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Compensation following 4 year delay in leukaemia diagnosis

Man receives significant damages after his GP failed to diagnose him with Leukaemia for 4 years

9 March 2015

A 69-year-old man has been awarded a substantial amount of damages after his GP failed to diagnose his leukaemia for 4 years.

The man known only as Mr X was aged 65, and still working, when he went to his GP complaining of palpitations and other symptoms.

The GP requested a number of blood tests. The results of some of these tests were abnormal and the hospital laboratory reported it was likely that Mr X had a form of leukaemia.

However although the GP practice saw these results, the GP told Mr X that the blood tests showed nothing significant, and no further action was taken.

In January 2009, Mr X became unwell whilst on a world cruise. The ship’s doctor took a full blood count, which confirmed leukaemia.

He was given emergency treatment in a hospital in Honolulu, and then returned to the UK where he was diagnosed with an advanced stage of chronic lymphatic leukaemia.

Mr X underwent an intensive course of chemotherapy.

Maria Panteli from the clinical negligence team at Leigh Day represented Mr X, she said: “It is clear that my client’s GP did not fulfil his duty of care. I have consistently argued that had Mr X known about his diagnosis, he would have made different lifestyle choices and business decisions, and went ahead with a claim based on Mr X’s economic loss.”

After a lengthy negotiation, the case was settled and Mr X received substantial damages.

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