Victim of Botched Heart Surgery Receives Five-Figure Compensation
30 September 2016
The victim had to have further operations and now faces a reduced life expectancy after heart surgery was performed on the wrong artery.
Slater and Gordon Solicitor: James Bell is a principal lawyer and medical negligence solicitor at Slater and Gordon in London.
What Happened: Our client suffered from heart problems, for which he had received prior surgical treatment, and was referred for further surgery by way of a robotic-assisted LIMA graft to his left anterior descending artery.
After the procedure, our client was readmitted to hospital for treatment of recurrent symptoms, and shortly thereafter was assessed at a separate hospital where it was revealed that the graft had been made to the right coronary artery instead of the anterior descending artery.
Impact: Our client had to have two angioplasties – surgical repair or unblocking of a blood vessel – in order to resolve the problem. Any further procedures now have a lesser chance of success and his life expectancy has also been reduced as a result of the mistake.
How Slater and Gordon Helped: The defendant claimed the mistake was a recognised complication of the procedure. They denied liability, but made an offer to settle the case.
Decision: Our client was happy to settle the case and accepted the defendant’s offer of £35,000.
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