Doctors Fail To Give Girl Vital Cancer Diagnosis


As medical negligence specialists, Devonshires Claims were shocked to hear about the tragic case of 15-year-old Olivia Maunder, whose doctors failed to make a potentially life-saving cancer diagnosis. Instead, it was suggested she try mindfulness to treat her pain.


Olivia’s family have instructed us to bring a cancer misdiagnosis claim against the hospital.

The case highlights the devastating consequences that can result when medical professionals fail to make an accurate and timely cancer diagnosis. In this case, Olivia’s doctors did not conduct appropriate tests.

What Happened

The importance of an accurate cancer diagnosis

Medical negligence claims are brought when a medical professional or healthcare provider fails in their duty of care towards a patient, resulting in injury, illness, or death.

Jeanette Van-Cauter, a specialist medical negligence lawyer at Devonshires Claims, said: “Olivia is one of the bravest young people I have met, and her story is one of the most tragic.

“This is unacceptable. I believe that those responsible should be held to account.”

It is essential that medical professionals take the necessary steps to diagnose and treat a patient’s condition promptly and effectively. A failed or delayed cancer diagnosis can have serious consequences, and may result in a medical negligence claim being brought against them.

The impact of a missed cancer diagnosis claim

At Devonshires Claims, we understand the impact a negligent medical diagnosis can have on patients and their families.

Our team of specialist medical negligence solicitors are experienced in handling complex cases such as this one and will work to ensure that clients receive the compensation they deserve.

However, it is important to note that negligence claims are not just about compensation. They also help ensure that lessons are learned from mistakes, and that changes are made to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.

In this case, there were clear failings in the care provided. Had appropriate tests been carried out, Olivia’s cancer would have been diagnosed much earlier. Instead, her family are left to deal with the terrible consequences.

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