Medical Negligence – Wife receives $900,000 for psychiatric injury and loss of financial support
Liubov was only 53 years old when her husband, Ebert, died in tragic circumstances at a public hospital. Ebert 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, Ebert then suffered a cardiac arrest and died in the hospital.
Liubov suffered severe depression and a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of Ebert’s death. We qualified an expert emergency physician to comment on the treatment Ebert had received on the two presentations to the emergency department. The expert confirmed that had investigations been carried out Ebert would not have suffered the heart attack and died.
Our Medical Negligence team made a claim for Liubov’s psychiatric injury and for the loss of financial support and domestic services she would have received from Ebert had he survived a normal life expectancy.
The matter was resolved at a mediation for the sum of $900,000 inclusive of costs. Although Ebert 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 Liubov including transporting her to and from work. Although no amount of compensation can properly compensate for the loss of life, Liubov was satisfied with the ultimate result.