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Hospital pays £225,000 after husband makes melanoma claim

02 December 2009

Russell Jones & Walker have obtained substantial damages for a number of clients who were the victims of mistaken diagnoses of cancer as a result of clinical negligence. One woman died at the age of 57 when she developed skin cancer which spread to other parts of her body. Six years before, she was told that a cancerous mole was benign. After her cancer was diagnosed, a review of the biopsy showed that it was in fact the early stages of melanoma (also known as skin cancer). Had it been properly treated at the outset, her prognosis would have been good and she would probably have lived a normal life. The hospital had accepted that this was a mistake that no reasonable doctor could have made and paid damages to £225,000 to her husband.