Claimant aged 50 years, who had previously undergone aortic and mitral valve replacement, was admitted to Defendant Trust on 16.04.05 with acute coronary syndrome. In course of treatment an IV cannula was inserted into Claimant’s right elbow. He was discharged on 19.04.05 with oral antibiotics for cannula site phlebitis.
Claimant was readmitted to the Defendant Trust nine days later with suspected infective endocarditis. Treatment with IV antibiotics failed to prevent damage to mitral valve requiring repeat double valve replacement surgery on 08.06.05 due to cardiac failure. Claimant suffered severe heart failure affecting function and longevity.
Trust admitted breach of duty in failing to manage the Claimant’s phlebitis appropriately between 16.04.05 and 19.04.05 and administer intravenous antibiotics earlier which caused or materially contributed to the Claimant’s endocarditis and the need for surgery on 08.06.05.
Claimant’s cardiology expert said prior to suffering endocarditis in April 2005 and despite double valve replacement the Claimant was asymptomatic and led a normal, active life, working full-time. Since endocarditis and cardiac surgery in June 2005 Claimant suffered severe heart failure causing major limitations and severely restricting his quality of life and preventing his return to work. His condition would gradually deteriorate and there was a 50% chance he would not live more than a further 4 to 5 years without undergoing cardiac transplantation, for which he was unlikely to be a suitable candidate for. Claimant served Schedule of Loss totalling £347,597.96 excluding general damages.
Out of court settlement: £325,000 (inclusive of General Damages). Kennedys represented the Defendant Trust.