InsightsInsight - Medical Negligence - POSTED: October 13 2020
Brachers secures £70,000 settlement after mother dies following hospital failure to medicate
The woman died from a cardiac arrest following a failure by the hospital to administer Clexane – an anticoagulant medication. The settlement was achieved in a complex medical negligence case, with a ‘no-win no-fee’ agreement.
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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.
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.
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