Delayed diagnosis of lung cancer - medical negligence claim

Boyes Turner's medical negligence team acted for a woman who suffered from recurring chest infections and was first referred to a chest physician in 1998 following a chest x-ray which had identified an abnormality. The consultant she saw dismissed the findings on the x-ray and did not diagnose any lung related condition.

Ongoing illness

In 2003 she complained of shortness of breath during a pre-operative assessment. A further x-ray was performed and indicated a lung mass. However the report was not acted upon and no further action was taken.

She continued to experience shortness of breath and finally in 2006, was diagnosed with a mucinous adenocarcinoma. She underwent a right upper lobectomy in February 2007. The delay in diagnosis of her lung cancer meant that she required more extensive and invasive surgery than would have been required had the diagnosis been made earlier.

Making a medical negligence claim

The woman made a good recovery after surgery and opted not to have any adjuvant treatment after discussions with her consultant. She also suffered a psychological reaction as a result of the delay in diagnosis.

She approached Boyes Turner to make a medical negligence claim on her behalf and received £32,500 in compensation to reflect the more extensive and invasive surgery that had been required as a result of the negligence. 

The service was personal, professional and considered. I was treated so kindly and in the end I knew that not only had I found the right organisation but also the right person.

Boyes Turner client

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