Seven-Figure Care Package Awarded To Man Who Suffered Stroke After Delay In Prescribing Anti-Coagulant Medication

Settlement Approved By High Court Of Justice Will Help Provide For Care


A London man who suffered a stroke that left him with permanent physical and mental disabilities has been awarded a seven-figure settlement after the NHS Trust responsible for his care admitted liability for failing to provide anti-coagulant medication.


The 74-year-old had a history of heart problems and had been fitted with a stent and pacemaker. In February 2011 it was found he had an irregular heartbeat and he was prescribed warfarin but four months later despite repeated visits to his GP and a 2nd appointment at hospital, he had still not received his medication and suffered a stroke.


The stroke left him fully dependent on others for help with even simple everyday tasks and his family instructed specialist medical negligence lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate the care he received from the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


The Trust admitted liability for the negligent care he received and has agreed a settlement that will help cover the costs of the care he will need for the rest of his life.


Marcos Eleftheriou, a specialist medical negligence lawyer at Irwin Mitchell representing the family, said:

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“This is an example of the tragic consequences miscommunication between medical professionals can have on their patients.

“Sadly, this man was simply not provided with suitable treatment and as a result suffered a severe stroke which has left him with life-changing injuries. He was unable to access the anti-coagulant medication that would have reduced his risk of suffering a stroke and the physical and mental problems he now suffers as a result.

“We are glad the settlement has now been approved as the family can live safe in the knowledge that their future is secure and their husband and father will be able to access the care he needs.”
Marcos Eleftheriou, Associate