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Widow handed £50k compensation after court claim

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 20, 2014

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THE widow of a Burton man who died of cancer five years ago has won a £50,000 payout after a top judge ruled his doctor’s ‘sub-standard’ care deprived him of four more months of life.

IT expert Christopher Goodhead, who grew up in the town, was only 41 when he succumbed to bowel cancer, leaving behind his wife, Melissa, and their four young sons.

In a High Court claim, his widow, now called Melissa Cutting and living in, Suffolk, argued that a delayed diagnosis prevented him getting treatment which would have saved his life.

And, although he rejected the claim that Mr Goodhead could have been saved, the judge, Justice Patterson, has now ruled that his GP’s failings stopped him receiving timely treatment.

“The consequence of that omission was that such treatment, on the balance of probability, would have extended Mr Goodhead’s life by a period of some four months until May 2009,” said the judge.

The High Court had heard that Mr Goodhead was very fit and determined and had recently completed the London Marathon when he was diagnosed with the disease in 2007. Mrs Cutting claimed £1.25 million in damages at the trial, but since the judge found that her husband would have died whatever happened.

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