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Five-Figure Settlement For Biopsy Failings

29 December 2016

A five-figure settlement was awarded following communication failings of a biopsy that led to further surgery and psychological trauma.

Slater and Gordon Solicitor: James Bell is a principal lawyer and medical negligence solicitor at Slater and Gordon in London.

Settlement: £55,000

What Happened: Our client underwent an examination of the rectum and colon and had a biopsy taken which revealed a low grade dysplasia, a collection of abnormal cells that may become cancerous if left untreated.

The findings of the biopsy were not communicated to our client at her subsequent follow up appointments and she was discharged without treatment. Our client suffered bleeding and anaemia and was referred for further investigations which revealed a malignant rectal tumour at the same location where her dysplasia had been identified three years earlier.

Impact: Our client underwent further surgery and had to undergo chemotherapy, which could otherwise have been avoided, as well as neuropathic symptoms in her fingers and toes.

She suffered from loss of earnings, psychological trauma and has been left worrying about her future and life expectancy as well as the possibility of the cancer returning.

How Slater and Gordon Helped:  After obtaining positive expert medical evidence, we submitted our claim to the NHS Litigation Authority.

Decision: Following negotiations, our client accepted the defendant’s offer in the sum of £55,000.

Related Practice Area:

·     Clinical negligence

·     Medical negligence

·     Surgery claims

·     Personal injury

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