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Family of Teenage Cancer Girl Start Compensation Claim for Radiation Overdose

The family of a teenage cancer sufferer tragically given an overdose of radiation during her treatment have vowed to continue their compensation claim fight.

Lisa Norris sadly passed away at the age of 16 after battling hard against a brain tumour. Her family believe that her life could have been extended had it not been for a medical error during her treatment. She was given an overdose of radiation that led her to suffer immeasurable pain and suffering. It is thought that the error occurred after a poorly trained junior member of staff made a mistake filling in a form about the patient. This mistake led to her having 19 radiation overdoses, and these doses left Lisa with burns to her head and neck.

An inquest into her death ended yesterday after medical experts successfully argued that a direct link between the overdose and Ms Norris’s death in 2006 could not be proved. Speaking in a television interview however, her father Ken admitted that the family “still believe that the radiation killed her.” The family had previously been given a report which stated that with the correct treatment, Lisa could have lived for approximately a further 5 years. However, after the inquest, the compensation claim the family are making will be based on the fact that the negligent treatment caused Lisa undue pain and suffering before her death.

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