A 102 year old woman has received compensation of £35,000 after she made a successful claim against the NHS.
Lydia Eaton was 97 when she was admitted to hospital with a fractured pelvis back in February 2007. She had injured herself in a fall close to her home, and was rushed to Medway Maritime Hospital in Kent.
However, Mrs Eaton was discharged from hospital just eight hours after her admittance. After her discharge, her injuries and condition deteriorated, and she was left unable to walk. Just two months after the accident occurred, she had to move into a specialist care home.
The Daily Mail reports that her daughter – Elaine Griffin – made a compensation claim on her behalf against the NHS. Their legal team argued that had she received the correct treatment, she would still be able to walk and would not have had to be moved to a care home.
Now, the paper reports that Mrs Eaton has received compensation of £35,000. It is claimed that Mrs Eaton is the oldest person to receive a compensation settlement after mistreatment by the NHS.
Mrs Eaton’s daughter stated to the paper that frustration at the response of the NHS to her concerns caused her to start legal action. She did however praise the care home staff for the care that they gave Mrs Eaton.