We were contacted by the family of Mrs Welch after she had died in hospital. They wanted us to represent them at the Inquest into Mrs Welch’s death. We supported the family during this very upsetting process. The Coroner found there had been serious failings and made recommendations to the Defendant hospital for improving treatment to patients.We are often approached by clients who need representation at an Inquest. Mrs Welch’s family came to us following her death. Mrs Welch had been admitted to Leicester General Hospital with a history of heart problems and cellulites (a serious skin condition). She and gained weight due to fluid retention. Mrs Welch’s GP recommended admission to hospital for monitoring and treatment. It was anticipated that IV medication would be given which was likely to have better results than oral medication.
Unfortunately Mrs Welch had limited input by Senior Doctors and her medication was changed. She spent the next two weeks being transferred to outlying wards. It became apparent to Mrs Welch’s family that her treating Consultants rarely visited the ward.
On the morning of Mrs Welch’s death her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and David Rowe, were travelling to the hospital with a letter of complaint. The family were shocked to learn of Mrs Welch’s death and consequently invited the Coroner to investigate whether the death could have been avoided.
The Coroner held an Inquest at which the Doctors involved in Mrs Welch’s treatment gave evidence that she was seriously ill on admission and they did not expect her to be discharged. This was the first time that Mrs Welch’s family had been informed that she was unlikely to improve or return home. They were very disappointed that it took an Inquest to bring this information to light.
An independent report from a Nursing Care expert instructed by the Coroner was highly critical of the monitoring of Mrs Welch’s condition. The family were upset to learn that Mrs Welch’s pain medication was ignored and she did not receive reasonable care which could have improved her quality of life.
Mrs Welch’s family would probably have not invited the Coroner to hold an inquest had doctors communicated with them more fully when Mrs Welch was admitted to hospital. However, in light of their determination to investigate what had happened to Mrs Welch, serious failings were identified. It is hoped that the Coroner’s recommendation that the Trust fully investigate and identify ways in which treatment can be improved will help patients in the future
We represented Martin at the Inquest of his deceased Mother. As a result of the Inquest there have been significant changes to NHS procedures.
Rosie suffered from brain damage at birth. We proved negligence and achieved a substantial settlement for Rosie. This has allowed her to live in an adapted property that is specific to her needs. It also funded additional private medical treatment.
When Harry’s father died he felt the GP had been negligent. We gathered the medical evidence we needed to show this was the case. We succeeded in pursuing a claim for compensation for Harry because he was classed as a ‘dependent’ of the deceased.
Theresa had spent many years trying to get compensation for poor medical treatment. The hospital denied any wrongdoing. When Theresa came to us we listened and took time to understand. We followed up her case and we recovered compensation for her.
Elizabeth had instructed another firm of solicitors but she felt they lacked empathy. She came to us and we arranged much needed counselling to help her cope with the loss of her daughter.
Doctors were slow to diagnose a problem with Ian’s circulation. As a result he had to have his right leg amputated above the knee. Ian was aged 77 and this impacted on his life significantly. We were able to secure compensation for him.
Kevin had been detained in a Mental Health Unit he was 17. His family was already worried about his behaviour when he absconded from the Unit. He was attacked and seriously injured while he was out. We successfully pursued a complex case for compensation and now Kevin can get the care he needs.
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