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Family’s of Lung Cancer Victim’s Misdiagnosis Compensation Claim Settled Out of Court

April 29, 2013

The family of a man, who died from cancer two years after being diagnosed with a serious chest infection, have settled their lung cancer victim’s misdiagnosis compensation claim against Coventry University Hospital.

Frank Golby from Whoberley in Coventry passed away the day after receiving a correct diagnosis of lung cancer – twenty-one months after first going to Coventry University Hospital complaining of a persistent cough and undergoing a CT scan.

The CT scan in May 2010 had uncovered a 1cm-wide nodule on his left lung, but doctors had overlooked it and, rather than review the scan when Frank again attended the hospital complaining of breathing problems and anaemia, another chest x-ray was not conducted until February 2012.

After seeking legal guidance, Frank´s family made a lung cancer victim’s misdiagnosis claim against University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust; claiming that had the hospital properly identified the growth on Frank´s lung at the time of the original scan, he would have received medical treatment that could have extended his life by ten years.

After an investigation into the events surrounding Frank´s misdiagnosis, the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust acknowledged their liability for the mistake and an apology was issued to his (Frank´s) family. An undisclosed five-figure settlement was agreed between solicitors representing the family and the hospital in respect of the lung cancer victim’s misdiagnosis compensation claim.

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