Sydney lady receives $200,000 compensation after Cardiologist’s negligence resulted in death of her husband

Published 25 Jan 2017

The deceased was the husband of our client.

In late 2013, the deceased underwent a Colonoscopy at a major Hospital. Prior to the procedure, he underwent two ECG tests which indicated “Brugada Syndrome”, which is a condition that causes a disruption of the heart’s normal rhythm. This disorder can be diagnosed from an ECG test and it has a high incidence of sudden death in patients. The only proven therapy is an implantable cardioverter – defibrillator (ICD).

In January 2014, the deceased was referred to the Defendant Cardiologist. Despite having possession of the deceased’s ECG studies, the Defendant did not refer the deceased to a major teaching hospital to have the implantation of a cardiac defibrillator.

In late February 2014, our client’s husband suddenly died.

The death of our client’s husband left her with immense psychological injury, sleeplessness and difficulty socializing as she used to.

Our client approached Mr Leslie Abboud of our office and his team of specialist medical negligence lawyers with significant psychiatric illness. Mr Abboud heard her out and took the matter on a “no win, no fee” basis, meaning that our firm would undertake prepayment of expert reports, getting clinical notes and any other fees incurred over the course of the matter and expect no contribution from the client.

Mr Abboud and his team quickly studied all the clinical notes provided to them and established that the Cardiologist was liable. He then paid and arranged for an expert cardiologist to provide a report to confirm that this was the case.  So the real issue in question was how much damages our client, being the wife of the deceased, could claim.

Mr Abboud quickly paid and arranged for our client to be seen by a highly regarded psychiatrist, who proved that our client had suffered severe psychiatric injury due to the negligence of the Defendant.

Upon receipt of this evidence, Mr Abboud and his team, quickly negotiated and settled upon an order outside of court for the defendant to compensate our client $200,000 worth of damages due to the defendant’s negligence.

Are you a victim of suffering from a negligent medical treatment of a close family member? We are specialised and focused lawyers with our firm being small enough to care for our clients but large enough o have solid financial medical and expert resources. To take advantage of our unique no win, no fee arrangement, call our toll free number –1800 004 878.