Our client, a man in his 70s, visited his GP to complain of a number of symptoms and was referred to hospital under the 2-week suspected cancer referral rule. He underwent an ultrasound scan, which revealed there was a high chance of a bladder tumour. However, no further action was taken.
There were further missed opportunities to review and act on the ultrasound in the following months, when he was admitted to hospital for related health issues. Furthermore, an operation was carried out with no mention of any abnormalities.
If the tumour had been identified when the original ultrasound was carried out, our client would have been listed for urgent treatment, by the end of the following month at the very latest. However, his bladder cancer was not diagnosed for 17 months in total.
Our client had previously lived a healthy and active lifestyle, which included playing sport competitively and taking care of his wife, who is suffering from the effects of a stroke. However, he was left with permanent and life-changing injuries, and now has to employ a carer to look after his wife and a cleaner for their home.
The client contacted our Medical Negligence Solicitors for free legal advice about making a claim for compensation against the NHS Hospital Trust that treated him. Medical Negligence Associate Solicitor Sarah Holdsworth, who specialises in delayed diagnosis of cancer cases, arranged for an independent medical examination of our client, so she could fully assess his injuries and calculate the impact they have had on his quality of life.
Sarah Holdsworth pursued the case and sometime later the NHS Hospital Trust admitted liability, accepting that more could have been done to diagnose his bladder cancer sooner. However, the NHS Hospital Trust initially offered our client just £27,000 in compensation.
Sarah Holdsworth pursued the case further and the NHS Hospital Trust later accepted that meeting his care needs would be much costlier than the original amount of compensation offered, and an undisclosed six-figure compensation settlement was subsequently agreed.
The medical negligence compensation awarded to our client has gone some way to funding his ongoing care needs, as well as physiotherapy, adaptations to his home to allow him to live as independently as possible, and a carer for his wife on a daily basis.
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