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Many uk travel insurance claim processes result in a claim being declined for alleged non-disclosure. Often of an unrelated medical symptom or condition. Sadly this old insurers tactic is generally used against widows and the bereaved families of the policyholder. The dispute typically arises at the worst possible time for these families, when their vulnerability is high.
Our members have found that very often the medical history on application forms for insurance cover are completed from the applicants memory. Once a travel insurance claim is actually made though, the insurer has a peculiar insistence on going through the clinical history word by word, letter by letter line by line. These “small print” denials are stock in trade for some Health Insurance companies. These Insurers will attempt to decline or reduce perfectly reasonable claims. What they claim is often allegations of non-disclosure or other breaches of policy conditions or exclusions. Often these technical arguments are either unfounded or misinterpreted deliberately by insurers.
If you have a critical illness claim or fatal accident claim regardless of whether this is a refusal on grounds of innocent, deliberate, or inadvertent non-disclosure, or other policy term contact our members for an assessment of your case. They will fully consider your individual case and advise you whether you have a potential claim. This often involves careful consideration of your Policy and medical history. Surprisingly one in five life and critical illness policies are rejected by Insurance Companies but less than 1 in 1000 are ever challenged. A large number of these rejections are unfair. It can be hard to take on an Insurance “Giant” by yourself, something that our panel members fully understand from first-hand experience.
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Some time ago, one of our members was instructed by a young lady who had taken out life insurance on the part of her husband. About 8 years later he, tragically died after a fatal heart attack. The insurance company indicated that he had high blood pressure and periodontal disease and therefore (both were on the form and ticked no at the time of taking out the insurance) there could be no payment.
We looked carefully at this and neither condition was diagnosed at the time of taking out the policy. There was however, some overlap with the hypertension however, the evidence that this was causative of the condition that proved fatal was not conclusive, there was in fact a good degree of control exhibited and there was no indication that the two matters were in fact related. In fact the Insurers had reviewed the policy and inspected the notes several renewals had in fact taken place and we believed it was reasonable in the circumstances to demonstrate that efforts had been made to update the insurers.
Nursing Negligence Example
Some examples of nursing negligence would be:
- Failing to refer a patient who is suffering from an open wound or pressure sore that is not healing.
- Failing to gaurd against pressure sores, ulcers and weeping wounds.
- Failing to lift a patient safely leading to fractured bones which can go unnoticed or untreated
- Keeping a patient on antibiotics for a urinary tract infection when the infection is not responding.
- Not keeping a patient hydrated or not noticing that a patient is dehydrated or undernourished.
- Administering the wrong medication or the wrong dose.
- Not reffering a patient who is not responding to medication
- Not taking a patients consent or ignoring a patients wishes
Nursing Negligence Consequences
The consequence of negligence for the patient is nearly always injury or harm, for the responsible nurse the consequences vary but could be:
- The Nurse will likley have to be questioned and a statment taken by the Hospitals legal department.
- The Nurse will likely have to given an account to thier manager or supervisor
- They may face and investigation by the NHS Trust or the Hospital.
- They may have to face an investigation by the Royal College of Nursing and Midwifery.
- They may have no conseqeunces at all.
Ultimately much depends on the degree of negligence or harm that has been caused.
Nurse Negligence Wrongful Death
FATAL ACCIDENT INQUIRY INTO THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE DEATH OF MR JAMES MCNEILL  FAI 50
In terms of section 6(1)(a) of the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act 1976, the Sheriff found that Mr James McNeil (DOB 14th September 1935) died at 08:30 hours on the 22nd of October 2008 at Belhaven Hospital, Dunbar. The cause of death was (i) bronchopneumonia; (ii) pressure sores on back, ischemic heart disease, and dementia.In 1989, Mr McNeill was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and his condition eventually deteriorated in 2007. On 18th April 2008 Mr McNeill was admitted to Lennel House Nursing Home, Coldstream; Lennel House was a nursing home owned and operated by Guardian Care Homes (UK) Ltd. On admission to Lennel House an Admission Assessment Form was completed by the duty staff nurse. The assessment covered, inter alia, the risk of pressure sores; Mr McNeill was assessed as being at high risk of developing pressure sores.
On 19th May 2008 two blood blisters were noticed on Mr McNeill’s sacral cleft. These were the first manifestations of the early stages of pressure sores. In the course of the following days the blisters were treated with creams and dressings. However, the area of the wound, which was measured and recorded daily, increased. By 30th May 2008 the blisters measured 3 x 1.5cm and 1 x 1cm and were recorded as being necrotic and producing an odour, signs consistent with infection. By 9th June 2008 the measures put in place produced no improvement and the odour from the wound was now described as offensive. On 11th June 2008 the districtnurse visited Lennel House by prior arrangement. The wound now measured 13 x 4.5cm and was discharging thick yellow puss. A hole had appeared in the sacral cleft from which fluid leaked. The districtnurse arranged for Mr McNeill to be examined by a GP which examination was conducted on 12th June 2008. As a result of this examination the GP arranged for Mr McNeill to be admitted to the Borders General Hospital on 12th June 2008 in order to obtain a surgical opinion.
On 13th June 2008 surgical debridement of Mr McNeill’s pressure sore wound was carried out. The operating surgeon considered the wound to be serious and described the operation as a “planned emergency”. In his experience of having carried out 12 or so pressure sore debridements over the years, this was described as the worst which he had encountered.Mr McNeill remained at Borders General Hospital until 24th September 2008 when he was transferred to Roodlands Hospital, Haddington. On 20th October 2008 Mr McNeill was transferred to Belhaven Hospital in Dunbar. At about 06:00 hours on Wednesday 22nd October 2008 nurses attended on Mr McNeill to administer medication, including morphine sulphate, and prepare him for a bed bath. After about 30 minutes, when in course of being bathed, Mr McNeill’s condition deteriorated and he expired in the presence of nursing staff.
The Sheriff noted that from the evidence there could be little doubt that Mr McNeill’s care at Lennel House would have benefitted from better and more promptly implemented care plans and risk assessments; from being cared for by nursing staff who had the advantage of better managerial support; better induction procedures; better training especially in respect of pressure sores and the care of the elderly; better dissemination of information regarding policies and procedures; better access to specialist equipment; and from allocated time for communication as between staff on different shifts.
Focusing on Mr McNeill’s development of pressure sores, the risk of these developing would almost certainly have been reduced with earlier provision of special mattresses, cushions and organised and recorded positional changing. The Sheriff concluded from the evidence that the latest date when Lennel house nursing staff ought to have contacted the district nurse, or general practitioner, regarding Mr McNeill’s pressure sore would have been 4th June 2008. However, the Sheriff noted that in the interim period, key staff had changed at the nursing home and that following the death of Mr McNeill, procedures had been improved radically. For these reasons, the Sheriff considered it inappropriate to make any findings under the Act in terms of section 6(c) and (d).
FATAL ACCIDENT ENQUIRY INTO THE DEATH OF NASRULLAH KHALID, SHERIFF KENNETH ROSS, DUMFRIES SHERIFF COURT, 9TH MARCH 2011
In terms of section 6(1)(a) of the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act 1976, the sheriff found that Nasrullah Khalid died within cell B/17 at H M Prison, Terregles Street, Dumfries on 23 November 2009 between the hours of 3.15pm and 4.55pm. In terms of section 6(1)(b), the cause of death was (a) Ischaemic Heart Disease (b) Coronary Artery Thrombosis and (c) Coronary Artery atherosclorosis. A formal determination was made under section 6(1)(c).
Background: Mr. Khalid had suffered from a heart condition since 1996 when he had had a heart attack. The symptoms of his condition were stable angina, hypertension and atherosclerosis. For the three years prior to his death the deceased exercised regularly in Dumfries Prison gym. There was no medical reason why Mr. Khalid should not have participated in the exercise regime.
At about 1.50pm on 23rd November 2009 Mr. Khalid attended the prison gym as usual. About five minutes before the end of his routine the deceased experienced nausea and pains in the centre of his chest. He was examined by the duty nurse who concluded that he had suffered an angina attack. He was returned to his cell at 3.15pm and advised to rest and take his angina medication. At about 4.55pm Mr. Khalid was discovered lying on his bed with his eyes open and with vomit on his face. Officers commenced CPR and continued to do so until paramedics arrived about ten to fifteen minutes later. They took over the attempts to resuscitate Mr. Khalid which continued for a further twelve minutes. Throughout the procedure there was no response from Mr. Khalid. He was pronounced dead when the prison doctor arrived at 5.45pm.
Under s.6(1)(c) the sheriff found that, in the examination of Mr. Khalid at the Prison gym, it should have been established if the chest pain of which he had complained had disappeared completely. In the absence of such a finding, the prison doctor should have been contacted and an ambulance called. However, to have done so would not have guaranteed Mr. Khalid’s survival. Nor would that survival have been a probability.
What is a community nurse?
Delivering care to the elderly, disabled and vulnerable patients who are unable to travel to a hospital or doctor’s surgery, community nurses are registered nurses who have undertaken degree level training as a specialist practitioner. This course focuses on four key aspects of nursing including clinical nursing, care and programme management, clinical practice development and clinical practice leadership.
Community nurse roles and responsibilities
A community nurse is responsible for performing many of the same duties as a district nurse. These include basic care (checking temperature, blood pressure and breathing), wound management, administering injections, setting up intravenous drips and assisting doctors with examinations and medical procedures. Community-based nurses are also able to provide vital information to clients, their families and carer/s, much in the same way as district nurses, while emergency support may also be required in cases when a patient is suffering cardiac arrest or a stroke. This demonstrates the many hats a community nurse must don in their line of care.
So what is the difference between community and district nurses?
In recent times, the terms district and community have become interchangeable as a way of describing areas of villages, towns and cities, meaning that there may be no difference between community and district nurses at all.
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