Hull and East Yorkshire Hospital Compensation Claim

If you have been injured whilst in the care of the Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust you may be entitled to make a claim for medical negligence compensation. To speak to an expert about your situation, call Quittance on 0800 612 7456.

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust (2001) - Case Study

A 64-year-old auxiliary nurse (67 years at trial) was awarded damages of £2,500 following multiple injuries sustained after tripping and falling on copper pipes lying on the floor at a hospital in the Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust.

Upon falling, the Claimant immediately felt shocked and shaken. She suffered a two centimetre laceration injury to her right ankle and a smaller laceration to her left thigh as well as bruising to the right knee and pain across her right hip and left shoulder.

The Claimant recovered from the majority of her injuries within four weeks. However, the injury to her knee continued to cause pain. The Claimant had difficulty walking and putting weight on her right leg, and required care from her family members assessed at one hour per day for seven weeks.

The Claimant was unable to enjoy her hobby of ballroom dancing. She did not return to work and retired for medical reasons six months after the accident.

The knee injury was diagnosed as soft tissue damage. Physiotherapy was recommended to improve mobility, and the Claimant's main knee symptoms began to improve after four weeks. Treatment continued for six months, during which time the remaining symptoms improved considerably. When examined by medical experts nine months after the incident, the Claimant was found to be suffering extremely minor residual aching in her knee when kneeling or squatting.

Compensation award

At trial, Kingston-Upon-Hull County Court awarded damages against Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust of £2,500 (£3,759.38 RPI adjusted). All the compensation was attributed to pain, suffering and loss of amenity.

Because the Claimant was so close to retirement, the Court did not take into consideration the length of time the Claimant took off work. The Judge also decided that the Claimant's decision to retire was precautionary rather than a reflection on her ability to perform her duties. No award was made for loss of earnings.

Making a compensation claim against the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Making an accident at work claim against an employer can seem initially overwhelming, especially if the employer is a large, complex organisation like an NHS Trust. Just finding out what happened can be complicated.

Quittance's panel of solicitors has significant experience in taking on NHS trusts and securing financial compensation for workers affected by employer-related negligence and patients affected by clinical and medical negligence.

Call us on 0800 612 7456 to discuss your situation with a claims expert or find out what your claim could be worth.