Woman Awarded Compensation for Husband’s Death

A woman has been awarded compensation amounting to £335,000 after medical staff failed to prevent the death of her husband from heart failure, reports the Daily Mail.

Rohan Rupasingh was only 33-years-old when he suffered a fatal heart attack. His family reportedly had a history of heart problems, and he had apparently shown worrying symptoms during medical examinations.

His wife Kumudu, who is herself a doctor, claimed that had doctors recognised he was at risk of heart failure and fitted him with a pacemaker, he would probably still be alive today. 

Her lawyers also claimed that Rohan, who was an engineer, had been the main earner for the family, and that his death had financial implications for the family. It had also been detrimental to Kumudu’s own career and earnings potential. She had been on track to become a consultant, but the death of her husband, who had shared child care duties for the couple’s two children, meant that this was no longer possible.

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust admitted negligence. In awarding compensation, the judge said that Ms Rupasingh couldn’t claim for the loss of her own future earnings, but the family were entitled to compensation for the bereavement they had suffered and ‘loss of dependency’ on Rohan, reports the Daily Mail.

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