We settled a delayed diagnosis claim for Wendy's family. We secured £155,000 for Wendy's family after a 3 year delay in diagnosing colon cancer resulted in her death.
Wendy visited her GP complaining of increased bowel activity and loose stools. She said this had been going on for three months.
Her GP prescribed an antispasmodic (a drug used to suppress muscle contractions) and the GP reviewed her again six weeks later. He did not examine her, but noted that her condition had improved and continued to provide repeat prescriptions for the antispasmodic.
Wendy saw her GP again some 16 months later and informed him that there had been no improvement.
Her GP did not take any further action. She should have been referred for further investigation and a diagnosis of colorectal carcinoma should have been made. If appropriate treatment had been instituted at this time, she would probably have had a five-year cancer-free survival.
Eventually, nearly three years after she first consulted her GP she was referred to a gastroenterologist and a diagnosis of colorectal carcinoma was made.
Wendy underwent extensive surgery, but a few years later she was discovered to have metastatic carcinoma. The cancer had spread to other parts of her body and Wendy died from her illness.
We pursued a delayed diagnosis claim for Wendy's family. We agreed to settle the case for £155,000, plus costs. The case was taken on a no win, no fee basis and Wendy's family received all of the compensation.
- You can speak to any member of our Medical Negligence team on freephone 0800 358 3848
- e-Mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or,
- Complete our short enquiry form.
Contact us on freephone 0800 358 3848
Or start your claim online.
Fieldfisher is: ‘a firm full of the highest quality lawyers in the field' and has an 'outstanding depth of expertise’ - Legal 500 2015, Awarded Top Tier
"The group is praised for its commitment to 'demystifying the legal process' while this is a firm for which the client has always been a priority"
Fieldfisher's Personal Injury and Medical Negligence solicitors are proudly listed as 'Super Lawyers' in both on-line and off-line printed publishings.
Fieldfisher has successfully been recognised as an "Occupation and Asbestos Disease Specialists" Fieldfisher are now recognised as assessors
Fieldfisher are signatories of the Ethical Marketing Charter demonstrating our commitment to responsible, transparent and professional marketing.
Fieldfisher has been named as the winners of the Legal 500 United Kingdom 2015: *Claimant Clinical Negligence Award*. Testament to our expertise.
Fixed costs: The end of patient justice
A letter from the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA), the charity for patient safety and justice, published in the Telegraph this week, asked the Health Secretary to reconsider proposals concerning fixed costs in clinical negligence claims.
Sepsis and clinical negligence claims - Helen Thompson sets out the possible legal remedies after sepsis is misdiagnosed or not recognised
The Sun reports on Keith Barrett's case of Richard Giles, who died after being electrocuted when his lorry hit 11,000 volt cables