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Heart disease and cardiovascular conditions can be life-threatening, and often require urgent, specialist treatment, but many can be treated or managed with timely diagnosis and appropriate care. 

Our medical negligence solicitors have over 25 years experience in claims where a patient suffers severe injury or dies as a result of negligent care.

What is cardiac negligence?

Cardiac disease, heart disease and cardiovascular disease refer to disorders affecting the heart muscle and blood vessels or circulatory system. Cardiovascular disease is one of the nation’s leading killers and is responsible for a quarter of all deaths in the UK. It is estimated that more than 5.9 million people in the UK are living with the disease.

Cardiology is the specialist field of medicine which focusses on diagnosis and treatment of heart and circulatory disorders. It is one of the NHS in England’s largest specialist areas of medical care. Its work involves many types of care in a variety of settings, including the management of patients with long-term heart and circulatory conditions, surgery and other invasive procedures, and emergency care.

This serious, highly specialist area of medicine gives rise to large numbers of cardiac negligence claims, many associated with the patient’s death or severe, permanent injury and disability resulting from delays or mistakes in diagnosis and care.

Starting your cardiac negligence claim

Where a patient suffers severe injury or dies as a result of negligent cardiac care, they, or their bereaved family, have a right to compensation. Our highly renowned medical negligence teams provide no obligation, free initial advice and will outline the claims process to you.

To help support your cardiac negligence claim, we will obtain medical records, any investigation documentation and treatment protocols. We will then take a detailed witness statement from you and others as necessary, and instruct independent medical experts to consider the care you received and the consequences for you of the failings in your care.

The defendant may accept responsibility for your injury as a result of cardiac negligent care, and we may be able to negotiate the appropriate compensation award at this point.

If settlement is not achieved, we will start court proceedings and take your case towards trial, keeping the defendant under pressure to agree settlement of your claim. Over 95% of cases succeed without the need for trial, but every case is prepared on the basis that a judge will need to decide all the issues in your claim that the defendant has not admitted.


Why choose Boyes Turner? 

Our clients receive the highest standards of advice and representation and are always treated with compassion, outstanding care and understanding of the physical, emotional, psychological and financial impact that life-changing injury can have upon their lives.

  • We're nationally acclaimed medical negligence lawyers. We’re recognised as leading clinical negligence experts by Chambers Directory and Legal 500.
  • We've won awards & accreditations for our work and are known for securing maximum compensation for clients.
  • We have an extensive & highly experienced medical negligence team with proven skills to succeed in high value, complex claims involving catastrophic injury and severe disability.
  • We provide the highest standards of advice, only work with top medical experts or treatment providers in the UK and many charities to help support rehabilitation.

Cardiac and heart disease negligence claims frequently asked questions

Heart and circulatory conditions requiring specialist medical care

Examples of common forms of heart disease which require specialist treatment include:

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What medical errors lead to cardiac negligence claims?

Cardiac and heart disease negligence claims often arise after one or more of the following healthcare mistakes:

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What types of injuries lead to cardiac and heart disease claims?

Injuries which often lead to compensation claims include:

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How common are cardiac and heart disease claims?

Cardiology and cardiovascular medicine as a healthcare speciality has one of the highest numbers of medical negligence claims. This is partly because cardiologists are carrying out more interventional procedures, such as cardiac catheterisation and coronary angioplasty.

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Who can I claim cardiac care compensation from?

Cardiology involves multidisciplinary care from a range of different professionals.  Heart-related death or severe injury can also be caused by the negligent failure of other types of medical specialists, such as general practitioners (GPs), obstetricians or emergency medicine specialists, to involve cardiac specialists in their patients’ care.

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Previous Cases

£1.5 million settlement after repeated medical errors left our client tetraplegic. After discharge following unnecessary spinal surgery he was readmitted to hospital and incorrectly placed on a cardiac ward with no spinal, orthopaedic or neurological review. There, he was left to sleep in a chair. He fell forwards, injuring his cervical spine but his paralysis was ignored until it had become permanent.

Judgment at trial and subsequent substantial settlement for a woman who suffered a cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT), cardiac arrest and severe neurological injury which left her in a minimally aware state as a result of negligent obstetric and postnatal care.

£1 million settlement in a strongly contested claim for a child with limited life expectation following cardiac arrest, brain injury and tetraplegia from negligent care of his asthma.

£250,000 settlement for a widow whose husband died after three GPs failed to refer him for cardiac review, despite his repeated complaints of chest pain and history of heart problems. 

£200,000 settlement for a boy whose mother died as a result of a negligently performed cardioversion procedure for atrial fibrillation (abnormal heart rhythm). 

Admission of liability in a claim for the dependent children of a mother who died after delays in treatment for cardiac sarcoid.

Settlement for a man with a pre-existing heart condition who suffered a pulmonary embolism, breathlessness and psychological injury after urgent care centre medical staff failed to recognise that he was suffering from infective endocarditis. 

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Meet your specialist team

Our specialist Cardiac and heart disease negligence claims team are considered leaders in the field and have a significant amount of expertise.
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Susan Brown


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Julie Marsh


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Richard Money-Kyrle


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Sita Soni

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Vanessa Wand

Senior associate - solicitor

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Rachel Makore

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Tara Pileggi-Byrne

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Alpa Rana

Associate - solicitor

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Fran Rothwell

Associate solicitor

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Ben Ireland


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Alice Carley


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Audrey Elmore

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Nicky Melville

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Our medical negligence and personal injury teams have been nationally recognised for over 20 years because of their expertise, empathy and commitment to securing maximum compensation for our clients.

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What our clients say

"Amazing support"

Fran has been an amazing support through a very difficult time for me and my family. Always available to speak and kept me in the loop with anything happening, she has been so kind, and I thank her so much for helping and getting my mum the justice she deserved.

Ms Alison

"Honest, approachable and truly empathetic"

What has to be some of the most testing horrible times was dealt with in a dignified, honest, approachable and truly empathetic manner. I could not begin to do Susan justice for her handling of our case.

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I approached Boyes Turner after my claim was turned down by one of the Medical Negligence Claim company. My wife was a victim of medical negligence.

Boyes Turner have acted so efficiently on our behalf and was able to win our case. Anytime we contact them, their customer service was very good as they kept us fully informed of every level our case has developed. They are very friendly and approachable and great in their professional advise. I would strongly recommend anyone approach them for their legal and medical negligence services.

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I came to Boyes Turner desperate after searching the web for a firm to use for my sons case. He was only a few months so my mind was all over the place, but from the very first point of contact I felt a sense of relieve and belonging. I was welcomed and looked after by amazing staff who always communicated everything so well and went the extra mile to explain things and ensure I understood what was happening every step of the way (THANK YOU SUSAN BROWN). Susan was amazing I felt like I not only had a solicitor but someone who understood my emotions as a mother and always handled me with so much compassion and that was all I needed to keep me going for the 6 years of the case. Years went by in a breeze because of how professional Boyes Turner was. I am so greatful I went through it all with them and mananged to get my son a good compensation. We look forward our new life where my sons needs are priority after struggling for so long. Thank you Boyes Turner and thank you Susan Brown. My family and I are ever indebted.

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