Hospital staff negligence leads to death, and payout

THE partner and children of a 29-year-old woman who died at Lismore Hospital due to staff negligence have received compensation from the Northern NSW Local Health District.

Stacey Lee Armstrong presented at Grafton Hospital with severe abdominal pains in January, 2012.

It took 48 hours before she was transported to Lismore, where she suffered a massive cardiac arrest.

Her life support was switched off nine days later.

Ms Armstrong's partner, Troy William Evans, sued the Northern NSW Local Health District for damages at the Coffs Harbour District Court in February.

He also sought damages on behalf of his three children.

The Ambulance Service of NSW and surgeon Dr Clifton Washaya were also named in the litigation.

Sydney Supreme Court Justice Helen Wilson said the three co-defendants had accepted liability and settled the claim with Mr Evans, the precise details of which were confidential.

"The proposal placed before the court is based upon expert assessment of the circumstances of the plaintiff and the children, together with a prediction (which is as realistic as is possible) of the impact into the future of Ms Armstrong's death upon them," she said.

"On the evidence before the court it appears to be a reasonable proposal."


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