Medical negligence compensation win after tumour missed

By Gillian Crotty

A man has won a five figure sum of medical negligence compensation after radiologists contracted by the NHS failed to spot a 20cm long tumour on his kidney.

Philip Sinitsky of Ilford was referred to Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone in 2006 as a result of neck and back pain and discomfort in his calves. He was sent for an MRI scan on his spine by the Orthopaedic consultant, and this was outsourced to an external private provider 'Alliance Medical Limited'. The scan was carried out and passed on to Consultant Radiologists at 'Expert Eye Limited' in Edinburgh. The radiologists found no abnormalities.

Mr Sinitsky continued to suffer back and neck pain and in 2007 he was once again referred to an orthopaedic specialist at Whips Cross Hospital. A further MRI scan was carried out and Mr Sinitsky was called in for an urgent appointment, where he was told that the scan revealed a 20cm long tumour in one of his kidneys. The tumour had spread extensively and in March 2008 Mr Sinitsky underwent surgery to remove his kidney, lymph nodes, and adrenal grands.

Mr Sinitsky made a formal complaint to Whipps Cross Hospital NHS Trust. He says he blames the private companies who missed the tumour, and not the NHS. In June 2011 the NHS admitted liability for the negligent medical care received by Mr Sinitsky and he was awarded an undisclosed amount of compensation.

If you have suffered injury or loss as a result of negligent medical care in Northern Ireland, contact one of the clinical negligence solicitors at Wilson Nesbitt in Belfast to discuss your compensation options by calling 0800 840 9289.