£187,000 for delay in diagnosing Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Our client, a lady from Herne Bay, Kent, now aged 33, presented to her GP in January, and again in May, 2008 with a small but palpable lump to the right side of her neck.

Negligently, the GP failed to refer her and, in consequence, the disease progressed from a likely Stage II/II A to Stage IV by the time it was diagnosed in February 2009.

Subsequently, our client underwent the most gruelling and extensive treatment imaginable and for a considerable period was considered by her treating doctors to be terminally ill.

Thanks to pioneering stem cell treatment at the Royal Free Hospital, however, she is now in remission with a favourable prognosis.

The legal claim on her behalf was stayed a number of times to facilitate treatment.

Beyond this, the Defence admitted breach of duty and progression of the disease from Stage II to Stage IV but argued that this made no difference due to the Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in this particular case being inherently aggressive.

After protracted negotiations a substantially increased offer of £187,000 was accepted by the Claimant earlier this month.

Nick Fairweather who had conduct of the matter commented:-

This was a very difficult and complex case which involved a number of different specialist experts including haematological oncologists. I am pleased that, ultimately, through a great deal of perseverance, an acceptable level of damages was able to be achieved for our client who has been through so much. This will make things easier for her going forward now with her young family. I pay tribute to the incredible bravery and fortitude that she has shown throughout what I think is the most extensive treatment I have ever come across for this condition. Witnessing her coping with all of this, on top of the litigation, was a truly humbling experience. I wish her all the very best for the future”.

Our client commented:-

“I couldn’t thank Nick and his whole team at Fairweathers enough for the outstanding work, dedication and compassion towards me over what would be the worst 6 years of my life! This award they have got for me will help my children and I to make some most amazing memories together that I thought I’d never get. Thank you all so much ”