Following a diagnosis of acute Cholecystitis, our client’s wife, E had a CT scan performed at her local hospital which identified a 1.4cm suspicious lung nodule. Despite this, the hospital failed to tell her or her family of the presence of this nodule and they did not recommend any follow up treatment or review. Over the course of the next 17 months, her condition deteriorated and she suffered with shortness of breath, a tight chest and debilitating pain. Her quality life was also affected to the extent that she became reliant on others to assist with activities of daily living. It wasn’t until 18 months later, that it was noticed the nodule had grown to over 4.4cm, and the carcinoma had spread to other areas of her body. E sadly passed away, shortly after this diagnosis, leaving behind a large family who doted upon her.
What CL Medilaw did to help?
We were instructed by E’s husband on behalf of all of her family to investigate a claim.
Our team obtained supportive expert evidence which identified that had the carcinoma been treated 18 months earlier, then E would not have died when she did. We engaged in the clinical negligence pre-action protocol where we were able to obtain an early admission of liability from the hospital and subsequently settled the claim. This settlement ensures that our client will be able to obtain the necessary support that will assist him and his family in the years to come.
No amount of money can ever compensate the family for their loss. However, by achieving a settlement, the family are now able to start grieving and taking steps to re-build their lives.