GP missed cancer of husband resulting in payout after his death

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The wife and children of a man who died in 2012 after his GP missed cancer have received a compensation payout after the GP admitted last year that he was liable for the error. Mark Browne visited his GP in 2008 after experiencing symptoms but was told he had piles. The GP missed cancer and a rectal growth and did not perform the proper examination at the time. Mr Browne then visited another GP several months later, resulting in a hospital referral and the diagnosis of bowel cancer.

The lawyer acting on behalf of the family who helped secure the unspecified amount of compensation said that Mr Browne could have survived the illness if he had been diagnosed correctly when he first went to see his GP. His wife said after the case was settled that her husband had wanted to bring the claim so the compensation could help support his family after he was gone. The admission of liability only came from his GP after Mr Browne had died, meaning he had no idea whether they would receive any compensation or not.

Are you entitled to compensation for a misdiagnosis or missed illness?

We rely on our GPs to give us the correct diagnosis or to refer us for more investigations or treatment, depending on the circumstances. This GP missed cancer and it resulted in the death of a man in his forties, who left behind a wife and children. If you believe you or a loved one has suffered in the same way, you have every right to consider bringing a compensation claim against those who were negligent in their clinical duty. Proof needs to exist that indicates this is the case, but this can be handled by a professional injury compensation lawyer.

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No one wants to be in the situation where a GP missed cancer and ended up letting someone suffer and potentially lose their life instead of receiving early treatment that could have made a difference. If you need advice about a no win, no fee* compensation claim, call our free 24/7 enquiry line now on 0800 689 0500 to see whether you have evidence that negligence did occur in your situation. Medical negligence should not be suffered – you are entitled to seek compensation if there is proof such negligence took place.

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