Claimant, aged 70 years, developed Grade 3-4 pressure sores to his buttocks, sacrum and heels following admission to Trust for manipulation and application of plaster to both knees under general anaesthetic. His symptoms necessitated hospital admission for 6 weeks and took a year to fully heal.
Claimant alleged negligent failure to make an adequate assessment of his risk of developing pressure sores on his admission and prescribe pressure relieving mattress and adopt a nursing system of regular repositioning and inspection. Liability admitted.
Out of court settlement: £20,000 (estimated General Damages £18,000).