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Hospital agrees to pay family settlement

13th October 2011

The mother-of-three had been taken to hospital in March 2006 suffering a severe asthma attack. However, doctors failed to ensure that she was transferred to a high dependency unit. As a result she fell into a coma and suffered a cardiac arrest.

Personal injury lawyers representing the family’s medical negligence claim said that the woman died “because the hospital did not provide her with adequate treatment when she was struggling to breathe during a severe asthma attack”.

“The hospital admitted… negligence… and it has issued an apology to the family,” the legal firm added.

To add to the family’s pain, the hospital was insensitive in the way it communicated its belief that the mother’s life support system should be switched off, it is alleged.

Although it is known that the medical negligence claim has been settled for a six-figure sum, the precise details of the payout remain undisclosed – although it is known that it includes sums for bereavement and loss of dependency.

The hospital’s spokespeople have said that all staff involved in the clinical negligence are “deeply sorry”. They say they have apologised unreservedly and have taken steps to improve both care of patients and communication with families.

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