A woman died at the age of 48 after Rotherham Hospital failed to provide her with a cancer diagnosis. Lynda Dunn was not informed of cancer despite having chest x-rays in July 2011 and the beginning of October the same year – both of which revealed lung cancer was present. However she became very ill towards the end of October, the time when she was first told she had cancer. By this point the cancer had already spread and she died on 17th November the same year.
Compensation has now been paid to the family of Lynda Dunn. Rotherham Hospital has also admitted she should have received the proper diagnosis after the first chest x-ray in July 2011. At this point chemotherapy should have been offered by way of treatment.
Her daughter, Danielle Dunn, spoke of the delays in treatment suffered by her mum. By the time she was told of the disease it was too late to do anything about it as the cancer had already spread to her brain. Prompt diagnosis and treatment is essential with all cases of cancer, and delays such as this are inexcusable.
What are the potential consequences of a late cancer diagnosis?
Most people are aware of how serious a cancer diagnosis can be. Early diagnosis is always the most important thing to remember; we should always see our GP if we experience symptoms that could be attributed to this disease. This holds true even if there are many other things the symptoms could point to. However it is imperative that medical staff do everything they can to speed through a diagnosis and alert the patient if cancer is found to be present. Not doing so can impede the odds of survival.
Do you think you may have a case for compensation that should be answered?
Accident Advice Helpline is here to provide a no-obligation service that could make all the difference in your situation. We’ll listen to the evidence and consider whether you may have cause to bring a no win, no fee* claim against those potentially responsible for compensation. Call the 24/7 enquiry line today – it’s completely free and you’ll be able to speak with an expert in this field. Don’t hesitate – time is of the essence as you have three years from the time of the incident to make a compensation claim.
Date Published: September 19, 2014
Author: David Brown