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Teen Dies After GP Fails To Treat Condition

Teenager Emma tragically died of a cardiac arrest caused by a delay in vital treatment, we helped her family secure compensation for their loss.

Emma was 17-years-old when she began to suffer from episodes of dizziness and fainting. She attended her GP who arranged for blood samples which identified she had Hypokalaemia (low potassium levels). Over the next two months her symptoms continued and regular blood and urine tests showed the condition to be worsening. Emma was advised to take up a high potassium diet but otherwise no further action was taken by her GP with regards to treating her Hypokalaemia.

Three months after her initial visit to her GP, Emma collapsed and suffered a fatal cardiac arrest.

Our solicitors represented Emma’s family at the inquest into her death. With the help of expert witnesses, the Coroner found that Emma needed urgent admission to hospital for investigation and management following her diagnosis.  The GP admitted that he had not known how to treat the condition and had failed to refer Emma to hospital. Overall, it was concluded that the failure to admit Emma for specialist care resulted in a lost opportunity to provide her with effective medical help.

Elizabeth Marchant, working under the supervision of Partner Amanda Stevens, secured the family £30,000 in compensation. This figure included a statutory bereavement award and funeral expenses, as well as funds for loss of a child’s care and attention. Emma’s pain, suffering and loss of amenity, which she suffered in the months before her death, were also accounted for.

Elizabeth said: “This was a tragic case. Emma’s family were naturally devastated by their loss and extremely angry at what had happened. 

“It was rewarding to be able to support them through the inquest process, which was a very difficult time for them. 

“Thankfully we were able to obtain an admission of liability from the Defendant early on in the claim, and we secured a settlement soon thereafter without having to take the case all the way to Court.” 

If you or a loved one have received negligent medical care from your GP you could be entitled to claim compensation. Visit our GP Negligence Claims page for more information.

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