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Deep Vein Thrombosis Patient to be Compensated after Hospital Admits Failings

September 29th, 2014 | By licnewsadmin

A mother, who developed deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) after the delivery of her first child in Ulster Hospital is to be awarded £400,000 in compensation after the hospital admitted that they failed to acknowledge the possibility of the woman developing the condition.

The woman, forty-one and anonymous, gave birth to her first child in June 2009 at the Ulster Hospital and develop deep-vein thrombosis after the delivery. In her claim against the South Eastern Care and Social Health Trust that no proper assessment was carried out to see how likely she would be to develop DVT, even though she was a member of one of the risks categories as she was over thirty-five years of age. As such, she should have been prescribed preventative drugs to reduce the chance she would develop the condition.

She also stated that when she went to the Accident & Emergency department of the Ulster Hospital with symptoms of DVT, she was told by staff that it was likely to be just her hormones. However, dangerous blood clots could have formed and travelled to her lungs via her bloodstream, a result that would have been potentially life-threatening.

Since the birth of her first child, the mother has had two more children, and in each case surgeries were carried out upon her for related issues. The woman now has to wear supportive tights and is left exhausted after short walks lasting only ten to fifteen minutes each. Stairs also pose a challenge, and she claims that if another clot had developed in her leg as a result of the DVT, amputation may have been the only resolution.

The South-Eastern Care and Social Health Trust admitted that the condition may have been avoided if not for failings on their part, and at the court hearing in the Belfast High Court, they agreed to pay a settlement of $400,000 to the victim. The woman’s solicitor spoke after the hearing, saying: “If this [compensation claim for deep-vein thrombosis] serves the purpose of ensuring another person avoids this particular difficulty it will have been worthwhile. Any mum aged 35 or over should know they are at potential risk.”


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