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Failure to treat renal tumour results in pain and suffering

Failure to treat renal tumour results in pain and suffering

Medical Negligence

Doctors failed to diagnose and treat renal tumour following a client’s hip scan that showed 9cm mass

In November 2011, Mr R started experiencing pain in his hip. Over the year he attended his GP on several occasions and was referred to see a Rheumatologist.

Investigations were carried out and showed Mr R had raised blood levels and scans were taken in March 2013. No follow-up appointment was arranged and it wasn’t until July that the results were reported. The results showed a 9cm mass below the left kidney, as well as a tear of the left help.

A referral for a left hip replacement was made; however, Mr R was discharged without further investigation of the mass below his kidney.

The following year, in May 2014, some abnormal blood test results led to further scans being carried out on Mr R. These tests revealed a soft tissue mass, which now measured 11.4 x 9.5 x 11cm.

Mr R subsequently underwent surgery to remove the mass, however, in the following months, it was noted that further lung nodules had formed. Unfortunately, it is now likely that Mr R will require systemic anti-cancer therapy in the future.

If Mr R’s tumour had been diagnosed and treated back in March 2013, his surgery would have been much less complex and would have been curative. Most likely, Mr R would have avoided developing lung metastasis.

As a result of the negligence, Mr R underwent much more invasive treatment. Unfortunately, his pain and suffering had been prolonged and his life expectancy has consequently been reduced.

We investigated Mr R’s claim and medical negligence solicitor, Kate Lozynska negotiated a settlement for the failure to correctly diagnose and treat Mr R’s renal tumour.

Following admissions of fault by the NHS, Mr R’s case was settled for the sum of £27,500.

Mr R was thankful his case had settled and said, “I would like to reiterate my thanks for the thoughtful and clear advice that you have given to me throughout the process”.

Case Personnel

Kate Lozynska - Case Solicitor

Key case timeline

Injury

Doctors failed to correctly diagnose and treat Mr R's renal tumour. Consequently, his pain and suffering were prolonged and his life expectancy has been reduced.

Outcome

Following admissions of fault by the NHS, Mr R’s case was settled for the sum of £27,500.

Resolution

We investigated Mr R’s claim and negotiated a settlement.

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