Medical Negligence Lawyers Instructed To Support Loved Ones Through Inquest Process
The grieving family of a Lancashire man who died aged 28 after suffering a number of blackouts in less than two years have spoken of how they hope an upcoming inquest will provide them with answers regarding his death.
Sam Watkins, originally from Blackpool and later from Fleetwood, Wyre, had his first blackout in October 2018, which led to him crashing his van. He was taken by ambulance to Blackpool Victoria Hospital but discharged home with no issues found.
In January 2019, he suffered a second blackout. He was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital but discharged. He was subsequently referred to neurology at Preston Hospital for investigation into epilepsy, but this was ruled out.
Sam suffered further blackouts in October and November 2019, and in May 2020. Again, he was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital but discharged.
He underwent an investigatory procedure shortly afterwards. He died on 2 June 2020, while awaiting a follow-up appointment.
Following his death, Sam’s family including his girlfriend Holly Baxter 28, instructed medical negligence experts at Irwin Mitchell to help establish answers and support them through the inquest process.
Expert Opinion“More than two years on, Sam’s death continues to have a profound effect on his family who understandably remain devastated.
The grief of his loved ones is made all the worse as they still have a number of questions and concerns regarding the care provided to Sam following his blackouts and in the lead up to his death.
While nothing can comfort them through their loss, we’re determined to support them and help establish the answers they deserve.
If, during the course of the hearing, any issues are identified, it’s vital that lessons are learned to help improve patient safety.”
Ayse Ince, Medical Negligence Lawyer
Prior to his death, Sam and Holly had been together for seven years. Sam was self-employed.
Holly, an ambulance service control centre call handler, said: “Sam was an amazing partner and loved by so many. He was caring and fully supportive of me through all our time together.
“He had a love of animals, nature and football as a keen Liverpool fan, and enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his family and doting on his niece. He also adored his dog Bailey.
“We had spent the last few years saving to buy our own house and were looking forward to our future together. I can’t believe it’s all been snatched away.
“On the day Sam died I’d been working a night shift and arrived home to find him on the floor. I started CPR but when the paramedics arrived, they told me he was already gone. At that moment, my whole world came crashing down.
“More than two years have passed since losing him, but I feel like time has stood still. He was my soulmate and I really can’t imagine my life without him.
“While I know nothing will change what’s happened or bring Sam back, I hope the inquest, however tough it may be, will at least provide us with the answers we need to honour his memory.”
An inquest into Sam’s death is due to take place at Preston Coroner’s Court on 7 December and is due to last two days.
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