Medical Negligence – Wife receives $900,000 for psychiatric injury and loss of financial support

Lily’s Case

Lily was only 53 years old when her husband, Albert, died in tragic circumstances at a public hospital. Albert had attended the hospital with calf pain, shortness of breath and tachycardia. He was discharged after about 2 ½ hours. The next day he presented again with similar symptoms. CT angiogram was performed that showed evidence of a significant major pulmonary embolism and right heart strain. Unfortunately, Albert then suffered a cardiac arrest and died in the hospital.

Lily suffered severe depression and a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of Albert’s death. We qualified an expert emergency physician to comment on the treatment Albert had received on the two presentations to the emergency department. The expert confirmed that had investigations been carried out Albert would not have suffered the heart attack and died.

Our Medical Negligence team made a claim for Lily’s psychiatric injury and for the loss of financial support and domestic services she would have received from Albert had he survived a normal life expectancy.

The matter was resolved at a mediation for the sum of $900,000 inclusive of costs. Although Albert was 63 years of age at the time of his death, he had a high earning job with Blue Scope Steel and expected to work until the age of 70. He provided extensive domestic services to Lily including transporting her to and from work. Although no amount of compensation can properly compensate for the loss of life, Lily was satisfied with the ultimate result.