Widow receives payout following husband’s tragic death

The widow of a man who died after falling from a third-floor window has received compensation from the care home where her husband was living.

Julia Wright, from Harrow, received an undisclosed settlement from the Victoria Care Centre in North Acton for what happened.

Her husband of 54 years, Brian, fell out of a window at the home in October 2015 -after he specifically told a carer that he intended to jump out of one.

The court heard that, despite recommendations from the psychiatric team at Northwick Park Hospital for constant supervision, Mr Wright, 81, who had a history of threatening to jump from windows, was not restrained in any way at the home.

CCTV footage of the evening he died showed he told a carer he was going to jump before forcing open the windows in the room next to his and falling onto the concrete below.

He was airlifted to hospital but died five days later.

Hearing the case at North London Coroner’s Court, coroner Andrew Walker said it was a “matter of grave concern” that Mr Wright had been able to force the restraining device fitted to the window.

He noted that the Department of Health had recommended secondary window catches be fitted to guard against such risks.

In his verdict, Mr Walker said that if those devices had been fitted at the time, it is unlikely that Mr Wright would have died when he did.

Andrew Morgan, from law firm Fieldfisher, said he believes that Mr Wright had been badly let down by the care home.

Paying tribute to her husband, Mrs Wright said: “I still find it impossible to do things like listen to music, which he loved, or to socialise.”

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