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Partner blames doctors for death from untreated head injuries

Posted in: Car Accidents Medical Negligence 

A woman has blamed doctors for the death of her partner after they allowed him to leave hospital with head injuries that later killed him. Darren Roberts had been in a serious car accident, but was allowed to leave hospital only one hour after he was submitted. The father-of-one died the following day (6th of December).

Mr Roberts had been involved in a two-car collision on the A541 at Afonwen, Wales, when he suffered the fatal head injury. It was heard that impact with the windscreen and rear view mirror caused a serious gash on his head. An inquest found that Mr Roberts had been driving towards Mold close to a car garage when he suddenly braked and skidded into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

Treated by a second year foundation doctor

Following the accident, Mr Roberts was examined by paramedics at the scene and was taken to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd Hospital. He was treated and discharged from the hospital in less than one hour. It was heard that a second year foundation doctor, who was only on her second day of working in the emergency department, had treated Mr Roberts. A review into Mr Roberts’ death found that Dr Lawrence-Ball could have carried out more rigorous examinations.

Mr Roberts’ partner, Clare Ponton, said: “I am angry and frustrated Darren was released from hospital and I am annoyed we couldn’t get an appointment with the GP. It is unforgivable he was released with such a serious injury.

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