17 November 2010
Man seeks £300k in medical negligence compensation claim
A man is making a medical negligence claim of more than £300,000 against the NHS after he contracted cancer following a blunder by a clinical expert.
Jon Edmonds is seeking damages after professional negligence by a doctor at the North Bristol NHS Trust - which employs more than 9,000 people across two hospitals - who allegedly refused to remove a mole from his shoulder in 2005.
Now, the 42-year-old, who has four children, has malignant melanoma as a result of the blemish and has been given a 50 per cent chance of surviving beyond the next five years.
As a result, Mr Edmonds is suing the NHS on the grounds that his potentially fatal condition could have been avoided had the doctor in question not ruled that removing the mole is a cosmetic procedure.
He commented that he is "very angry" about his treatment as, due to this professional negligence, "my life has been put in jeopardy".
Paul Sankey, clinical negligence partner at RJW, commented: "The chances of overcoming melanoma are high when the cancer is caught at an early stage and the tissue around it removed. Unfortunately as it increases in size it spreads and the prospects of a good outcome diminish. This is therefore the sort of case where one errs on the side of caution. Leaving a blemish to grow when it could be melanoma can be a catastrophic mistake."
Contact our clinical negligence solicitors on 0800 916 9049 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like advice on any medical negligence matter
Posted by Cheryl Bennett
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