Legal support was sought by the family of an 89-year-old woman who had a stroke and died after her GP left her without vital blood-thinning medication for more than a week when switching her course of treatment.
The Legal Process
The care of the patient was investigated as part of a legal case led by medical negligence solicitor Michelle Tebbutt.
Following those investigations, a letter of claim was served against the patient’s GP alleging the woman had been wrongly advised to check her blood clotting levels for up to 10 days before switching medication. An independent expert haematologist, consulted as part of the legal case, said she could in fact have started on her new medication a day after stopping taking her previous course of medication.
It was alleged an eight day delay in switching medication courses contributed to the patient suffering a stroke, leaving her completely blind, and ultimately contributing to her death a few months later.
A five-figure damages settlement was agreed with the family of the patient after the GP’s indemnifier did not dispute liability. The matter was settled out of court.
Hudgell Solicitors comment
Solicitor Michelle Tebbutt said: “Death is never easy and the fact it could have been avoided makes it worse, but now some responsibility has been accepted as a damages settlement was offered, and hopefully it will go some way to providing some closure for her devastated family.”
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