Reaney v University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust and another

Damages – Personal injury. The defendants admitted the negligent exacerbation of the claimant's T7 paraplegia by deep (grade 4) pressure sores with the consequent infection of the bone marrow, abnormal shortening of the muscle tissue of her legs and a hip dislocation. The Queen's Bench Division considered the extent to which the claimant's condition had been made worse and what damages should be paid. Applying the principle that a tortfeasor had to take his victim as he found him and make full compensation for their worsened condition, the court found the defendants' negligence had made the claimant's position materially and significantly worse than it would have been but for that negligence.

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