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Mrs B recovered £17,500

We acted for Mrs B who suffered an unwitnessed fall and broke her femur whilst in a care home where she was receiving respite care. The Defendants initially denied that they were responsible for the fall but after some negotiations we settled the claim in Mrs B’s favour for £17,500.

In December 2013, Mrs B fell suffering a fractured knee and was admitted to hospital.  Following her discharge from hospital she went into respite care at a local care home.    On 22 February 2014, Mrs B, whilst at the Care Home, suffered an unwitnessed fall and broke her femur, for which she required surgery.

The second fall had in fact caused a further fracture to the femur however the Care home failed to call an ambulance and a doctor was not called, the staff simply hoisted Mrs B from the floor into a wheelchair and then into a bed. Mrs B’s daughter visited that evening to find her to be visibly shaken and upon removing her blanket she saw that her mother’s right leg was shorter than the left, the upper thigh was disfigured and the leg was clearly broken. An ambulance was called, and Mrs B was readmitted to the hospital. As  a result of the second fall, Mrs B was now bed bound.

We argued that the failure to keep a close watch on Mrs B or to carry out an adequate falls risk assessment was a major factor in her fall.

We received an initial offer of £7,500 but settled the Claim for the client at £17,500.