Compensation claims against hospitals are often riddled with difficulty. Doctors and hospital staff are, after all, only human and are trying to do their best for their patients.
With this in mind, any act of negligence needs to be pretty clear before a compensation claim can proceed.
A classic example of this was brought to my attention last week when the family of Jenny McCormack, 76, said that they wanted to sue the NHS for failing to realise that she had broken her leg 3 weeks after she had fallen from a “specialist falls prevention chair” at Stobhill Hospital.
It was only when the family involved Solicitors that an X-ray was eventually taken.
The Hospital has apologised unreservedly but Jenny’s family have raised the legal action in the hope that it will prevent other patients going through similar agony in the future.