“Student from Sunderland With Brain Tumour Turned Away by Several Doctors And Told She Has Homesickness” Says Asons Solicitors

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Megan Thompson, 20, suffered from terrible migraines and complained of walking problems. Despite several visits to the hospital, it is alleged that medical staff consistently dismissed her, saying she was “stressed or homesick”.

Megan Thompson

Megan Thompson

I began to get the most horrendous headaches and I couldn't walk properly. I couldn't even hold a glass of water in my hand. Every time I went to the doctors they told me I was stressed or partying too hard.

Recent news reports from Sunderland Echo (30/04/2013) and Metro (30/04/2013) highlight a recent story of alleged clinical negligence in the UK. Megan Thompson, a 20-year-old student from Sunderland, repeatedly attended hospital complaining of "horrendous headaches", but medics continued to dismiss her saying she was “stressed or partying too hard" (2) (3). Experts at Asons Solicitors argue that there may be grounds for a clinical negligence claim.

It took medics over two months to diagnose her with a brain tumour as big as a golf ball. A recent statistic from the UK charity Teenage Cancer Trust showed that one in four teenage cancer patients had a similar experience to Megan as they had to visit their GP at least four times before their symptoms were taken seriously or before they were referred to a specialist (1).

Megan, who lives with her mother Sarah and her sister Alice, said: ‘I began to get the most horrendous headaches and I couldn't walk properly. I couldn't even hold a glass of water in my hand. Every time I went to the doctors they told me I was stressed or partying too hard. They just dismissed it and said I was homesick.’ The tumour was then removed two days after the diagnosis, followed by a twelve weeks of chemotherapy and radiotherapy in a bid to rid her body of medulloblastoma.

Asons Solicitors Executive Adriano D’Ambrosio, commented on the report:

“Publicly funded healthcare systems such as NHS provide an excellent service across the UK, looking after an increasing number of patients whilst coping with severe cost-cutting measures. Although medical professionals usually work to a high standard, keeping the stress under control is not always easy. Sometimes simple mistakes made by less experienced doctors as well as system failures lead to a delayed diagnosis or, in the worst scenario, a misdiagnosis. Even so, this is not acceptable as it is their duty to ensure we get better, not worse.”

In October Megan Thompson will begin an oncology course at York University. She said: 'It's so important that people keep an eye out to make sure that they are alive to the signs, because it can save lives.'

Those affected by a delay in diagnosis or treatment for brain tumours should seek legal advice as they could be entitled to cancer misdiagnosis compensation. An experienced solicitor can assist with professional advice whilst arranging a clinical negligence claim.

For further information on pursuing damages for medical malpractice, visit Asons Solicitors at http://www.asons.co.uk, or contact them directly on: 01204 521 133

(1) teenagecancertrust.org/workspace/documents/Teenage-Cancer-Trust-Factsheet-2011.pdf
(2) sunderlandecho.com/news/health/student-with-brain-tumour-sent-home-from-hospital-with-depression-1-4499548
(3) metro.co.uk/2012/04/30/student-megan-thompson-with-brain-tumour-told-she-had-depression-408904/

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About Asons Solicitors:
Asons Solicitors is a Bolton-based law practice that specialises in personal injury and industrial disease claims. Founded by brothers Imran Akram and Kamran Akram, Asons Solicitors has developed to become a young and dynamic law firm that delivers practical solutions to clients in times of difficulty. Their continued focus on their staff has seen them awarded with the Investors in People “Gold Award”; which is reflected in the professional and personable approach they take in working with clients. They strive to grow and to develop, and their supportiveness and attention to detail ensures that their clients use them time and again.

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Email: info (at) asons (dot) co.uk
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