The family of a deceased husband and father have been awarded an undisclosed settlement of lung cancer diagnosis mistake compensation.
Frank Golby from Coventry had been referred by his GP to Coventry University Hospital in May 2010 for a CT scan after visiting with a persistent cough. The scan performed showed a 1cm-wide nodule present on his left lung, but doctors missed the indications of a deadly tumour and Frank was diagnosed with a chest infection.
Frank went back to the hospital on several occasions as he was suffering due to breathing problems and anaemia, but the 2010 scan was never reviewed. It was only when a chest x-ray on 17th February 2012 showed that that the tumour on his lung had enlarged to five times its original size that the proper diagnosis was made; but it was too late for Frank – who passed away the next day, aged 65.
Frank´s family took legal advice and filed made a for lung cancer diagnosis mistake compensation on the grounds that, had the nodule been correctly identified in 2010 at a stage when the cancer was treatable, Frank would have lived for at least a further ten years.
After a review of the negligent treatment Frank had received, his wife, son, daughter and two grandchildren were offered an apology by the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and an undisclosed five-figure settlement of lung cancer diagnosis mistake compensation was agreed between the Trust and solicitors representing Frank´s family.
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