£59,000 compensation following breast cancer chemotherapy injury

£59,000 in compensation was recovered for a 54 year old woman, who suffered an extravasation injury to her chest area during chemotherapy treatment at a private hospital for cancer of the left breast.

It was alleged that the nurse negligently administered the chemotherapy drugs into the chest cavity, instead of into the port catheter. The nurse continued to negligently administer the drugs despite the woman’s complaints concerning pain.

The woman initially suffered severe swelling and discomfort in the affected area and there was a breakdown of surrounding breast tissue. The woman has been left with permanent uncomfortable and unsightly scarring, hardness and redness and the area is tender to touch.

The woman had to undergo additional operations as a result of the negligence, involving skin grafting. The woman also suffered a psychological injury as a result of the negligence.

The defendant admitted liability at an early stage. The case was adjourned whilst the woman underwent further treatment. A settlement of £59,000 was then negotiated. There was no cost to the client in bringing the claim.

The service provided was first class. You were understanding, caring and professional

David Froud

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