Belinda suffered from a vaginal prolapse for many years and had undertaken her own physiotherapy and pelvic floor exercises.
In August 2000, examination confirmed the presence of a moderate cystocoele and a deficient perineum, as well as a rectocoele but no masses were found.
In March 2001, she was referred to the hospital and was offered a vaginal hysterectomy and anterior posterior repair for her vaginal prolapses. An ultrasound scan was carried out in August 2001.
Belinda was admitted for surgery in July 2002. At that time, an ultrasound scan was performed, which showed a right-sided mass in the uterus.
A histopathology report obtained at surgery on 3 July 2002 confirmed that she was suffering from an undifferentiated carcinoma invading most of the ovary. She was referred for eight courses of combination chemotherapy.
On 22 July 2002, Belinda attended the consultant and was advised of the abnormal ultrasound scan, which had been taken in August 2001. It was contended that no follow-up was undertaken because it was thought that she would be admitted within three months for a vaginal hysterectomy.
Understandably, Belinda became depressed and complained of a “smell of death” in her nostrils, being convinced that she was going to die.
Samantha Critchley acted on Belinda’s behalf. In response to a letter of claim in October 2003, the defendants admitted breach of duty in relation to the failure of follow up the results of the ultrasound scan performed in August 2001.
However, the hospital did not accept that Belinda’s condition had been made any worse by the delay in diagnosis.
Accordingly, we obtained reports from an expert oncologist (on the affects of the delay in terms of the progression of the tumour) and from a psychiatrist in relation to Belinda’s emotional status.
After the service of these reports, the Defendant made an offer of £50,000 in full and final settlement of the claim plus costs.
This was accepted on 18 April 2005. Most importantly, the hospital confirmed that it had introduced a new protocol in dealing with similar situations to Belinda’s.
- You can speak to our medical negligence solicitors on freephone 0800 358 3848
- e-Mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Complete our short enquiry form
All enquiries are completely free of charge and we will investigate all funding options for you including no win, no fee.
Contact us on freephone 0800 358 3848
Or start your claim online.
"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 has successfully been recognised as an "Occupation and Asbestos Disease Specialists" Fieldfisher are now recognised as assessors
Charities we support
Sepsis deaths recorded in hospitals rose by more than a third in two years
In a heart-breaking reminder of the tragedy of sepsis, William Meade's mother Melissa commented in the press this month following a report that sepsis deaths have risen by more than a third in two years.
Caron Heyes reacts to worrying report of death of twins in hospitals
An extremely concerning report from the Twins and Multiple Births Association (Tamba), commissioned by the Department of Health, has revealed that key recommendations to ensure the safety of multiple births are not being followed by many hospitals.
Fieldfisher supports family of pregnant woman who died from sepsis at Basildon Hospital
Following the inquest into the death of Reeta Saidha from sepsis at Basildon Hospital in December 2017, Iona Meeres-Young will pursue a civil claim against the hospital trust on behalf of Mrs Saidha's husband, Bhooshan, and their two daughters.