The family of a man, who died from cancer two years after being incorrectly diagnosed with a chest infection, have settled their family cancer misdiagnosis compensation claim against Coventry University Hospital.
Frank Golby from Whoberley in Coventry passed away just a single day after receiving a correct diagnosis of lung cancer – almost two years after first attending Coventry University Hospital complaining of a persistent cough and undergoing a CT scan.
The scan in May 2010 had detected a 1cm-wide nodule on his left lung, but doctors had overlooked this and, instead of reviewing the scan when Frank again attended the hospital complaining of breathing problems and anaemia, another chest x-ray was not completed until February 2012.
Having soughtlegal advice, Frank´s grieving family made a family cancer misdiagnosis compensation claim against University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust; alleging that had the hospital correctly identified the growth on Frank´s lung at the time of the original scan, he would have received treatment that could have extended his life by ten years.
After an investigation into the circumstances of Frank´s misdiagnosis, the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust acknowledged their liability for the error and an apology was issued to Frank´s family. An undisclosed five-figure settlement was agreed between solicitors representing the family and the hospital in respect of the family cancer misdiagnosis compensation claim.