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£130,000 for Bowel Cancer Patient After Delayed Diagnosis

28 September 2015

Slater and Gordon’s Clinical Negligence team secured £130,000 for a man whose delayed diagnosis led to him developing bowel cancer.

Settlement Value: £130,000

Slater and Gordon Solicitor: James Bell is a Clinical Negligence Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London.

What Happened: In 1999, the client developed ulcerative colitis. In 2004, he underwent an operation which left him with a ‘rectal stump.’ The operating surgeon planned to undertake a further operation known as a proctectomy at a later date when the patient’s steroids had been reduced or stopped.

The client was seen for follow-up appointments and was thereafter discharged in 2005. However, in 2011, it was noted that he was suffering with abdominal pain and weight loss.

After the client was investigated by way of a CT scan and further internal examinations, biopsies showed that he had developed cancer in his rectal stump. He underwent surgery and chemotherapy.

How Slater and Gordon Helped: Slater and Gordon alleged negligence against the defendant in that the defendant NHS Trust negligently failed to advise the client properly of the risk of cancer in his retained stump and negligently failed to monitor the rectal stump from 2007 onwards which was a breach of National Published Guidelines.

The NHS admitted that the client had received negligent treatment and that as a result of the breach of duty, the client had developed cancer.

Notwithstanding the development of the client’s cancer, his prognosis was good. Medical evidence was obtained regarding the impact of the chemotherapy and extra surgery upon him. He had remained in employment throughout this period and his job appeared secure.

Decision: Following mediation with NHS lawyers, the case settled in the sum of £130,000. The client was very happy with the outcome.

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