35-year-old man involved in relatively minor head-on collision sustained blunt chest trauma from airbag/steering wheel. Collapsed 3 days later and taken to hospital complaining of central chest pain radiating into the left arm and dizziness. Treated for gastritis and pleurisy whereas in fact he was suffering acute myocardial infarction attributable to the chest trauma. As a result of the untreated myocardial infarction he suffered severe left ventricular damage and reduced heart function. He died 5 years later as a result of his heart condition. Personal injury claim originally brought by deceased enlarged to bring a claim under the Fatal Accidents Act on behalf of his widow and 5 children. Subsequently settled for £362,000.
Richard Menzies / 3rd Dec 2015
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