Inquest hears man died from brain injury after fall

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A man who suffered a fall at his home in Lawshall sustained a brain injury from which he later died, an inquest concluded.

Derek Hatley, 76, was taken to the West Suffolk Hospital on March 2, after falling in the bathroom.

At that time Mr Hatley, who was found by his wife, was unconscious and a CT scan revealed that he had sustained a traumatic brain injury.

Initially Mr Hatley was treated at the West Suffolk Hospital but later he was transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge for specialist care.

The inquest at Bury St Edmunds heard that following consultation with Mr Hatley’s family, it was eventually decided to withdraw care and he died on March 14.

The cause of death was recorded as traumatic brain injury. Assistant Suffolk Coroner Dr Daniel Sharpstone recorded a conclusion that Mr Hatley died as a consequence of a fall.