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Six-Figure Damages Awarded in Cancer Misdiagnosis Case

20 October 2015

The dependants of a woman, who died of endometrial cancer after her treatment was repeatedly delayed, have received an undisclosed six-figure sum of compensation.

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

Settlement Value: Confidential

What Happened: The client attended an appointment in relation to post-menopausal bleeding. Growths were identified and she was recommended for a hysterectomy and listed for removal of the growths.

The hospital advised the client’s GP that she required surgery within two months. Her surgery was duly planned to take place a few months later but was then cancelled because she was unwell. She was not given a follow-up appointment and her surgery was not re-scheduled.

The following year, the client’s GP raised concerns that she had still not undergone surgery. She was seen a few months later and it was agreed that surgery would take place in October 2009. However, due to her being unwell again, the surgery had to be cancelled. She was too unwell to undergo surgery for the next few months.

The client was never informed that she was an urgent patient so her next planned clinic appointment was cancelled. She was re-booked for two months later. During this time, she attended the emergency gynaecological unit with heavy bleeding. She had a biopsy and was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. She underwent surgery and chemotherapy but unfortunately this was too late to save her.

Impact: The client underwent surgery and chemotherapy but unfortunately it was too late. She died in 2013.

How Slater and Gordon Helped: We reviewed the case and concluded that the client had good prospects of success.

The claim was pursued under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), commonly known as a No Win, No Fee agreement.

We obtained medical evidence and details of the client’s losses and expenses were collated before proceedings were issued.

Decision: Slater and Gordon negotiated with the defendants and reached agreement on a substantial six figure sum for the deceased’s dependants.

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