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Compensation After Delay in Diagnosis Leads to Pain and Distress

Mrs Smith, who suffered a heart attack in 2009, has successfully received compensation with the help of Margaret Ryan from the Clinical Negligence team in Leeds as a result of a delay in diagnosing and treating her heart attack.

When arriving at the Bradford Royal Infirmary with chest pains, Mrs Smith was left waiting in Accident and Emergency for over 2 hours. When an ECG was eventually carried out it was identified that she had had a heart attack and was sent for urgent emergency treatment.

The trust admitted liability in the case and acknowledged that their failure to act quickly enough had caused her additional harm. An award of £7,500 was made to compensate her for the pain, suffering and distress that she suffered, to cover the care that had to be provided in the aftermath and in relation to the physical damage caused to her heart because of the delay in receiving treatment. She is pleased with the settlement and has since made a good recovery.

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