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Andrew Cragg settles case for failure to diagnose rectal cancer for £520,000

The Claimant underwent a colonoscopy on 17 April 2009 at the Royal Derby Hospital and a polyp was detected and biopsied.  The polyp should have been removed but the hospital failed to do this and the Claimant was discharged.

The Claimant experienced bleeding in March 2010, and investigations identified a tumour in the rectum.  The Claimant was sadly told that he had rectal cancer.

We were successful in proving that the failure to treat the Claimant in 2009 was negligent.

Whilst the Claimant would have always required surgery to remove the polyp, we were able to prove that with earlier diagnosis, he would have avoided a course of radical radiotherapy, from which he suffered  radiation burns and chemotherapy.  He has also, sadly been left with a permanent stoma and urinary symptoms, which would also have been avoided.

Andrew Cragg was successful in securing a settlement for the client and he negotiated compensation in the sum of £520,000.

Following settlement of the claim, Mr K provided the following overview of his case:

“I just wanted to say thank you to Langleys and in particular Andrew Cragg and his team for all their help in reaching a settlement on my behalf regarding my medical negligence claim.

It has been a long and at times stressful journey, taking some five and a half years to reach a conclusion but throughout it all Andrew has been my rock. His support, persistence, attention to detail and most of all his guidance and friendship has been unwavering.

I was not surprised to read about Andrew’s promotion, recognition of his dedication to his job and his clients. I wish him and all of the staff at Langleys every success for the future and recommend them to anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation to myself.”

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