September 16, 2014
A deep vein thrombosis compensation claim has been settled at the start of a court hearing after an NHS Trust admitted failings in the claimant´s care.
The claim for deep vein thrombosis compensation was made by an unnamed woman from Belfast following the delivery of her first child at the Ulster Hospital in June 2009. The woman had given birth to her first child at the age of thirty-five and subsequently developed the symptoms of deep vein thrombosis.
When she attended the hospital´s A&E Department, the woman was told that the swelling and tenderness in her leg was due to hormone activity, but – after the births of two further children – she had to undergo surgery for the condition.
The woman now wears support tights permanently, has difficulty ascending stairs and is exhausted if she walks for longer than fifteen minutes. She is also fearful that if a blood clot develops in her leg due to deep vein thrombosis, she may have to have the leg amputated.
After obtaining legal advice, the woman made a deep vein thrombosis compensation claim against the NHS Trust responsible for managing the Ulster Hospital – South Eastern Care and Social Health Trust. In her claim she alleged that – despite her age placing her in the high-risk category – she was not assessed as being at risk of deep vein thrombosis.
She also alleged that, if she had been properly assessed, doctors at the hospital would have prescribed medication to prevent the condition from developing.
The South Eastern Care and Social Health Trust acknowledged the failings in her care – but only as a hearing to determine negligence was about to get underway at the Crown Court in Belfast. The NHS Trust subsequently agreed to a settlement of her deep vein thrombosis compensation claim amounting to £400,000 and publicly apologised to her.