We recently were able to settle a claim involving a delayed diagnosis of sinusitis which despite seeking medical attention on numerous occasions left our client with the need to undergo a craniotomy.
Our client a young child, was taken to by her parents for treatment on a multitude of occasions complaining of various symptoms, including an ongoing headache which was not responding to Panadol or Nurofen. By day 22 of the “cold” and with no abating of her symptoms, a CT Scan was finally ordered. And this showed an infection of such verbosity that an urgent and life saving craniotomy was required.
In this case, multiple experts were required to provide opinions, in support of our client’s claim it was put to the defendant’s representatives that there had been a failure on the part of the attending general practitioner to conduct a proper examination, having regard to the symptoms being complained of. While it was acknowledged that the development of the infections was rare that in part was due to the normal course of treatment should have been to have prescribed a standard antibiotic. Had our client been prescribed a 2-week course of antibiotics, she would have unlikely needed any lifesaving surgery.
Thankfully, a settlement was reached at Mediation, ensuring that our client’s future needs will be covered and her future secured.