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£1.5 million awarded for damages after brain tumour was missed

Delay in diagnosis of our young client’s brain tumour resulted in her becoming blind

26 November 2009

Suzanne White, solicitor in the clinical negligence department has secured a substantial sum of compensation on behalf of a young adult who is blind because of the delay in diagnosis of a slow-growing tumour in her brain.

Our client arrived at King George Hospital in October 1999 having fallen and struck her head. Our experts were able to demonstrate that evidence revealed by x-rays of her skull showed “a striking and ... serious unexpected finding” which should then have been investigated further. We argued that, the tumour should have been diagnosed and treated soon after the x-rays were taken, and therefore she would not have lost her sight. Our client was admitted to hospital for emergency surgery in February 2000 but sadly this was performed too late to save her sight.

Our client now suffers from very severe visual loss and a squint. Despite the difficulties she has faced she is expected to complete her A levels and go on to university. Her compensation includes damages for the clinical negligence she experienced, the cost of her additional care needs, and transport costs to a boarding school for the blind as well as sums for her future care, rehabilitation, equipment and for a lower earning potential.

Suzanne White, a solicitor who has also previously worked as a radiographer, said of the settlement:

“This is a very sad case where the failure by the radiologist to report clear abnormalities on my client’s skull x-rays has caused her to lose her sight. We hope this settlement will go some way to provide her with financial security and independence for the future.”

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