A doctor negligence compensation settlement of €750,000 has been awarded to the family of a 42-year old mother of three at the High Court. The woman died of a heart attack not long after visiting her local doctor complaining of cardiac arrest-like symptoms.
Sheila Tymon was discovered, by her three small daughters, unconscious on her bed at home. Their father Michael rushed home after they called him but he was unable to resuscitate her. A post mortem examination said that Mrs Tymon extensive cardiovascular disease and her heart was enlarged.
The legal action claimed that she (Mrs Tymon) did not receive sufficient medical attention from her local doctor when she had attended the clinic previously.
Mr Tymon took the doctor negligence compensation action with his daughters against GP Martina Cogan who was practising at Keadue Health Centre, Keadue, Boyle, Co Roscommon when his wife’s died in 2013.
The Tymon family’s legal counsel, Pearse Sreenan SC, told the court that the family felt that the doctor should have sent Mrs Tymon on for further review at an earlier point and this course of action may have prevented her death.
Mrs Tymon went to Dr Cogan on June 10 as she was suffering from abnormal sensations in her chest and down both arms which were causing her significant pain. Dr Cogan, it was claimed, diagnosed Mrs Tymon with a possible case of shingles due to her high blood pressure.
A 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitor was put in place when Mrs Tymon returned to the doctor’s surgery again two days later. At this point in time a antihypertensive medication was prescribed and a further appointment was made for July 2013. Mrs Tymon the court was advised was still experiencing pain over the following days. Due to this she called the doctor’s surgery to see if they could bring forward the review appointment but she was told that there was no appointment available until June 27. She booked this and on June 27 it was noted she had constant jabs in the front of the chest, shoulders, the top of her back and down her arms. A diagnosis of a musculoskeletal issue was the outcome of this appointment and the doctor prescribed anti inflammatories to try and remedy this.
Mrs Tymon returned home far happier following this. However, later that evening began feeling some more discomfort in her neck spreading into her head. Just before 8pm her children found her lying unconscious on the bed.
Mr Justice Kevin Cross gave his approval for the doctor negligence compensation settlement without an admission of liability.