£220,000 awarded for delayed bladder cancer diagnosis
Bladder cancer compensation of £220,000 was awarded to a 58 year-old man for a delay in diagnosing bladder cancer leading to radical surgery and chemotherapy that would have been unnecessary otherwise.
The claimant began to experience problems passing water and blood in his urine. He attended accident and emergency being diagnosed with haematuria, a kidney condition.
A letter was sent by A&E instructing his GP to refer the man to a urologist. The GP failed to carry out the referral or advise the claimant.
The symptoms continued for a year. After this time the man returned to A&E complaining of haematuria again. A diagnosis of a urinary tract infection was made.
The hospital again referred the findings to his GP, the defendant.
A month later the claimant was referred to a urologist. A cancerous tumour on his bladder was found.
Treatment commenced, including systemic chemotherapy. Eight months later surgery to remove his bladder, prostate and urethra was carried out.
Following treatment the man was confined to a wheelchair for six weeks. He had pain in his feet and could only walk short distances with sticks. His hearing was reduced. He suffered a lack of sensation and hypersensitivity from the chemotherapy. He also had to wear a stoma bag after his cystectomy.
The claimant was at risk of dying prematurely and his life expectancy was reduced.
It was alleged the GP was negligent insofar as he failed to refer the claimant to an urologist.
The failure to refer the man to a suitable consultant delayed diagnosis and treatment of his bladder cancer.
The radical surgery and chemotherapy would not have been necessary had the referral been made.
It was alleged by the defendant that the claimant had ignored a recommendation to attend a GP from the A&E department.
Conclusion and settlement
Lliability was admitted and compensation of £220,000 was accepted by way of out of Court settlement.
£80,000 of the damages was attributed to "pain, suffering and loss of amenity."
Past care and assistance was awarded in the sum of £40,000.
£100,000 was allocated to future care and assistance as well as equipment and accommodation costs.