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Fatal negligent heart treatment results in compensation

Consultant cardiologist misdiagnosed businessman’s heart condition

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3 March 2011

Maria Panteli, clinical negligence solicitor at Leigh Day & Co, has successfully concluded a medical negligence claim on behalf of a widow for a six-figure sum of compensation when her husband died at the age of 47, leaving her with four children aged between 9 and 15 at the time of their father’s death.

Our client’s husband saw a consultant cardiologist on a private basis in July 2004 after complaining of palpitations on exertion.  He died in August 2005.  The cause of death was a fatal cardiac arrhythmia.  

Our client’s case was that the consultant failed in his duty of care towards his patient by failing to take steps to investigate the nature of his arrhythmia which should have led to her husband undergoing further ECG investigations and, if necessary, wearing a recording device which would have been triggered by an abnormal heart rhythm.  If investigated reasonably the diagnosis of ventricular tachycardia would have been made and our clients’ husband could have been treated with an implantable defibrillator.  This would have administered a shock in the event of the abnormal heart rhythm thus avoiding his death.

Our client’s case was supported by medical experts who argued that the cardiologist had failed to investigate the arrhythmia thoroughly, particularly given the prominence of the palpitations in the medical history and the known diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. 

The clinical negligence team at Leigh Day & Co has unrivalled experience in dealing with claims for compensation arising out of the misdiagnosis or mistreatment of heart conditions, or for clients whose heart surgery or post-operative care has been substandard. For more information about a possible claim for compensation please contact our in-house clinical negligence enquiry team on 020 7650 1200.
 

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