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Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) - leading to Pulmonary Embolus (PE) and death

Defendants : Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust


The claimant, a woman of 53 years old, was in a long stay hospital when she developed a hot swollen leg. The doctors looking after her did not examine her properly and as a result failed to realise that she had a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in her leg. Two days later she collapsed and died of a pulmonary embolus (PE) or clot on her lungs.


  • Failure to examine and diagnose a deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Failure to treat the blood clot with anti-coagulant medication
  • Failure to prevent the clot spreading to her lungs and causing pulmonary embolism and death


A claim was made and the hospital denied responsibility for her death. Therefore court proceedings were issued and served. No admissions were made.

The defendants then opened negotiations and terms of settlement were finally agreed in the sum of £60,000. The sum agreed took account of the claimant’s age and the fact that she had no dependant children.