Simran and Francesca sign up as AvMA Telephone Helpline Volunteers

Simran and Francesca sign up as AvMA Telephone Helpline Volunteers

Fairweathers Solicitors is hugely supportive of AvMA and the work they do across the UK in campaigning to improve patient safety, reduce medical accidents and ensure access to justice.

We are, therefore, delighted to announce that our Assistant Solicitor Francesca Beach and our Paralegal Simran Deu are now fully trained volunteers for AvMA’s helpline, offering support and advice to callers. This involves a commitment from each of them of 2 hours a month.

Francesca commented:
‘Simran and I are extremely excited about this opportunity and look forward to helping as many people as possible, harnessing our legal and medical knowledge to offer practical solutions and help to callers. It is so important for the public to be able to access dependable, knowledgeable advice to ensure that medical failings don’t go unanswered’.

AvMA’s helpline number is 0845-1232352 or you can visit their website:
https://www.avma.org.uk/help-advice/

£60,000 for Dad’s Delayed Diagnosis of Lung Cancer

£60,000 for Dad’s Delayed Diagnosis of Lung Cancer

9th October 2019 – Our client’s father, Mr O, was investigated by East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust at the end of 2013 because he was not well and coughing up blood. The investigations included x-rays, which unfortunately were not reported as suspicious for malignancy even though there was a clear ill-defined mass on the images.

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£5,500 for a Negligently Performed Tooth Extraction

£5,500 for a Negligently Performed Tooth Extraction

9th September 2019 – Our client, a lady from the South East in her mid-60’s, attended her Dentist in May 2017 after experiencing pain on chewing in her UL4 tooth. She was informed it was cracked, could not be saved and would require removal. She underwent the extraction 2 days later and despite the fact that the UL4 tooth came out in numerous pieces she was reassured by the Dentist that the whole of the tooth had been removed.

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£35,500 for Breast Cancer Diagnosis Mix Up Leading to Unnecessary Surgery

£35,500 for Breast Cancer Diagnosis Mix Up Leading to Unnecessary Surgery

21st August’19 – Our client, Mrs C, aged 47, from Canterbury, brought a clinical negligence claim as a result of being wrongly advised that she had breast cancer in her right breast.

The claim was against East Kent Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust and involved their breast cancer screening unit at the Kent & Canterbury Hospital.

In 2014, our client found lumps in both her right and left breast. She had 4 biopsies -3 of the left breast and 1 of the right breast.

She was informed that 2 of the left breast biopsies were positive for breast cancer and that the right breast biopsy was also positive;

She was advised she would need surgery on both breasts to remove the cancerous tunmours.

She proceeded to a mastectomy of the left breast and a wide local excision
(lumpectomy) on the right breast.

A number of lymph nodes were also tested (sentinel node biopsy) from underneath both the left and right armpits in order to assess the spread of the breast cancer.

Approximately 1 week later, Mrs C returned to hospital in order to be given the results of the lymph node tests following surgery.

She was advised that the results of the left and right breast had been mixed up, due to mislabelling the pots containing the histology samples. The right breast was actually negative for cancer and had been incorrectly confused with the left breast result.

This meant that Mrs C had undergone unnecessary surgery in the form of a
lumpectomy of the right breast leaving her with additional scarring, a lifelong risk of lymphoedema and anxiety and depression requiring EMDR treatment.

A Letter of Claim was sent to the Defendant on behalf of the Claimant.

In response, the Defendant Trust admitted negligence. They confirmed there was a clear mislabelling of the histology sample pots which resulted in the misreporting of the biopsy sample.

Expert evidence was obtained from a Consultant Plastic Surgeon and Consultant Psychiatrist. A full Schedule of Loss was served on the Defendant.

The Defendant put forward an offer of £29,000 in settlement of the claim.
Following negotiations, settlement was achieved in the sum of £35,500.

Kate Kennell, Senior Solicitor who had conduct of the claim commented: “Being diagnosed with breast cancer is traumatic, but to then be told that you never in fact had it, having gone through the pain and anguish of surgery and waiting for results is unbearable and simply appalling. Mistakes like this one should never happen. Hopefully, bringing cases like this forward will help prevent a repeat of the same errors.”

If you or a member of your family believes you have a claim then please do not hesitate to phone us free on 0800 999 5585, request a call back or submit your case details.