Medical Negligence – Husband with coronary artery disease suffers heart attack

Nora’s Case

Nora’s husband, Jason, tragically died following medical treatment at the age of only 61. Jason underwent a routine colonoscopy procedure at a public hospital. During the colonoscopy Jason regurgitated and aspirated stomach contents, suffering a fall in blood pressure and oxygen saturation. The procedure was terminated, and Jason was transferred to recovery where he suffered a heart attack and died shortly after.

A key issue in the case was that Jason had a medical history of coronary artery disease involving a heart attack, coronary artery bypass grafting and the insertion of stents. Following the insertion of stents Jason required daily dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT). The purpose of the DAPT was to reduce the risk of a heart attack. The evidence established that Jason had been directed to stop his DAPT therapy prior to the colonoscopy, which caused the heart attack. The expert evidence contended the DAPT should not have been stopped for a routine colonoscopy.

Nora suffered severe depression following her husband’s death and struggled to perform her usual activities of daily living at work and at home. Our Medical Negligence team made a claim for Nora for damages for the injury she suffered and obtained a settlement of $550,000. This compensation will make life a little easier for her in the future.