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Widow Settles Claim for the Misdiagnosis of a Heart Disease

March 28, 2017

A widow from Bridgend in South Wales has settled her claim for the misdiagnosis of a heart disease that resulted in the death of her forty-seven year old husband.

Father of three, Andrew Jones, had suffered from high blood pressure and chest pains since 2002, but in July 2011 he felt particularly unwell and attended his GP, who referred him to the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend for tests. Andrew was admitted for a short time for the tests, and then returned regularly to the hospital as an outpatient.

Irregularities in Andrew´s heart were identified by doctors at the Princess of Wales, but they were attributed to an enlarged heart and his health problems were diagnosed as acid reflux. Tragically Andrew collapsed at his home on 17th March 2012 and died in hospital the following day.

The hospital´s error was not identified until the inquest into Andrew´s death; following which his widow – Jacqueline – sought legal advice and made a claim for the misdiagnosis of a heart disease against Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board. In her claim, Jacqueline alleged the hospital was aware Andrew had a history of heart trouble and failed to make a correct diagnosis due to negligence.

The Health Board contested the claim for the misdiagnosis of a heart disease but, after a period of negotiation, it agreed to six-figure settlement of the claim without an admission of liability. Speaking with her local newspaper after the claim had been settled, Jacqueline said:

“We remain devastated by the nature of his death, considering that he had been receiving ongoing treatment for his cardiac problems yet the issues which led to his death were not identified. While nothing will ever bring Andrew back, we truly hope that steps have been taken to ensure that no other family faces the loss and the subsequent ordeal we have been through.”

When asked for a comment, a spokesperson for the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board said: “We are committed to learning from cases to improve practice. We have reviewed this case to determine if any lessons could be learnt from it or changes made to processes.”