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A man who was repeatedly sent home by doctors while suffering from a brain injury has been awarded a massive £675,000 in compensation.

Alex Rea from Shefford was sent home on eight separate occasions after visiting his doctor’s surgery complaining of headaches and sickness. In addition he was discharged twice from the Accident and Emergency department of Lister Hospital in Stevenage with doctors claiming that his symptoms were nothing more than concussion and a possible ear infection.

It was only when he visited an out-of-hours surgery that the injury was picked up and he was immediately sent to Bedford Hospital for a CT scan. There they discovered that he was suffering from bleeding on the brain and on the following day he attended Addenbrookes Hospital where a hole was drilled into his skull and a blood-clot was removed.

Mr Rea is now registered as partially sighted and has struggled to find employment since the injury, leading to periods of homelessness. He made a claim for compensation from the GPs involved along with the East and North Herts NHS Trust and won. Negligence was admitted on the part of the GP practice, as well as Lister Hospital.

Have you suffered from misdiagnosis?

As human beings we are prone to make occasional mistakes; none of us are perfect and sometimes even doctors can miss an opportunity to make a clear diagnosis. However this case highlights what can go wrong when doctors and medical professionals simply fail to notice what is apparent in front of them. If you or someone you care for has been put at risk by a failure to diagnose a condition, or a diagnosis of an incorrect condition, you could well be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Doctors have a duty to ensure that they provide you with the best care possible; if they are unsure about a diagnosis they have a responsibility to double-check potential outcomes and if needs be refer to another professional. If they fail to do this; and if you are left injured or in danger because of their actions, you are likely to be eligible to make a claim. Our solicitors have years of experience in handling claims of medical negligence and as such are best placed to help you with your enquiry. Contact us today to find out how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.