Stephen Cottrell establishes that a GP’s negligence caused the death of a woman with a pulmonary embolism

Stephen Cottrell appeared for the Claimant in a high court clinical negligence trial before Stewart J in late January.

Stephen succeeded in establishing that a GP's negligence had caused the death of a woman with a pulmonary embolism, with damages agreed at £260,000. The Defendant had fought the case on the basis of causation. 

The judgment is likely to be of importance due to the Judge’s decision that statistical evidence about a patient's chances of survival could be relied upon to find for the Claimant, even where the precise mechanism by which she would have survived were not clear. 

Stephen was instructed by Anne Kavanagh of Irwin Mitchell. 

Judgment was handed down on 15 February and can be found here. Neutral citation is [2019] EWHC 283 (QB)​ 

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