- Clinical Negligence
Anne is a Solicitor in our Clinical Negligence department.
Anne covers all aspects of Clinical Negligence, including those relating to cauda equina syndrome, birth injuries, cancer diagnosis delays, and cases resulting in fatalities. Her work spans a varied caseload, including matters concerning nursing, surgical, GP and physician error.
She qualified in 2007 and has spent most of that time specialising in Clinical Negligence cases, drawing on her experience as a qualified nurse. Anne joined Ison Harrison in March 2018.
Outside of work Anne enjoys ballet, yoga, and running, although she spends most of her time running around after her two children!
Delayed Diagnosis of Breast Cancer Case Study
Mrs S noticed a lump in her right breast. The area around the lump was visibly indented, as though the lump was pulling the skin in towards her chest. She held off making an appointment because she didn’t believe it would be anything sinister, particularly as she was only 40 years old. The lump remained and Mrs S attended a GP appointment. She explained that she had noticed a lump a few months ago which she and her husband were concerned about.
The GP examined her in the presence of a chaparone. Her arms were by her side and he felt along the bottom of each breast. The examination only took a few seconds.The GP advised her that he was unable to feel the lump and that she had nothing to worry about. He did not ask her to point out the location of the lump. Mrs S was concerned because the right breast was clearly different to the left and the indentation was obvious, but was told that she had nothing to worry about.
7 months went by before she returned, seeing a different GP. The GP referred her to the breast clinic and she received an appointment within 2 weeks. The lump was identified and she underwent a bilateral mammogram and a bilateral ultrasound scan. She received the results of the ultrasound scan immediately. She was informed that they had found a cyst and something else and a biopsy was carried out the same day. She was informed that the lump was a tumour. She required surgery to remove the lump and a lymph node biopsy. She was advised the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes. She required chemotherapy and radiotherapy. She also had a complete mastectomy and reconstruction of her right breast.
Medical expert evidence was obtained from a GP who concluded that the examination carried out by the first GP was unsatisfactory as a result of which there was a 7-month delay in diagnosing the cancer.
Expert evidence was then obtained from a Consultant Surgeon in Breast Disease who concluded that the lump was present at the time of the first GP consultation and was clinically detectable. He concluded that the 7 month delay in diagnosis had not had an effect of the immediate treatment required, but had resulted in an increase to the extent of the surgery required, and a 6 year reduction in life expectancy.
Before the exchange of expert evidence, the Defendant made an offer of £20,000.00. Negotiations commenced and the case was concluded when Mrs S agreed to accept £40,000.00 in full and final settlement of her claim. No admission of liability was received at any point during the claim.