Hospital Deaths

Real Life Experiences

WE ACTED ON BEHALF OF HELEN'S HUSBAND AND CHILDREN AND SOUGHT DAMAGES TO MEET VARIOUS LOSSES.

Helen

Helen was 32 and had one child. She became pregnant and was admitted to hospital to give birth. The birth went well but shortly afterwards she suffered torrential bleeding (post-partum haemorrhage). The midwives called the consultant obstetrician and she was taken to surgery. Her surgery was successful in stopping the bleeding but the team underestimated how much blood she had lost. It was thought she has lost two litres when in fact she had lost five. The anaesthetists gave her some replacement fluids but they should have given her much more. They also should have given her replacement blood.

She was brought round after surgery and helped into a sitting position. She then suffered a cardiac arrest. Staff were unable to resuscitate her and tragically she died.

At an inquest the coroner was highly critical of the treatment she received.

A claim was made on behalf of her husband and children. The claim sought damages to meet various losses. These included the benefit of her significant income to meet family expenses and the value of the care she would have provided, particularly to her children. Valuing the claim was complex but the family received damages of £600,000.

All names have been changed to protect the identities of the individuals