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At Hay & Kilner, we have one of the leading Clinical Negligence teams in the North East & Cumbria, dedicated to helping victims of fatal clinical negligence claims.

At Hay & Kilner we understand that no amount of money can replace a loved one who has died as a result of a medical or surgical error. If financial losses have been suffered an award of compensation can help to relieve any financial burden suffered as a result of the fatal error. A fatal clinical negligence claim can arise due to a number of medical errors, such as misdiagnosis; surgical error; and improper care of elderly patients in care homes or hospital.

Here are some examples of our settled and current fatal claims:

Failure to diagnose pneumonia

We settled a claim for £200,000 on behalf of our client’s late wife, who became ill with a fever, chest tightness, overall body pain, sore throat and dehydration. She attended Accident and Emergency at her local hospital and an ECG demonstrated an abnormal rapid heart beat. Bloods were not taken and a chest X-ray was not performed. Our client’s late wife was incorrectly diagnosed with a viral illness and discharged from hospital. She continued to deteriorate and collapsed four days later and died. It was successfully argued that the Defendant hospital failed to perform a chest X-ray, which would have confirmed a diagnosis of pneumonia. Antibiotics would have been administered, which would have prevented her death.

Failure to diagnose a heart attack

We are investigating a claim on behalf of our client’s late wife. She attended Accident and Emergency with severe chest pain. An ECG was performed and was strongly suggestive of a heart attack. However, it is alleged that the hospital negligently treated our client’s late wife’s chest pain as musculoskeletal. After a delay of 4 hours, a diagnosis of heart attack was made and she was urgently transferred to a Regional Cardiac Unit. She underwent an emergency angioplasty procedure but sadly, she continued to deteriorate and was later pronounced dead.

It is our client’s case that the hospital inappropriately diagnosed musculoskeletal pain and, as such, failed to implement the local protocol for an acute heart attack. Had our client’s late wife received timely treatment, on balance, she would have survived and gone on to live a normal life.



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