Misdiagnosis of pulmonary embolism causes death to husband and father
Digby Brown acted for the family of the deceased, MG in a medical negligence action raised against Mr G’s GPs. MG was 34 years old when he died from a pulmonary embolism (PE). Despite attending his GP surgery with symptoms suggestive of a PE (breathlessness, cough, haemoptysis) the GPs failed to make the correct diagnosis. In order to succeed, it was necessary for the family to prove that the GPs involved had been negligent and that if they had suspected a PE, they would have referred MG to hospital for investigation which would have saved his life. Digby Brown successfully settled the case shortly before Proof.