A coroner has ruled that the death of an infant at Barnet Hospital in 2005 was contributed to by negligence on the part of hospital staff there. The child, Dominic Whitehorn, was five months of age when he had heart surgery for mitral valve stenosis. The surgery took place at the Royal Brompton Hospital in Chelsea, and after this event he was transferred to Barnet Hospital, High Barnet.
However the day after this transfer took place, Dominic died. The infant death was stated by the coroner, Mr Andrew Walker, to have been partly contributable to the failure to transfer him back to the original hospital in Chelsea when he became poorly. This should arguably have taken place on the afternoon of the day in question. In reality it only took place later that evening, by which time it was said that the chance of saving the infant’s life was unlikely. All this was deemed to be on the balance of probability according to the coroner. He found that the situation could have been prevented if earlier treatment had been sought at the hospital that had performed the surgery originally.
When should compensation be paid regarding infant death?
Sometimes people die for no reason, or they die when everything has been done to try and save them. However there are some instances – thankfully very rare ones – where potential hazards are not spotted and there is evidence of negligence having taken place in that situation. If negligence is deemed to have occurred there is an opportunity for compensation to be paid to the parents if it involves an infant death, or to the loved ones of whoever lost their life. It is a harrowing situation and one that requires specialist help and advice.
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Source: Barnat Press
Date Published: August 21, 2014
Author: David Brown