“Routine Operation Culminated in Death Due to Hospital Acquired Infection” Asons Solicitors Comment

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As reported in the ‘The Bolton News,’ it has been acknowledged that the recent death of Eileen Taylor could have been prevented. After undergoing a knee replacement operation at Beardwood Hospital in Blackburn, it is alleged that Mrs Taylor died from a hospital acquired infection.

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Mrs Taylor’s husband has been very vocal, claiming an animal would have received better care from a vet. In many ways he is correct, the aftercare she received from her hospital and local surgery simply wasn't good enough.

As reported in the ‘The Bolton News,’ it has been acknowledged that the recent death of Eileen Taylor could have been prevented. After undergoing a knee replacement operation at Beardwood Hospital in Blackburn, it is alleged that Mrs Taylor died from a hospital acquired infection.

Both the Hospital and her local health centre have been criticised, with coroner Michael Singleton describing the circumstances (1)–

“The tragedy in this is that there may have been an opportunity for events to have turned out differently. There may well have been misunderstandings; there may well have been a failure in recognising the severity of infection.”

After undergoing her knee replacement, Mrs Taylor didn’t receive any follow-up visits from a district nurse, leaving her 81-year-old-husband in the position of having to change her dressings and administer injections himself (1). Becoming concerned with the progression of her recovery, Mrs Taylor attempted to see her GP at her local health centre, where she was repeatedly told he couldn’t see her, as he was ‘very busy.’ (1)

Eventually seeing Dr Anthony Hirst, he examined her knee and despite noting that there was ’evidence of an infection,’ he asserted that no further treatment was required beyond antibiotics (1).

According to the Bolton News, upon returning home, Mrs Taylor’s symptoms progressed ‘from bad to worse.’ An ambulance was called and within minutes she was diagnosed as having a serious infection by the paramedics. Arriving at the hospital, there was a twenty five minutes delay before she was seen, by then her oxygen levels had dropped and it was too late.

Commenting on the report, Asons Executive, Laura Williams:

“Mrs Taylor’s husband has been very vocal, claiming an animal would have received better care from a vet. In many ways he is correct; the aftercare she received from her hospital and local surgery simply wasn’t good enough.

"Asons Solicitors frequently work with clients making medical negligence claims, and often it is because they have suffered from hospital acquired infections. More needs to be done to enforce hygiene protocols in hospitals in order to protect patients from dangerous complications.”

In the event that you consider yourself to have been subject to medical negligence, you must seek legal advice as quickly as possible. Taking action can prevent the same situation from reoccurring, helping others to avoid injury in future.

If you, or someone you know, have suffered as a result of medical negligence, then you may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Asons Solicitors deal with medical negligence claims on a regular basis, you can contact them on: 0844 850 1062 or you can fill out their claim form at http://www.asons.co.uk

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(1) ‘Family Blame Poor After-Care for Death of Darwen Woman Following Knee-Op’ (17/06/2013) theboltonnews.co.uk/archive/2013/06/14/Darwen+%28darwen%29/10485529.Family_blames_poor_after_care_for_death_of_Darwen_woman_following_knee_op/

About Asons Solicitors:

Asons Solicitors is a Bolton-based law practice that specialises in personal injury and industrial disease claims. Founded by brothers Imran Akram and Kamran Akram, Asons Solicitors has developed to become a young and dynamic law firm that delivers practical solutions to clients in times of difficulty. Their continued focus on their staff has seen them awarded with the Investors in People “Gold Award”; which is reflected in the professional and personable approach they take in working with clients. They strive to grow and to develop, and their supportiveness and attention to detail ensures that their clients use them time and again.

For further information contact:
Email: info (at) asons (dot) co.uk
Website: http://www.asons.co.uk

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