Our client, Mr L, underwent a sigmoidoscopy where polyps were found. He should have had a
further colonoscopy to investigate whether any further polyps were present. In addition, because
the findings were potentially sinister, there should have been arrangements to monitor him
regularly. However, no follow up took place.
A few years later Mr L became very ill. Investigations showed that the polyps had become cancerous
and he required an extensive bowel operation which included a colostomy bag.
We obtained independent evidence that he would have had undiscovered polyps at the time of the
original sigmoidoscopy and that these would have been benign. They could have been removed
quite simply and he would have been spared the major operation and the colostomy.
We achieved a settlement of £175,000 in this case