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14 September 2010 / personal-injury-news
A former clergyman has won compensation after the diagnosis of his tumour was severely delayed by a Nottingham hospital. Adrian Underwood, 42, was left disabled after his undiagnosed brain tumour grew to the size of a ‘large lemon’.
He has now won undisclosed compensation from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. Mr Underwood, from Selly Oak, Birmingham, had moved to Nottingham to further his theological studies when he began to suffer headaches and weakness on his left side. In July 2000, he was referred to Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre by his GP where he was told by a consultant that he was suffering from migraines.
When his health and vision became worse in December 2004, Mr Underwood referred himself to the Birmingham Eye Hospital, where doctors found a brain tumour the size of a large lemon. He then underwent emergency surgery to remove the tumour and part of his skull at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, but subsequently developed an infection and experienced a seizure, which reduced his mobility.
Guy Forster, Mr Underwood’s solicitor, said that if the tumour had been treated in 2001 then he would have been likely to have made a full recovery. He said: "Due to the fundamental failure by the consultant to review the findings of the CT scan, the tumour went undiagnosed for four years, wrecking Adrian's ambitions and putting huge stress and strain on his loved ones.”
Medical director at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Dr Stephen Fowlie, said: "The delay in diagnosis and treatment of Mr Underwood's condition should not have occurred.
"We appreciate the distress and anxiety we have caused Mr Underwood and his family. We hope that the compensation agreed will provide Mr Underwood some security for his future."
If you would like to find out more about making a brain injury claim, call the National Accident Helpline or claim online today.
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