Blacktown lady receives $280,000 compensation after failure to diagnose Pancreatitis and Failure to manage

Published 01 Feb 2017

Our client was a lady from Blacktown who attended the Defendant GP in 2009 and 2010 with pain near the ribs and nausea. She was diagnosed with gallbladder attack (or biliary colic).

In mid-2010, however, she presented at another hospital and they discovered she had necrotizing pancreatitis (death of pancreas tissue due to infection) and septic shock. This required our client to undergo multiple procedures and surgeries, where drains were inserted, replaced and reinserted into her abdomen.

Later in 2010, she presented to the hospital with a swollen left leg. A chest x-ray suggested pulmonary embolism (clotting of an artery in the lungs) and a scan showed extensive DVT (deep vein thrombosis) of her leg. She was discharged to be followed up by the Defendant GP. During the follow up, Warfarin (a blood thinner) was prescribed to manage the DVT. A specialist consult later confirmed that she required Warfarin for life.

However, she was later advised that she could be taken off Warfarin by the Defendant GP against the specialist advice. This resulted in blood clots that eventually reached her lungs and she was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis with pulmonary embolisms. This resulted in shortness of breath and difficulty completing heavier domestic tasks

Our client approached Mr Leslie Abboud of our office and his team of specialist medical negligence lawyers. With 30 years of experience, Mr Abboud quickly found that the Defendant GP was negligent in failing to properly investigate the necrotizing pancreatitis, and was also negligent in taking her off Warfarin. He took the matter on a “no win, no fee” basis, which meant that we would not seek any contribution from the lady unless a settlement was reached.

Sure enough, after paying for the report of an expert GP and Surgeon, it was found that the Defendant GP did not act in a manner consistent with reasonable clinical practice. Another Surgeon, Psychologist and Occupational Therapist were also consulted to establish the amount of loss and damage suffered by our client.  All the upfront fees were paid for by our firm.

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 $280,000 worth of damages and costs due to the defendant’s negligence.

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