Misdiagnosed Blood Clot – Know the signs…



Don’t Let Blood Clots Take Centre Stage: The Importance of Recognising the Signs


In a world where busy schedules and fast-paced lives dominate, we can easily dismiss certain symptoms as mere anxiety or stress. The tragic story of Emily Chesterton, a young and talented actress, reminds us of the grave consequences that may follow such misjudgements. Emily’s life was cut short due to a misdiagnosed blood clot. Her parents are fighting to raise awareness about the dangers of overlooking these vital signs.


At Attwaters we’ve seen first-hand the devastating effects of a misdiagnosis. We’ve helped so many people with their claims after something was missed. With that in mind, it’s always worth taking note of the signs to watch for to catch a blood clot early before real damage is done.


The Tale of Emily Chesterton

Emily, a 30-year-old aspiring actress from Greater Manchester, moved to London with dreams of making it big in the entertainment industry. On October 31, 2022, she visited the Vale Practice surgery in north London, seeking medical attention for calf pain, a swollen and hot leg, shortness of breath, and difficulty walking. These are the clear indicators of a potential blood clot. Tragically, they were dismissed as anxiety by a physician associate (PA) who saw her that day.

Instead of receiving the necessary medical care, Emily was prescribed propranolol medication for anxiety. Later that evening, she collapsed and was rushed to the hospital, but it was too late. Her heart had stopped beating, and her life couldn’t be saved. A coroner’s report revealed that she could have been saved had she promptly been sent to the emergency room and treated for a pulmonary embolism.

The Danger of Misdiagnosis

Emily’s story highlights the danger of misdiagnosing blood clots. A potentially fatal condition that requires urgent medical attention. In an attempt to tackle staff shortages in the NHS, physician associates have been brought in to support doctors in patient diagnosis and management. While they play a crucial role in the healthcare system, it’s essential for patients to be aware that they are not doctors themselves.

Raising Awareness and Seeking Clarity

Emily’s parents, Brendan and Marion Chesterton, call for greater clarity on whether patients are seen by a GP or a physician associate. They believe the lack of awareness about the roles of medical professionals could lead to more tragedies.

We want to protect other families from experiencing the devastating loss the Chestertons endured, ensuring no more lives are lost due to misdiagnosed blood clots.

Recognising the Signs

To prevent such heartbreaking incidents, it is crucial for everyone to be aware of the signs of blood clots.

If you experience calf pain, swollen and hot legs, shortness of breath, or difficulty walking, don’t dismiss these symptoms as mere anxiety. Seek immediate medical attention and insist on being seen by a qualified doctor.

Support if you have a claim

If you, or a family member, suffered a misdiagnosed blood clot, know that there’s hope and support available. The team at Attwaters Accidents’ are here to help. Our Medical Negligence Solicitors offer professional and expert advice. We’re ready to assist you in seeking justice for any medical negligence that may have occurred.

Emily Chesterton’s story serves as a poignant reminder that we must never underestimate the importance of recognising and acting on the signs of blood clots. By raising awareness and seeking clarity about medical professionals’ roles, we can prevent tragedies like this from occurring in the future.

Together, let’s ensure that the spotlight stays on patient safety, and no more lives are lost due to undiagnosed blood clots. If you or a loved one are facing similar challenges, remember that Attwaters Accidents’ Medical Negligence Lawyers are ready to provide support and expertise. Helping you through these difficult times. Stay vigilant, stay informed, and please prioritise your health and well-being above all else.

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