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Settlement for family man who died following GP’s failure to refer to hospital with cardiac symptoms

Medical negligence lawyers secure financial settlement after a man died from a heart attack

25 June 2014

Clinical negligence partner, Sally-Jean Nicholes, has settled a claim on behalf of the family of Mr F.

Mr F died, aged 59, in December 2008 following a heart attack at home after his GP failed to refer him to hospital.

Mr F telephoned his GP surgery in the afternoon of 29 December 2008 complaining of chest pains radiating to his arm. He attended the surgery a few hours later where his GP noted his chest pains were not relieved by aspirin or Gaviscon he had taken and that he had a significant family history of heart disease.

She arranged for an ECG which was recorded as normal and took bloods to be tested for cardiac enzymes, with the results expected the next day. She instructed him to dial 999 if he felt any further chest pains.

Mr F returned home and reassured his wife that the GP had checked his heart. Mr F went to his study but sadly, a few hours later Mrs F found him dead.

He had suffered a myocardial infarction and, despite his son attempting CPR and continued efforts by paramedics when they arrived, Mr F could not be revived.

Mrs F approached two local firms of solicitors who would not take on the case. Initial investigations began with another firm but their advice was negative so Mrs F instructed Leigh Day.

We were able to obtain evidence to prove that Mr G should have been referred to hospital that day and if that had happened the seriousness of his cardiac condition would have been detected and he would not have died.

Mr F’s GP admitted liability and his family received a six figure sum in compensation.

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