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Posted on 19th February 2018

Heart Patient Died After Doctors Failed To Act

A man with an inherited heart condition died after doctors failed to deliver basic care. Doctors left his condition undiagnosed and failed to act on test results, but they also ignored the patient’s emails when he asked for medical help.

In 2009, the patient was first diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. This condition causes the heart walls to thicken. As a result, it makes it harder for the heart to beat. Over the years, the patient saw specialists for the condition.

In August 2015, a test revealed that the patient had a further condition, ventricular tachycardia. This condition produces a fast and irregular heartbeat. Upon receiving the test results, the doctor took no action. In November 2015, another doctor looked at the results and still did not take action.

It was not until April 2016 that the heart patient was referred for treatment, after eight months of the condition being left undiagnosed. With his referral, the patient was waiting for an ICD implantable defibrillator. While waiting, the patient emails doctors, growing concerned about the waiting time. In June 2016, the patient suffered a cardiac arrest and died.

Had the doctors followed proper protocols, and the patient received earlier treatment, his life may have been saved.  Barts Health NHS Trust has since reviewed their processes as a result of the coroner’s report of this tragic incident.

What Negligence Claimline Say

In most cases, treatment will follow industry guidelines, to ensure that patients receive the necessary help in an efficient manner based on the urgency of the condition. However, sometimes through administrative errors or doctor mistakes, people fail to receive the appropriate treatment on time.

If you or a loved one have suffered as a result of delayed treatment times, then Negligence Claimline can help. In some cases, an apology is enough, but when it is not, compensation can go some way to making sure you receive the necessary treatment and aftercare.

If you have not received the medical care expected, then speak to our expert solicitors who can discuss your case. Our team of friendly advisors can help to advise you on your situation and explain the process of compensation. If you would like to find out more, then fill out our free 24-hour claim assessment form by clicking here or telephoning 0330 355 9210.