WW's two adult children brought a claim against the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust, principally to ensure that their father's four additional children (ranging in age from unborn to 11 years-old at the time of his death) were adequately provided for.
LAS staff attended WW's home early in the morning following a 999 call made by his partner. WW was diagnosed with musculoskeletal chest pain and given Ibuprofen. The paramedics left around 6.30 am. WW was not taken to hospital and his condition deteriorated during the morning. Another ambulance was called at 10.16 am and WW was found to be in cardiac arrest and, despite attempts to resuscitate him, he died at 11 am. The post mortem confirmed the diagnosis of ruptured aortic dissection.
Liability was hotly disputed. The defendant insisted they encouraged him to go to hospital, but that he declined. Evidentially, the family was at a disadvantage since clearly WW was unable to give evidence as to exactly what he was told, or how he felt at the time. Quantum was also challenging because of WW's circumstances at the time of his death and the complicated family arrangements.
However, Iona successfully navigated the challenges and secured a six-figure settlement to secure the future of WW's children's.
Iona was assisted by Emma Kendall.
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