Western Sydney woman receives $275,000 in compensation after delay in treatment at public hospital leads to cardiogenic shock

Published 19 Jan 2018

We recently acted for a young woman who suffered from hyperthyroidism and took daily medication to control her condition. On this occasion, she was admitted to a local public hospital with a variety of symptoms including abdominal pain and vomiting, with increasing shortness of breath and distress. She was administered repeated doses of beta blocker medication, and became increasingly anxious and air-hungry after each dose. Hospital staff were of the impression she was having a panic attack and she was treated for psychological symptoms, as her condition steadily worsened.

After some delay and in light of her worsening symptoms an echocardiogram test was eventually performed. Following this, our client was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit when she was finally diagnosed with progressing thyrotoxicosis causing cardiogenic shock, and emergency treatment for that condition was commenced. She remained in the ICU for approximately 1 week.

Throughout her admission our client suffered extreme psychological stress and felt as though she was dying, until the emergency treatment described above was ultimately administered and her physical condition stabilised.

Our client now suffers from ongoing heart problems which she requires additional medication and treatment to control.  Understandably, she also now suffers from psychiatric injury as a result of the ongoing impact that her current physical condition has on her day to day life and the trauma she experienced whilst in the care of the hospital

Our client approached Gerard Malouf and Partners to enquire with our medical negligence team about whether or not she was entitled to compensation for the treatment she received at the hospital. Christine Beshay, Accredited Personal Injury Specialist, was of the view that this claim had merit and began to gather evidence in support of our client’s claim.

Ms Beshay proceeded to brief an expert cardiologist to provide their opinion on whether or not the hospital was negligent in the treatment of our client in these circumstances. We also had our client medically assessed in order to determine the extent of her injuries and her entitlement to damages. Ultimately, the evidence was conclusive that the hospital’s treatment was not in accordance with peer professional standards and therefore negligence was established.

Mindful of the costly and lengthy nature of running a matter to hearing, Ms Beshay arranged a mediation with the Defendant with the hopes of reaching a settlement that was acceptable to our client. After lengthy negotiations, Ms Beshay and one of our expert barristers were able to resolve the matter for an amount of $275,000 in compensation for our client.

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