Misdiagnosed with Cancer
A woman who had a kidney removed as a result of a mis-diagnosis at Stafford General Hospital, has been awarded £33,650 in damages through legal representation from clinical negligence solicitors, Thompsons.
Mrs Appleton, from Rugeley, sought legal advice from the firm after it transpired that her kidney had been removed unnecessarily following a mistaken cancer diagnosis.
Mrs Appleton was told in April 2004 that she had cancer in her kidney and that an operation would be necessary to remove the kidney and her urethra. It took the hospital three weeks from the operation to discover that she did not in fact have cancer and that the lump found was just a kidney stone.
Thompsons Solicitors made a case against the hospital trust maintaining that a simple further investigation by the hospital would have revealed the true cause of Mrs Appleton's problem. The firm also highlighted that had this taken place, Mrs Appleton would not have had to go through the trauma of being told that she had cancer followed by an extensive operation.
Hospital admitted liability
As a result, Stafford General Hospital admitted full liability.
Mrs Appleton was not initially aware of the extent of possible recourse until she consulted Thompsons Solicitors. She explained: “We were advised by friends to get advice from a solicitor. Although we went through a period of great anxiety about the wrong diagnosis and treatment, we are pleased that Thompsons provided us with specialist clinical negligenceadvice we needed. Without their expertise, we may well have lost out.”
Kashmir Uppal, for Thompsons Solicitors in Birmingham, comments: “Mrs Appleton is one of many who have benefited from our clinical negligence expertise. In recent years we have seen increasing numbers of cases of this type and we have been very successful in securing substantial damages.”
Concerned about negligent medical treatment or diagnoses? Talk to us for advice and support today.
Our discrete and compassionate medical negligence solicitors are experienced in the full range of medical injury claims, and will work with you to establish whether you have a medical negligence compensation claim.
If you, or a loved one, think you have suffered medical negligence, such as a birth injury (for example, a cerebral palsy diagnosis following a difficult birth), misdiagnosis (such as cancer misdiagnosis), or suffered negligence during an operation contact us for advice.
If the incident happened more than three years ago, you will usually not be able to make a claim for compensation. However, exceptions do apply – such as instances where you could not have reasonably known your symptoms were caused by clinical negligence, or cases involves adults who lack legal capacity or children – so contact us for advice.
For further information, visit our How to Make A Compensation Claim page.