Shine Lawyers client, Nancy Mules, was awarded the largest damages payout in Queensland’s history last week after her doctor failed to diagnose her with meningitis.
Nancy was awarded $6.7 million in damages after a Cairns GP failed to thoroughly investigate her symptoms leaving her deaf and blind.
“Nancy feels an overwhelming sense of relief and vindication at the decision which brings her long battle to an end,” said Shine Lawyers Solicitor Bill King.
“She has always believed she did everything she could to have her condition correctly diagnosed and treated, and that her GP let her down,” he said.
The payout Nancy received will assist her in accessing adequate support, accommodation and medical treatment that she will require for the rest of her life.
“We hope this outcome will serve as a reminder to all health care providers of their responsibility to do all they reasonably can to exclude the most serious conditions when treating patients,” Mr King said.
“When a patient is exhibiting symptoms of a condition as serious as cryptococcal meningitis, it is essential GPs consider specialist referral to ensure it can be safely excluded.”
This decision will help Nancy move forward, restore her independence and provide her with financial security.
Written by Shine Lawyers on February 7, 2016. Last modified: April 18, 2019.