Case Study: Coroner’s Inquest

LT, 36 years old, Manchester

The JMW Clinical Negligence Department have been instructed in relation to matters arising from the death of LT. JMW had been previously instructed in the clinical negligence matter and the Inquest followed.

This matter was initially referred to our department by the Coroner and the case was handled by Eddie Jones, Partner and Head of the Clinical Negligence Department and Angharad Hughes. 

LT was found on Saturday morning by his mother having fallen out of bed in a semi-conscious state, having apparently suffered from the effects of a seizure.  He was taken to hospital via ambulance. 

Blood tests were taken and the doctor asked that the sample be tested for high levels of LT’s prescribed medication. The blood results were noted on the hospital computer the following day. These results revealed a dangerous level of LT’s medication, which was four times the normal level.

Sadly, there was a failure to recognise the implications of this high level of medication and start any treatment. LT suffered a cardiac arrest on the next day, from which he could not be resuscitated.

The Coroner provided a detailed narrative verdict in the Inquest. The main cause of death was the toxicity of the prescribed medication. The Coroner also found that the death was contributed to by neglect, inadequate record keeping and poor communication between medical staff.  The hospital has since made changes to improve these areas.

If you feel you were failed by medical professionals, JMW can help. Call our team to discuss your case and how you can make a claim, on 0800 054 6512.

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