I am currently working on a case against the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust which highlights the serious consequences of a failure to properly deal with radiological images (such as x-rays, CT scans or MRI scans).
Negligence has been admitted in respect of the hospital’s failures. Firstly, there was a negligent failure to act upon a CT scan of the patient’s chest taken in October 2012. This scan was reported to show a suspicious nodule in the lung, but nobody in the clinical team acted on this finding. Secondly, the patient went on to have a chest x-ray in December 2012 and this was not reported on at all. As a result, nobody was made aware that it in fact showed rapid disease progression within the lung. It was not until August 2013 that the patient was diagnosed with lung cancer. By this time, it was too late for treatment to have made a difference and she very sadly passed away in the September. I have been instructed by this lady’s devastated family.
In this case, there were not one, but two, failures to properly report and act on radiological investigations. As I’ve demonstrated, the consequences can be very serious for the patient.
Our specialist team deals with many medical negligence claims where x-rays and scans have not been properly interpreted or acted upon. If you or a loved one has experienced something similar, please do not hesitate to contact our team for a no obligation chat.