In August 2008, one of our clients (aged 25) was referred by his GP to the urology department at Cheltenham General Hospital as he was complaining of a lump on his right testicle and testicular pain. He was seen by one of the doctors who suspected that this was caused by an infection. He gave him some antibiotics to take and made no arrangement to see him again. No ultrasound was arranged.

Unfortunately, our client’s lump did not resolve and it was only in December 2008 that his GP arranged for him to have an ultrasound. This revealed a testicular tumour. He then had to undergo surgery and underwent two cycles of chemotherapy to reduce the risk of recurrence. Although the surgery could not have been avoided, it was our case that with an earlier diagnosis, it would not have been necessary for him to have any chemotherapy.

The Hospital Trust made no admissions in this case and initially offered to settle his claim for the sum of £3,000. This offer was rejected and after threatening to issue proceedings, they increased their offer to a more reasonable amount.

S. J. Edney solicitors obtained compensation of £19,000 for this client in 2011