The High Court of Justice has approved a care package and settlement of compensation for a stroke due to medical negligence in favour of a 74-year-old man.
The unnamed 74-year-old man was found to have an irregular heartbeat in February 2011 after attending the University College Hospital in London. As he had a history of heart problems – due to which he had been fitted with a stent and a pacemaker – he was prescribed warfarin.
However, due to a communications failure between medical professionals – and despite a second visit to the hospital and numerous visits to his GP – he was unable to access the anti-coagulant drug and, four months later, suffered a stroke.
The consequences of the stroke have been devastating for the man and his family. He is now fully dependant on his wife and children for simple day-to-day tasks and, in addition to his physical limitations, has also lost some of his cognitive abilities.
On the man´s behalf, his family claimed compensation for a stroke due to medical negligence against the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The NHS Trust admitted liability for the errors that led to his stroke and a settlement of compensation that includes a care package was agreed.
The settlement – estimated to be worth seven figures – was recently approved at the High Court of Justice, after which the family´s solicitor commented: “We are glad the settlement has now been approved as the family can live safe in the knowledge that their future is secure and their husband and father will be able to access the care he needs.”
He added: “Sadly, this man was simply not provided with suitable treatment and as a result suffered a severe stroke which has left him with life-changing injuries. He was unable to access the anti-coagulant medication that would have reduced his risk of suffering a stroke and the physical and mental problems he now suffers as a result”.