Three medics have been accused of negligence after a man died of a heart attack at Walsall Manor Hospital. Carl Cope, 47, died in June 2012 after being admitted to the hospital suffering from chest pains early in the day. He stepped outside for a moment when he collapsed. An investigation was launched by Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust and West Midlands Service NHS Trust after the incident which resulted in three medics being held accountable.
Two paramedics, Simon Hunt and Matthew Geary, appeared in court along with nurse Lisa Cooper regarding the death of Mr Cope. They were held accountable for failing to give Mr Cope prompt and appropriate medical assistance. A trial date for those charged has been set for January 2015. In addition, four more workers were sacked after Mr Cope’s death. Another paramedic chose to resign, whereas one was dismissed by the hospital. An emergency care assistant and an emergency medical technician were both given final warnings. In this case, the potential medical negligence caused an unnecessary death but medical negligence can cause an illness to worse, can result in a failure or delay in treatment or it can cause a patient unnecessary distress.
Consequences of medical negligence
Being accused of negligence means that a doctor or medical professional may have made a mistake; shown incompetence while performing their duties, or may have failed to provide quick and appropriate care for a patient. They may have failed to diagnose a condition which could have been treated more quickly or they may fail to diagnose an injury causing prolonged pain and distress to a patient. If there is a misdiagnosis, a patient may think they are suffering from an illness when they are suffering from something different or are perfectly healthy. Errors in care or a failure to provide adequate treatment can cause untimely deaths. If you have suffered from a medical misdiagnosis or think you have been a victim of medical negligence, call Accident Advice Helpline for assistance.
What we do
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which helps victims of potential medical negligence to claim compensation for their suffering. If there is evidence that medical negligence took place, you may be able to win a cash payout from those responsible to help you cope financially with any loss of wages or extra costs associated with the incident. Our no win, no fee* policy ensures you won’t be out of pocket so call our free 24-hour helpline to speak with an expert about your case.
Date Published: September 19, 2014
Author: David Brown