Case Studies

No Win, No Fee

Undiagnosed cancer – young boy loses father due to repeated failures on the NHS

A four year old boy has lost his father due to cancer that had gone undiagnosed by the Healthcare Trust on a number of occasions over several years.

 

His father was sadly only 24 years old when he passed away following years of suffering from Ewings Sarcoma, a form of cancer that is known to affect the pelvis and femur in people who are most commonly in their teenage years or early twenties.

 

He began suffering from groin and hip pain whilst he was in his final year at high school.  He attended the Healthcare Trust on a number of occasions between 2003 and 2007 and had a number of tests conducted, none of which were conclusive. Instead of further investigations being carried out, the doctors at the Healthcare Trust thought that it must have been Deep Vein Thrombosis that was causing the pain and prescribed the blood thinning drug Warfarin.

 

Over the years the pain became worse and more constant, eventually leading to him being able to stand or walk without pain. In 2005 it was noted that a biopsy should be performed to investigate whether what was assumed were blood clots were actually cancerous tumours. However, when he attended the hospital he was told there was no need to carry out the biopsy as his condition was improving, despite him not feeling as though he was getting better.

 

By the time he received the correct diagnosis in February 2007 he had a large tumour that had destroyed much of the bone and soft tissue in his right hip and the cancer had spread to his lungs. Despite undergoing 6 cycles of chemotherapy he sadly passed away in July 2009, leaving behind his 4 year old son.

 

Axiclaim’s Solicitors were contacted and became involved prior to the death to investigate the claim in negligence on his behalf. Following his tragic passing, Axiclaim’s Solicitors continued the claim on behalf of the Deceased’s young son via his grandfather. An award of compensation in the sum of £265,000 was recovered for the young son to assist in providing for his future.

 

This is another example of delays in cancer diagnosis shattering the lives of a family. At least with the help of Axiclaim, a financial future was preserved for the family.

 

Read more on cancer claims here.