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Cardiac and heart disease claims

Suffering from a serious heart condition is a worrying and stressful time for both you and your family. Discovering the medical care relating to any heart conditions you or a family member received was negligent, will only add to your distress.

The majority of cardiac operations and heart disease diagnoses in the UK are successful. However, there are instances where medical negligence causes or worsens the condition, which can have devastating effects. This can include the misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, inappropriate treatment and mismanagement of various heart and cardiac diseases.  

Common cardiac and heart disease conditions that can be misdiagnosed include:

If you’ve received negligent medical care, you may be able to bring a claim for compensation. This could be for the misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of your cardiac disease, or for the negligent treatment of your heart condition. 

Our specialist medical negligence teams in London and Manchester have extensive experience of bringing compensation claims against cardiac specialists. This includes surgeons and hospital doctors, as well as general practitioners who have missed vital signs of heart disease, or have failed to refer their patients on for further cardiac investigations.  

Ready to talk? Contact our team about your cardiac and heart disease claim. Call 020 7650 1200 or

Making cardiology and cardiothoracic negligence claims

Cardiology and cardiovascular compensation claims can be challenging and complex. 
Our team of experts in cardiac cases can help you bring a successful cardiac compensation claim and they have experience in cases including: 
  • Heart attack misdiagnosis and treatment 
  • Negligent heart surgery 
  • Failure to diagnose a fatal cardiac arrhythmia 
  • The fatal failure of hospital staff to transfer patients to specialist heart wards 
  • The fatal failure of doctors to recognise and treat endocarditis (an infection of the heart) in patients
  • The rupture of a man’s aorta after his discharge from the casualty department
If your heart condition is misdiagnosed, delayed or treated negligently, the long-term consequences for you and your family can be serious. The misinterpretation of heart disease can lead to someone experiencing pain, injury brain damage and death, in some cases.
Various factors can lead to a misdiagnosed heart attack, disease or other cardiac condition. Similar symptoms across a range of heart diseases and cardiac conditions can result in an incorrect diagnosis, followed by a prescription of the incorrect medication or a delay to the appropriate treatment. Other delays to treating heart and cardiac problems can be due to medical mistakes, incompetence and other circumstances.

How to make a cardiac and heart disease claim

To start your claim, get in touch with our medical negligence team for a free initial consultation, where we will listen to your claim, ask you relevant questions to assess if you have a possible case or not. 
To help support your claim, you will usually need to gather as much supporting evidence as possible condition. This includes: 
  • Medical records and documents related to your heart or cardiac diagnosis and treatment
  • Financial records to support any loss of earnings claims
To start your heart or cardiac claim:
  • Phone 020 7650 1200 and talk with one of our medical negligence team or

Cardiac and heart disease compensation

A delay to your heart surgery can result in a heart condition deteriorating to the extent that you’re unable to work and support your family. Negligence mistakes made during heart surgery can also leave you unable to continue with your career.  
Any potential cardiovascular compensation claim will take into account your loss of earnings because of the negligence you have experienced. Whether you have suffered a heart attack misdiagnosis, mistreatment for high blood pressure or any other form of medical negligence related to heart and cardiac issues, compensation awarded can be used towards:
  • Loss of earnings through being unable to work during and after treatment
  • Additional medication and treatment costs
  • Long-term health effects and care costs
  • Specialist equipment – for example, if a misdiagnosed stroke leads to paralysis requiring the use of a wheelchair
  • Travel expenses to treatment and therapy appointments
  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering
  • Funeral costs
A few examples of the amounts of heart disease and cardiac compensation our exert medical negligence team have successfully claimed for our clients include: 
  • Six-figure sum for a 12-year-old girl whose father died after Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital failed to realise he was having a heart attack. The 47-year-old father arrived at A&E displaying typical symptoms but his heart attack misdiagnosis meant he was not referred to the cardiology unit and tragically died two hours after walking into A&E.
  • A woman awarded £1.67 million after her heart infection was missed, which resulted in her suffering a stroke. She attended nine medical appointments in two months, where her heart infection was misdiagnosed several times and she had a stroke. Now she can no longer work and is reliant on carers.  

Why choose Leigh Day?

Our medical negligence team has more than 30 years’ experience, which includes extensive work across a wide range of heart and cardiac claims. 

We have worked hard for our clients to secure significant amounts of compensation following a misdiagnosed heart attack, stroke or other cardiac condition. This has helped many start to rebuild their lives and go some way towards securing them the justice they deserve.
Olive Lewin is a Leigh Day partner and highly experienced clinical negligence lawyer – with more than 25 years specialising in the field. She previously worked as a nurse, which gives her an incredible amount of expertise and understanding dealing with heart and cardiac negligence cases. 
“One of the best solicitors I have ever worked with. Has extensive experience in medical negligence work, very thorough and detailed, and achieves excellent outcomes for the client.” – Tony Sirimanna, Consultant Audiological Physician at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.
Due to her dual qualifications, Olive works on many of the more complex medical claims – including heart and cardiology ones. She successfully claimed £1.67 million for one client who had a stroke after her heart infection was misdiagnosed. Olive is a member of APIL, AvMA and the Spinal Injuries Association.
Contact Leigh Day to discuss your heart and cardiac claims. Call 020 7650 1200 or

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