• The client was represented by Brachers Senior Associate Harriet Humphrey.

    The case

    Mrs S was referred to hospital by her GP due to concern over a lump. She was seen by gynaecologists at a hospital local to her between December 2014 and July 2016. Her symptoms were put down to falling oestrogen levels (menopause) and scar tissue despite Mrs S being in considerable pain such that she attended A& E twice in the summer of 2016.

    It was not until September 2016 that extensive cancer was found. Chemotherapy was commenced but later abandoned and Mrs S was told that there was nothing that could be done for her. She developed large and painful abscesses, infections, and required significant interventions including nerve blocks due to the level of her pain. Mrs S sadly died in October 2017.

    The relevant hospital Trust admitted a negligent delay in diagnosis of cancer. This was a very significant failing which caused Mrs S’s death. The evidence obtained in the case showed that earlier treatment would likely have cured her. This matter was of course highly distressing for her family.

    Harriet obtained an interim payment shortly before Mrs S died and thereafter negotiated a settlement for Mrs S’s husband and son in relation to Mrs S’s lost contribution to the family. This settlement had to be approved by a Master at the High Court who commented upon the tragedy of this case and that he hoped lessons had been learnt by the hospital Trust and that such a failing in care would not happen again.

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