A woman has successfully claimed compensation from the NHS after being wrongly diagnosed at her home, resulting in her suffering a heart attack.

Denise Hopper, 40, called 999 in 2007 after feeling unwell. A paramedic attended the scene and treated Mrs. Hopper for dehydration when in fact she was suffering from deep vain thrombosis. After leaving the scene Mrs. Hopper experienced a heart attack.

It subsequently transpired that the same paramedic was disciplined for a similar error in 2010 and dismissed from his employment. Neither the coroner nor her family were subsequently informed of his mistake but the family’s solicitor happened to notice whilst reading the newspaper that the paramedic had been disciplined. A claim for personal injury was subsequently filed just within the limitation period against the NHS Trust, presumably for common law negligence.

The NHS Trust has subsequently settled the claim for £40,000, although denying liability for the incident.

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