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Widow Resolves Claim for the Misdiagnosis of Bowel Cancer

Posted on: June 3rd, 2014 by Medical Negligence

A widow is to receive £50.000 in compensation for the death of her husband after her claim for the misdiagnosis of bowel cancer was resolved at a court hearing.

Christopher Goodhead from Burton-upon-Trent in Staffordshire died in 2009 aged 41, four years after his GP had misdiagnosed his bowel cancer as piles. It was two years later that his condition was correctly diagnosed, by which time the cancer was terminal and nothing could be done to save Christopher´s life.

Christopher´s widow – Melissa Cutting – made a compensation claim for the misdiagnosis of bowel cancer against the GP who had misdiagnosed her husband´s condition – Dr Asim Islam of the Stanstead Surgery in Essex – alleging that a correct diagnosis in 2005 would have enabled Christopher to receive treatment that would have saved his life.

Dr Islam contested the claim, arguing that Christopher would have died “on exactly the same day or not significantly later” had he been referred for specialist treatment on the date of his first consultation. However, Melissa´s legal representatives claimed that Christopher´s exceptional fitness would have given him a good chance of survival had the cancer been identified years earlier.

The claim for the misdiagnosis of bowel cancer went to the Royal Courts of Justice, where it was heard by Mrs Justice Patterson. After hearing evidence from medical experts representing both parties, the judge ruled that Dr Islam´s failure to diagnose Christopher correctly had cut short his life, but found that he would have died from the cancer regardless of when it was diagnosed.

Stating that Dr Islam´s sub-standard care had deprived Christopher of four more months of life, Mrs Justice Patterson awarded Melissa £50,000 compensation for the misdiagnosis of bowel cancer.