A family grieving the death of a husband and father have been awarded an undisclosed settlement of an incorrect diagnosis of lung cancer claim.
Mr Frank Golby from Whoberley in Coventry had been sent to Coventry University Hospital in May 2010 to have a CT scan after going to his family doctor with troubling cough. The CT scan showed a 1cm-wide nodule on his left lung, but doctors did not notice the signs of a deadly tumour and Frank was diagnosed with a chest infection.
Frank went back to the hospital in Coventry several times complaining of breathing problems and anaemia, but the original scan from 2010 was never reviewed. Finally when a chest x-ray on 17th February revealed that that the tumour on his lung had grown to five times its original size the correct diagnosis was made; but it was too late for Frank – who passed away the following day, at the age of 65.
His surviving family members sought legal advice and began a claim for the incorrect diagnosis of lung cancer alleging that, had the nodule been correctly identified in 2010 at a stage when the cancer was treatable, Frank would have lived for at least another ten years.
In the aftermath of a review of the negligent treatment Frank had received, his wife, son, daughter and two grandchildren were given an apology by the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and an undisclosed five-figure settlement of compensation for the incorrect diagnosis of lung cancer claim was agreed between the Trust and solicitors representing Frank´s family.