From 2012 to 2014, NW underwent annual PET scans at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust as part of a 5-year follow up following a previous cancer diagnosis. These scans were all reported to be normal, with no signs of cancer and by 2018 he was due to be discharged from the cancer services.
A year later, NW attended A&E with severe headaches, slurred speech and facial droop and during investigations a CT head scan and an MRI revealed that NW had a large pituitary tumour. During these initial investigations it was further identified that the tumour had in fact been present for a long time and was identifiable on the previous PET scans from 2012 to 2014.
How Cl Medilaw Helped
CL Medilaw were instructed to investigate whether there had been any negligence on part of the Trust in not identifying the tumour at an earlier stage.
Sadly, during the course of these investigations, NW’s health deteriorated and he subsequently died.
We were able to obtain an early admission and apology from the Trust following their failure to diagnose the tumour at an earlier stage. It was admitted that had he been diagnosed earlier, NW would not have gone on to experience the symptoms he presented with in April 2019. Following this admission, we were then able to secure a substantial early settlement of the claim on behalf of NW’s estate.
Following settlement NW’s widow said:
“I would like to thank CL Medilaw for the quick and excellent service I have received. They have been so kind and friendly to talk to, they have explained in detail every aspect of the case and kept me informed regularly along the way. It has been a pleasure working with them and I would certainly recommend the team.”