Family gets payout after pensioner's fall at Morton Court Nursing Home in Lincoln
The family of a pensioner who fractured her leg when she fell in her nursing home have received a payout.
Edith Wray was a resident in Morton Court Nursing Home in Lincoln when she fell off a commode and fractured two bones.
She had been hoisted on to the commode and her family say she fell when she was left unsupervised. She was admitted to hospital and had to undergo surgery.
Her family say she was in pain until she died seven months later of an unrelated illness in December 2010 aged 95.
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Lincoln law firm Sills & Betteridge, acting on behalf of her sons Michael and Peter, launched a case against the home's owner, Lace Housing Ltd. Lace Housing denied negligence in failing to supervise or support Mrs Wray whilst she was using the commode. Before court proceedings began the company's insurers settled the case. The family received £12,000.
In a statement, Lace Housing said: "The home's staff acted at all times in accordance with Mrs Wray's agreed care plan, which provided for her privacy and wishes to be respected. The claim was handled by the home's insurers. We understand that the decision to settle taken by the insurers was on economic grounds."