The Plaintiff sued his ENT Consultant for negligent and pro-longed delay in failure to diagnose a nasal tumour which over time extended into the frontal lobe cavity. Over a period of 4 years the Plaintiff attended his onsultant who diagnosed intranasal polyps and carried out a polypectomy and ethmoidectomy to enlarge the Plaintiff’s nasal cavity.
Unfortunately, the Defendant misdiagnosed the Plaintiff’s condition as recurrent polyps when in fact he was suffering from a recurrent tumour. At an early stage, maxillectomy surgery should have been carried out. Unfortunately, the delay in diagnosis allowed the tumour to develop extensively into the interior frontal lobe of the brain. This necessitated, the Plaintiff travelling to New York for extensive maxillofacial surgery which otherwise would not have been necessary had an earlier diagnosis been made.
The Plaintiff eventually underwent a craniotomy to excise the tumour and disease tissue from inside the skull resulting in the insertion of titanium plates to replace the excised bones. Fortunately, the Plaintiff through the expert treatment in the US had a good outcome. The case settled for €175,000.00 plus costs on the day the hearing was due to begin.
- Gillian O'Connor, Consultant Solicitor
10 November 2014