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£15,000 in Settlement of a Claim Following Delayed Diagnosis of Breast Cancer
Mon 23rd Apr 2012 Clinical Negligence
Our Clinical Negligence team successfully obtained £15,000.00 in compensation for the delay in the diagnosis of breast cancer.
Mrs J is a health professional. She was
diagnosed and successfully treated for breast cancer many years previously.
However, she was aware that there was always a risk of a recurrence or of a new
tumour developing. She was concerned when she developed inflammation over the
site of her previous surgery. She approached a breast surgeon in her own trust with her concerns. Mrs J had been
followed up previously with MRI scans due to the extent of breast tissue removed
at the previous surgery.
She was reviewed and advised that her symptoms were indicative of an infection and she was prescribed antibiotics. Although she did have a mammogram; this was not felt, by Mrs J, to be an adequate test to diagnosis breast cancer in her case due to the amount of breast tissue remaining.
Mrs J's symptoms did not settle. She became very concerned and returned to the breast surgeon. However, she was again re-assured that all was well and that there was no evidence of a recurrence.
Mrs J's symptoms progressed. She was diagnosed with breast cancer, 15 months after she first presented, in the same breast as previously. She required major surgery and chemotherapy. She was devastated at the failure of a colleague within her trust to diagnose her condition much sooner then was the case. She approached Patricia Wakeford, a Solicitor in Blake Lapthorn's specialist Clinical Negligence team.
This case was complicated as although a clear failure in care was identified by Mrs J's expert Oncologist; the trust denied liability. Matters progressed and although Mrs J appreciated that her life expectancy had been statistically affected, she would still have required the surgery even if diagnosed 15 months earlier. On this basis Mrs J offered to conclude her claim for £15,000.00. The trust accepted her offer.
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