Personal Injury Solicitors Cardiff Logo Loading Animation - Personal Injury Claim Experts
Google Logo Reviews - Accident Claim Specialists / No Win, No Fee / Personal Injury Solicitors Cardiff Navigation Icon - Accident Claim Specialists / No Win, No Fee / Personal Injury Solicitors Cardiff

Medical Negligence Claim Experts of Cardiff — Call Today For A Free, Claim Assessment & Impartial Advice

coroner medical examination post mortem accidental death solicitors Cardiff

Hospital death inquest granted

Posted in: Medical Negligence 

Almost a year after the death of a disabled man who died in a routine operation, his family have been informed that they can have an inquest.  51-year-old Timothy Cowen from Caergwrle, Flintshire, died last May following a gall bladder operation.  After the family was informed of the cause of death, an independent post mortem examination found this to be incorrect.  Betsi Cadwaladr health board apologised to Mr Cowen’s family for the delay in the investigation and for not keeping them rightly informed.

Mr Cowen suffered with many medical conditions which led to him being quite seriously disabled.  He was unable to walk or swallow, and had to be fed through a tube directly into his stomach. His family was initially provided with a death certificate that stated his cause of death to be aspirational pneumonia suffered due to cerebral palsy.

“What happened to my brother … will be made public”

However, the family of Mr Cowen was not aware that he did suffer from cerebral palsy and requested an independent post mortem examination at the Countess of Chester Hospital.  It found his cause of death to be bilateral extensive pneumonia. 

The health board held an inquiry, which led to a Root Cause Analysis (RCA) investigation. This investigated the circumstances leading up to the death of Mr Cowen.  The findings cannot be published until the inquest.

Mr Cowen’s brother, Philip Cowen, said: “We are pleased that [coroner] Mr [John] Gittins is now able to hold the inquest and so what happened to my brother in the days before he died will be made public.

If you have been affected by medical negligence, and are looking to claim compensation, please contact us


«
»

Start Your Personal Injury Claim Today

Contact Our Accident Claim Managers Now

Call To Claim With Us And Receive The Compensation You Deserve

Telephone Icon Yellow - Compensation For Your Accident / Personal Injury Claim Managers / Personal Injury Solicitors Cardiff

02920606835

We're still available to help with injury claims during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lines are open 24/7