Defendant Trust ambulance crew failed to secure the Deceased’s wheelchair correctly in their vehicle. As a consequence the wheelchair tipped backwards causing the Deceased to suffer fracture dislocation of his neck at C4/5. The Deceased developed bronchopneumonia during his subsequent hospital admission and died 18 days later. Post mortem confirmed development of bronchopneumonia was directly linked to neck injury. Claimant’s wife made a dependency claim. Liability admitted.
Out of court settlement: £35,000 (estimated General Damages £13,000).