A NEGLIGENCE claim has been brought against a Burton care home after a 70-year-old man lost his eye in a fall.
Pete Tiso ruptured and dislocated his right eye when it is claimed he hit his face on the corner of a bedside table on the first night of respite care at Bridge Court Care Home.
A stroke Mr Tiso suffered in 2004 paralysed his right-hand side, leaving him with speech difficulties and needing a walking stick, said his 65-year-old wife, Cath.
The couple, of Longfellow Close, Burton, claim no assessment was made of his needs and the room was incorrectly set up for him.
The Elder Homes Group, which runs the Ashby Road care home, has denied liability so the civil case will go before Northampton County Court later this year.
The group’s defence states that a risk assessment was carried out upon Mr Tiso’s admission and that it took ‘all reasonable steps to ensure the reasonable safety of the claimant whilst in its care’.
Mrs Tiso, who has been married to her husband for 26 years, told the Mail: “I nearly fainted when they told me he would lose the sight in his eye.
“I was literally shocked because I never thought anything like that would happen.”
Mr Tiso needed 24-hour care from his wife, who helps to feed and bathe him as a result of his stroke.
He went into the care home on April 12, 2012, to give his wife a break from her duties. He also had a chest and urine infection at the time.
Care workers found him on the floor of his room when they checked on him at about 6.30am the next day.
He was taken to hospital, where he stayed for four days, and was told he would be blind in his eye, despite the best efforts of surgeons.
Mrs Tiso, a former warehouse worker, said the fall has had a devastating affect on her husband.
She said: “He used a walking stick to get around the house, but he has not walked at all since this happened – I think he’s too frightened – and his confidence has completely gone.”
The couple have five children, grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Elder Homes had not responded to repeated requests to comment on the case, but the Mail has been able to obtain copies of the company’s signed court documents.