HSE admits liability after man’s death
HEART PROBLEMS FAMILY AWARDED €302,500 PAYMENT
THE FAMILY of a 39-year-old man who died of heart problems some six months after being treated with aspirin for ‘ atypical chest pain’ has received €302,500 in settlement of their High Court action against the Health Service Executive (HSE).
It was claimed St Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown, was negligent at the time of Alan Cummins’s admission in 2004, and should have diagnosed his condition as requiring urgent in-patient investigation and/or surgical intervention.
Mr. Cummins’s wife Hazel, of Kilbride Grove, Bray, Co. Wicklow, had brought proceedings on behalf of her family over his death.
The HSE conceded liability. It was claimed Mr. Cummins, a security guard, had attended his GP complaining of severe chest pain on June 9, 2004. He was referred to the accident and emergency department of St Columcille’s Hospital. On June 10, an assessment took place and he was given some aspirin.
Examining doctors concluded he was suffering from ‘atypical chest pain’ and later discharged him back to the care of his GP.
On December 23, 2.004, while he was working, Mr. Cummins collapsed and was found dead by a work colleague. An inquest concluded his death was due to heart disease.