- In-depth knowledge of cardiac and respiratory issues
- Work in partnership with the British Heart Foundation
- Experienced team of specialist lawyers
- In-house medical expertise
If you have experienced injury – or the loss of someone close to you – as a result of negligent treatment of aortic stenosis, our expert solicitors may be able to help you seek compensation.
No amount of compensation can undo the harm caused by negligent care of aortic stenosis, however it can help you to manage the significant personal and financial damages you have suffered. Many clients have also found that bringing a claim helps them to ensure vital patient safety lessons are learnt by the clinicians involved.
When might I have a claim for negligent treatment of aortic stenosis?
Negligent treatment of aortic stenosis may have occurred if monitoring was insufficient to indicate surgery was needed, or if surgery was not carried out within a reasonable time once symptoms had been identified. In some cases, we have found that age has been given as a reason that surgery should be avoided, however this is contrary to guidance.
In fact, 2006 Guidelines for the Management of Patients with Valvular Heart Disease state that “Because of the risk of sudden death, AVR should be performed promptly after the onset of symptoms. Age is not a contraindication to surgery …”
Problems with surgery are unusual: in the majority of the cases we have handled, patients have either got lost in the system, or there have been problems in providing care sufficiently promptly. Patients who are not followed up, and/or who do not undergo prompt valve replacement, will usually die. For this reason, it is very common for cases to be brought by the patient’s children or spouse.
How much compensation might I receive for a claim?
The amount of compensation you receive for a claim relating to aortic stenosis will depend entirely on your personal circumstances, including whether you are claiming on behalf of yourself or a someone close to you who has died.
How can I fund a claim for negligence?
Our team can work under a variety of funding arrangements, however the most common is a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA); most commonly referred to as ‘no win, no fee’ funding. This form of funding ensures that if your case is unsuccessful you will not have to pay any legal fees.
How long will a claim take?
We work hard to ensure that claims run as efficiently as possible, running cases in such a way as to reduce any unnecessary delays to your claim.
In our experience, cases involving aortic stenosis are frequently hard fought, and some settle at or shortly before trial. Unfortunately, although the amount of time it takes to get to this stage again depends on the complexity of your case, this stage can take some years to reach.
Royds Withy King has an excellent track record in recovering damages in cases involving aortic stenosis. If you have been affected by this issue and are seeking legal help, you should approach a firm of solicitors with experience in this field and a dedicated clinical negligence department.