21st Aug 2017
Anthony Metzer QC represented the widow of Neil Shestopal at the inquest at Westminster Coroner’s Court, which took place on Thursday and Friday 17th/18th August 2017.
Mr Shestopal, a retired solicitor, died aged 72 from the effects of a cardiac arrest, which his family argued was caused by an air embolism – a blood vessel blockage caused by bubbles of air or other gas in the circulatory system. The Coroner, Dr William Dolman, heard this was “most likely” caused by the improper removal of a vascath – a type of catheter (CVC) – by Mr Shestopal’s nurse at the time at the London Clinic on 19th April 2016. The Coroner concluded on Friday 18th August that breaches of procedure led to Mr Shestopal’s heart attack and subsequent death. Further reports of the inquest can be read here
Anthony Metzer QC was instructed by Janice Gardner at Russell Cooke.