Medical Negligence News

Undisclosed Settlement of Compensation for the Misdiagnosis of Stomach Cancer

Posted on: December 3rd, 2011 by Medical Negligence

A woman who needlessly underwent surgery to remove a benign tumour is to receive compensation for the misdiagnosis of stomach cancer.

The unnamed seventy-four year old woman from Rugeley in Staffordshire needlessly underwent surgery in 2004 to have her stomach removed after she was told by doctors that a tumour in her stomach was malignant.

As a result of her surgery, the woman suffers from painful digestive problems which dissuade her from eating and consequently she has lost a significant amount of weight and is now frail. She has been unable to continue the voluntary work she did previously and requires regular care and assistance.

After discovering that the tumour in her stomach was benign, the woman made a claim for compensation for the misdiagnosis of stomach cancer – alleging that she had suffered an emotional shock when she was first told she had a malignant tumour, and that she had suffered a deterioration in her quality of life due to the unnecessary surgery.

After an investigation into the woman´s claims, the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust acknowledged that errors had been made in her treatment, and made an offer of compensation for the misdiagnosis of stomach cancer. The offer was accepted, and the woman will now be able to receive a higher level of care in the future and get support to help her recover from her emotional ordeal.