Death following complications of knee replacement procedure
Our client’s late husband contracted MRSA at the site of a knee replacement. Although the infection was treated with appropriate antibiotics the infection recurred on several occasions and ultimately necessitated the amputation of the deceased’s leg. Unfortunately the deceased had been so weakened by the effects of the recurrent infection that he ultimately succumbed to bronchopneumonia before he was able to leave hospital. The deceased was hospitalised for seven months, much of it in isolation, from the knee replacement procedure to the date of his untimely death. We represented our client at the Inquest into her husband’s death. Following the Inquest it was admitted by the Defendant Trust that the deceased should have been screened for MRSA before the knee replacement procedure. It was, however, denied by the Trust that this would have made any difference. The Trust argued, through its lawyers, that the MRSA infection would have occurred in any event. Although the Defendant continued to deny that any negligence had caused the death it was ultimately persuaded to settle the claim for £32,500
We are regularly instructed to represent bereaved families at Inquests in circumstances where there is a suggestion that death of a relative has resulted from shortcomings in medical care.