Hypertension & stroke

DLA Piper today reported a recent UK decision, which considered a claim alleging that a defendant GP should have correctly measured and recorded his high blood pressure and performed other tests at an early stage and that, had he done so, the claimant would then have embarked on a treatment regime which would probably have prevented the stroke he suffered at age 35.

In Beech v  Timney & Patterson [2013] EWHC 2345 (QB), adverse findings were made against the GP for failing to inspect the claimant’s optic fundi in the context of early morning headaches, suggesting the possibility of raised intracranial pressure.

However the court found against the claimant on causation, holding that the claimant would have suffered his stroke (which happened quickly, even if reasonable treatment was initiated. The reasonable treatment would not have altered his outcome for some months.