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Posted 15 January 2016
by Simon Mansfield

Neglect Verdict following three day inquest in to the death of a Derby Woman

Close up a wrist in a plaster cast

A 28-year old woman tragically died after three doctors from the same medical practice failed to diagnose her correctly after visiting the Derwent Valley Medical Practice eight times leading up to her death.

Simon Mansfield of Tozers Solicitors LLP represented the husband of Claire Marshall at the inquest into her death she was found collapsed at home, having died of undiagnosed pneumonia.

Following the inquest, the Derby Coroner, Dr Hunter, returned a narrative verdict stating that Claire died an unnatural death from pneumonia as a result of failures in her assessment and examination and a failure to recognise that she was not responding to successive treatment regimes.

Claire was seen 8 times in the weeks before she died and by one doctor on the day she died but was never referred to hospital for assessment which would have diagnosed her condition.

This is a tragic case but the hope is that the Inquest will have gone some way to answering questions which the family have had about Claire’s passing. It is important to recognise the significance of the verdict reached by the Coroner who when coming to his narrative conclusion found that Claire’s death was contributed to by neglect. A finding of neglect in these circumstances means, not only that opportunities to diagnose pneumonia were missed, but that there was a gross failure to provide adequate medical attention.

The full story on this tragic incident can be found here.

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Simon Mansfield

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Associate within the clinical negligence team and a member of Devon and Exeter Medico-Legal Association