WE ACTED FOR MARY, WHOSE INTERNATIONAL NORMALISED RATION (INR) WAS NOT MANAGED WELL AT HER NEW HOSPITAL AND SHE SUBSEQUENTLY SUFFERED A STROKE AS A CONSEQUENCE OF THIS.
In the 2000’s, Mary, who was 76 at the time of the settlement of the claim, was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and was fitted with a pacemaker. She also had a history of acute arterial emboli (where she was susceptible to blood clots).
Mary was therefore prescribed long-term warfarin to thin her blood to help reduce the risk of blood clots. Following a house move, Mary’s treatment was moved to a different hospital. Due to being on Warfarin, Mary had to undergo regular checking of her International Normalised Ration (INR) which was to ensure that her blood was not thinned too much. Unfortunately, following the transfer to the new hospital, her INR was not managed well. As a consequence of this, Mary sustained a cardiac embolus whereby a blood clot broke away causing a stroke.
Mary suffered significantly as a result of the stroke. Previously she was a very fit and active lady, contributing to the local community and undertaking lots of charity work. Following the stroke, she suffered permanent physical and cognitive impairment such that she required 24 hour care and attention. Her life expectancy was also reduced significantly.
We were able to negotiate damages of £300,000. This included money to meet the costs of paying for the care and assistance she now requires.