£400k damages after Hospital failure to properly diagnose blood clot

02 October 2014

£400k damages after Ulster Hospital Dundonald fails to properly diagnose DVT

An award of £400,000 in damages has been made to a 41 year old mother from Belfast who sustained a serious injury following the birth of her first child at the Ulster Hospital in June 2009.

The woman developed a Deep Vein Thrombosis or "DVT" in her leg following delivery and she claimed that the hospital failed to property assess her as high risk, given that she was pregnant and over the age of 35.

It was claimed that anti-coagulation medication should have been provided to her to prevent a DVT from forming, but this was not done. There was a further allegation of negligence made in relation to the woman’s initial attendance at A&E with leg pain. Despite being at a higher risk of developing DVT, her symptoms were dismissed and she was sent home without treatment.

In this case, the woman now has to take daily medication and wear unsightly stockings to prevent further clotting in the future.

Liability was admitted by the Trust prior to hearing and the case was settled out of court.

Deep Vein Thrombosis is a condition whereby a blood clot develops in the leg; it is more common in woman who are pregnant, particularly those over 35. A clot can form at any time during pregnancy and in the initial weeks following delivery. A DVT can be fatal if it dislodges and travels to the lungs.

If you believe that a hospital in Northern Ireland may have been negligent in providing advice or medical treatment to you during or following pregnancy, which has resulted in a DVT or other injury, Worthingtons Solicitors have an experienced team of litigators who specialise in Medical negligence, and who will gladly provide advice on all aspects of medical negligence claims in Northern Ireland.

Contact Claire McDaid at our Belfast office on (90434015) or Nikki McConnell at our Newtownards office on (91811538) for advice and guidance on this process.

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