• Brachers recently acted for Mr C after his mother tragically died following a cardiac arrest due to a failure by the hospital to administer medication.

    We were successful in securing compensation of £70,000 for our client in this complex medical negligence case.

    The case

    Our client’s mother, Mrs C, attended the emergency department of her local hospital following a review by her GP and consideration that she required immediate attention by A&E.

    Mrs C had right sided chest pain and after examination, a differential diagnosis of chest pain due to muscular or pleuritic pain or a pulmonary embolism (a blood clot within the lungs) was considered.

    A blood test was undertaken to check for a blood clot with the result noted to be high and ‘massively raised’.

    The ED Registrar looking after Mrs C prescribed a single dose of Clexane however the dose was not recorded, and the administration time and frequency were also not stated. The Registrar asked for Mrs C to be weighed in order to complete the prescription before handing over to the medical team.

    It transpired that Clexane was not administered and Mrs C later walked to the toilet, and on her return, she became breathless, suffering a cardiac arrest and ultimately died. The cause of death was recorded as pulmonary arterial thromboembolism found in all large and small branches of pulmonary arteries.

    This was a complex case, but Brachers were able to establish that the Trust had failed to properly administer the medication, leading to Mrs C suffering a fatal cardiac arrest, and had the medication been properly administered Mrs C would have survived.

    Harriet Humphrey and Andrew Bate of Brachers’ Clinical Negligence team acted for Mrs C’s son, successfully negotiating a settlement of £70,000.

    How to get help

    If you are concerned that you or a family member have not received adequate care leading to injury or death, then our specialist ‘no win no fee’ team is able to assist. We can advise on whether there may be a claim for compensation and can also represent families at inquests.

    We have a proven track record for achieving excellent results in a wide variety of medical fields, and have successfully handled cases involving birth injuries, orthopaedic surgery, prescription errors, nursing failures, anticoagulation management, strokes, delayed or missed cancer diagnoses, falls from hospital beds, misinterpretation of radiology, A&E errors, brain damage, cardiology investigations and management, ICU and ITU care, anaesthesia, diabetes management, amputation, compartment syndrome, pressure sores, dental mishaps, ophthalmology, neurology, and many more.

    Many of our clients have sadly been left disabled as a result of a medial accident. We pride ourselves on helping them to access the support they need. Our clients often require extra care and assistance, while others need specialist therapies or corrective surgery. If a client needs specific equipment or even new accommodation, we can secure advance payments for their damages from the defendant, so that they don’t have to wait for the care and facilities they need to recover or improve the quality of their lives.

    We acknowledge that litigation can be a daunting process, and we are here to support and assist our clients every step of the way. If you would like more information, please get in touch with our Medical Negligence team today.

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