Widow Awarded Compensation for Misdiagnosis of Heart Attack

A grieving widow is to receive £100,000 compensation for the misdiagnosis of a heart attack after her husband received inadequate treatment prior to his death in 2009.

Ian Jardine (58) died at his home in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, a week after attending the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn complaining of a crushing pain in his chest and a shortness of breath.

Ian´s condition was diagnosed as being musculoskeletal in origin, and he was advised to attend the hospital´s chest clinic if the symptoms persisted.

“Anxious” and “in considerable pain”, Ian twice visited his GPs surgery, but declined an ambulance to take him to hospital when he returned from the second visit on 19th June 2009. He died later that evening from a coronary thrombosis.

Ian´s widow – Sharon Jardine – made a claim for compensation for the misdiagnosis of a heart attack and, in April this year, Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust admitted that if Ian´s condition had been diagnosed correctly he would have survived.

The settlement of compensation for the misdiagnosis of a heart attack was made with full admission of liability and an apology – a spokesperson for the hospital Trust saying “We wish to apologise to Mrs Jardine and her family and to extend our deep regret for the shortcomings in her husband’s care.”