£6,000 compensation for delays in treating brain tumour

Compensation of £6,000 was secured for a 21 year-old woman for GP delays in diagnosing and treating her brain tumour six years earlier.

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Case details

Injury details

At the age of 15 the claimant attended her GP practice on six occasions. She was suffering severe headaches and vomiting. The defendants, her GPs, prescribed migraine medication.

Other possible causes were explored. Her tooth brace was removed and she was prescribed glasses but the symptoms remained.

Six months after first attending her GP she began to suffer tremors in her left hand and an involuntary flutter in her eye.

The girl was referred to a consultant paediatrician. Before the appointment was received she collapsed. She was taken to hospital by ambulance. The diagnosis was a large brain tumour and hydrocephalus.

Emergency surgery was carried out to treat the tumour and ease the pressure on her brain. Following the surgery she remained in hospital for several months.

The surgery would likely have taken place at the same time in any event. The misdiagnosis led to symptoms that otherwise could have been controlled with steroids.

The claimant suffered severe headaches, vomiting, tremors in her left hand and fluttering of her eye. She was clumsy, unable to leave the house alone and found difficulty walking and speaking. Her personality was changed markedly.


It was alleged that the defendants, the claimant's GPs, were negligent insofar as they failed refer her for a detailed specialist assessment despite her continued symptoms.

The failure to refer her led to a delay in diagnosing her brain tumour.

During the period of misdiagnosis she suffered significant symptoms and her quality of life was detrimentally affected.

The defendants admitted they should have referred the claimant for specialist opinion but denied this had caused her symptoms.

Conclusion and settlement

Liability was not admitted but compensation agreed to be paid in full.

The matter did not proceed to a Court hearing.

Compensation of £6,000 was accepted by way of an out of Court settlement.

The £6,000 was attributed to "pain, suffering and loss of amenity."

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Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher