74 year old scarred after negligent care home failure
A dementia patient who suffered severe burns at a care home has received significant compensation with the support of Thompsons Solicitors.
Brenda Williams, 74, was admitted to the Burns Unit at Morriston Hospital in Swansea to treat serious injuries caused by hot water piping in her bedroom that was not adequately covered or lagged.
The injuries caused included intense burns of over ten inches to Brenda’s left forearm, and further burns of six inches to her left leg.
Brenda’s husband Colin explains that Brenda has deteriorated significantly following this painful and distressing incident. “Allowing Brenda to go in to a home to be cared for by others was a very difficult decision. I really tried to care for her myself at home for as long as I could. We have been married for over 50 years and she is my soul mate, I would not have had it any other way.
“When it became no longer safe for me to care for Brenda, I placed all of my trust in Campion Gardens Care Home. Within days, she was hospitalised with severe burns. Brenda has suffered so much and has been extremely upset at times.
“I also had real concerns about whether she was being given food and drink regularly at the Home, and whether she was being washed and dressed in clean clothes. These are basic human rights. That’s why securing compensation was so important, so we now know that Brenda’s long-term care needs will be taken care of.”
Catherine Cladingbowl, a serious injury solicitor at Thompsons Solicitors says: “Campion Gardens Care Home failed to carry out sufficient risk assessments and routine health and safety. The result is a painful and distressing injury that has contributed heavily to Brenda’s further deterioration.”
“This incident was entirely avoidable, but no one can change what has happened. We have worked to ensure that Brenda received the compensation she needs and deserves at her new care home.”
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