A woman who planned her funeral after being wrongly diagnosed with terminal cancer has won a five-figure payout from NHS Grampian. Denise Clark spent a sum of £10,000 seeking out alternative treatment for her ‘condition’ at a clinic in Spain after her diagnosis and spent two years believing that there was a high possibility she could die. However, Ms Clark did not feel unwell and became suspicious of her diagnosis, requesting another scan of her pelvis where the malignant growth was said to be found. It was then discovered that the growth was not as life-threatening as she believed and doctors admitted their mistake. However, Ms Clark wrote goodbye letters to her sons Harvey (10) and Luca (4) believing that she would not survive her diagnosis which led her to pursue compensation for her and her family’s suffering.
Ms Clark has stated that multiple departments of the NHS made mistakes along the course of her diagnosis but did praise the x-ray department at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for correctly diagnosing her. The compensation received will help the claimant with financial losses felt due to the cost of funeral arrangements and the cost of her alternative treatment.
Medical negligence claims
Although Ms Clark was wrongly diagnosed with terminal cancer, there may be cases of misdiagnosis where an illness is missed by doctors. This could result in the illness becoming life-threatening or causing complications. Medical negligence can be the fault of a GP, a nurse, a surgeon or a specialist and can be a misdiagnosis, a failure to diagnose or a failure to thoroughly examine a patient. The wrong medication may be prescribed or a patient could be mixed up with another patient due to an administration error. In any of these cases, where there is evidence that negligence took place, you may have a case for compensation.
Making a wrongful diagnosis claim
Whether you suffer a misdiagnosis, a failure to diagnose or a failure to treat an illness appropriately, Accident Advice Helpline can assist. Claiming compensation is made much easier with an expert solicitor on your side and we offer you no-obligation advice in the first instance to ensure you have all the facts before making your claim. Our no win, no fee policy means that you won’t have to fork out any of your own savings to make your claim with us, and any compensation won will help you pay for any costs related to your injury or illness. To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Source: The Scotsman