Discharging patient after misdiagnosis causes death
Mrs B’s husband suffered a large pulmonary embolism which was wrongly diagnosed as angina by hospital staff.
Misdiagnosis at local hospital
Mrs B's husband was treated at hospital with a course of anticoagulant treatment before his death.
A month after he completed his treatment, he suffered a severe shortness of breath during his nightshift at work and collapsed.
Diagnosis as angina at local hospital
At the end of his shift he attended the Accident & Emergency Department of his local hospital.
He was examined by a Senior House Officer (SHO) who diagnosed probable angina and prescribed him a GTN spray.
Discharged patient from hospital
The Senior House Officer discharged Mr B from hospital to be followed up by his GP.
Died at home from pulmonary embolism
Mr B went home from the hospital but collapsed again and died that evening.
The cause of death was pulmonary embolism.
Clinical negligence claim for misdiagnosis
Digby Brown pursued a clinical negligence claim on behalf of Mrs B and other members of the family for the medical misdiagnosis.
Our clinical negligence solicitors successful recovered full compensation for the death.