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Compensation for family of a young woman who died following delayed cancer diagnosis

We successfully secured compensation for the family of a client who died at the age of 30 after a delay in the diagnosis and treatment of a tumour.

Our late client, Lisa, was referred for an ultrasound scan at Lincoln County Hospital by her General Practitioner as she had severe left abdominal pain.  The ultrasound scan was carried out in February 2007 and a report was sent to the GP surgery.

The report identified an approximately 2 cm mass closely related to the left kidney.  The report indicated that further imaging may be advisable.

Lisa was pregnant by the time that the ultrasound scan report was received and was seen at the GP surgery on numerous occasions thereafter but, at no time, was a referral for the further imaging made.

Following the birth of her baby, Lisa went back to the GP surgery and arrangements were made for the ultrasound scan to be repeated.  By this time, the mass had increased dramatically in size and was reported as measuring in the region of 11 cm.

Lisa was referred back to the Urologist at Lincoln County Hospital.  She had to undergo two operations for the removal of the tumour and also surgery for the removal of metastases in each lung as the cancer had spread to the lungs and also to the liver.  Despite treatment with chemotherapy, Lisa’s condition deteriorated and she died in February 2012.

Lisa left two young children in the care of her mother who pursued the claim upon behalf of her grandchildren.

We obtained medical reports from experts who analysed the scans and the progress of the cancer.  They were of the opinion that, but for the delay in the referral to the hospital and for a further ultrasound scan by the GP, Lisa would have survived.

The compensation which we have secured for the family will obviously never make up for the loss of a much loved mother and daughter but will enable the children to receive the support that they need into adult life.
Expert medical negligence lawyer, Sally-Ann Robinson, acted in this case.  She said “It was a privilege in this case to know and work with both Lisa and her family to secure this settlement.  If investigations are requested, then it is vital that steps are taken to follow up the results and recommendations.”

Lisa’s mother, Glynis, spoke of her relief at the conclusion of the case.

“Lisa was a very special person and I am grateful to Langleys for fighting so hard to secure a successful outcome to the claim.  Now that the case is concluded, the children and I can try to remember the happy times we had with Lisa and to look forward.  As a family, it is important to us that lessons are learned from what happened to Lisa and that medical staff review reports carefully and refer on for specialist care promptly, where necessary.”

Key contact

Andrew Cragg, Partner

Andrew Cragg

Partner

Call 01522 888555