• Brachers recently acted for the fiancée of a man who tragically died from a pulmonary thromboembolism following surgery.

    We were successful in securing compensation of more than half-a-million pounds for our client in this complex medical negligence case.

    The case

    Our client’s fiancé, Mr M, was involved in an accident at work where he sustained a de-gloving laceration and serious fracture to his ankle.

    He underwent skin graft surgery and was placed in a plaster below his knee (known as a back slab). After discharge, Mr M returned weekly for his dressings to be changed. He was repeatedly advised to keep his injured leg elevated and non-weight bearing, which he did.

    Mr M later attended A&E with breathlessness and chest pain. A CT scan taken at the hospital showed that a large pulmonary embolism had developed. He subsequently suffered seizures and cardiac arrest. Despite emergency treatment, Mr M sadly died.

    This was a complex case. However, Brachers was able to establish that the Trust had failed to properly communicate the post-operative aftercare instructions to Mr M. This led to Mr M developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), causing his pulmonary thromboembolism and tragic death, which could have been avoidable.

    The outcome

    Harriet Humphrey and Andrew Bate of Brachers’ Medical Negligence team acted for Mr M’s fiancée, successfully negotiating a settlement of £520,000.

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