Our medical negligence solicitors secured a settlement for a client who had two missed opportunities to diagnose lung cancer.
What Happened To Rebecca*
Rebecca had concerns about her health, in particular her breathing and chest pain, and therefore made several visits to her GP. During visits in 2013 and 2016, doctors missed the signs of lung cancer. Despite Rebecca feeling that something was not right, her doctors reassured her all was well.
At the time, it is likely that Rebecca would have gone on to have successful curative treatment which would have worked on the cancer.
In 2017, doctors found cancer on her lungs. Unfortunately, the cancer had now spread to other parts of her body and curative treatment was no longer an option.
Rebecca’s cancer is now terminal. She must live with the knowledge that it will prematurely end her life.
Helping Rebecca Get The Compensation She Needed
Rebecca contacted our medical negligence team for answers and to help her make a claim for compensation.
Our independent radiologist advised that there were two missed opportunities to spot the cancer. This was during Rebecca’s 2013 and 2016 scans. The opposing side argued the cancer was only missed in 2016.
However, our independent Consultant Oncologist was able to say that even if the cancer had only been picked up in 2016, on the balance of probabilities, Rebecca would have been able to have successful curative treatment. Unfortunately, she was denied this chance due to the trust’s failings and he advised it was too late to offer curative treatment by 2017.
After hard work by our lawyers, we were able to reach an agreement with the defendant trust. Rebecca’s case settled for £150,000. This will ensure she can live the rest of her life comfortably and make financial arrangements for her family. In particular, she will require significant care in the terminal stages of her disease and her compensation will ensure this can be arranged.
Catherine Knight, a solicitor in our London medical negligence team, helped Rebecca. Catherine said: “Although no compensation can make up for what has happened, I am grateful that my client will be able to live the rest of her life and make arrangements for her care without the financial burden and worry of these costs.
“It also frees up her husband and children to act as loved ones and not as carers. I hope that all of these things will ensure she has a comfortable end of her life and is able to enjoy her time with her family and reflect on good memories.”
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*Not actual names used
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