Delay in Cancer Diagnosis – Settlement Reached with University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust

Price Slater Gawne’s David Dawson has secured a £50.000 settlement against the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust following delays in the diagnosis of terminal cancer by staff at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

The 59 year old lady had been admitted to the hospital in May 2011 with severe nosebleeds and headaches. No diagnosis was made on this occasion but the problem continued and she was readmitted in June 2011, but despite being in the hospital for over 2 months, the staff failed to diagnose that she had a tumour in her sinus.

She was discharged from hospital but on readmission in October 2011 investigations revealed the large tumour. She was referred to a specialist cancer centre but sadly by then the illness had progressed to the extent that there was no prospect of a cure, and she passed away 3 months after diagnosis.

On her husband’s behalf, David commenced investigations and obtained evidence that the initial investigations at the Royal Lancaster infirmary were inadequate and that with proper care, the illness ought to have been diagnosed several months sooner. Although the illness was likely to have been terminal even then, diagnosis at that point would have meant that her life could have been prolonged and extended by up to 18 months.

Following a letter of claim liability was admitted by the hospital and negotiations secured a settlement at £50,000 plus legal costs.

The lady’s husband had understandably found the entire medical process and the legal process difficult. He praised David Dawson, his solicitor, for the way he had conducted the case.

“David recognised that it was extremely difficult for me from the outset and his communications and attitude have been helpful, courteous and understanding throughout. Naturally, I am pleased that we achieved our aims but also I am sincerely grateful to him for the manner in which he has achieved this.”

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