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Cancer Misdiagnosis Compensation Claim - Mrs Appleton's Story

Mrs Appleton had a kidney removed as a result of a misdiagnosis at Stafford General Hospital. Her kidney was removed unnecessarily after being told in April 2004 that she had cancer in her kidney and that an operation would be necessary to remove the kidney and her urethra.

It took the hospital three weeks from the operation to discover that Mrs Appleton did not in fact have cancer and that the lump found was just a kidney stone.

Mrs Appleton, from Rugeley, sought legal advice from us and we made a case against the hospital trust, maintaining that a simple further investigation by the hospital would have revealed the true cause of the problem. We also highlighted that had this taken place, Mrs Appleton would not have had to go through the trauma of being told that she had cancer followed by an extensive operation. As a result, Stafford General Hospital admitted full liability and awarded Mrs Appleton £33,650.00 in damages for their medical negligence.

Mrs Appleton was not initially aware of the extent of possible recourse until she consulted us. She explained: "We were advised by friends to get advice from a solicitor. Although we went through a period of great anxiety about the wrong diagnosis and treatment, we are pleased that our solicitors provided us with the specialist medical negligence advice we needed. Without their expertise, we may well have lost out."

Her solicitor, Kashmir Uppal, commented: "Mrs Appleton is one of many who have benefited from our medical negligence expertise. In recent years we have seen increasing numbers of cases of this type and we have been very successful in securing substantial damages."

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