Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
For a patient to have the best possible chance of beating cancer, early diagnosis is essential. A late diagnosis or misdiagnosis of cancer can have a profound effect on a sufferer’s life expectancy and the level of treatment they will require.
We regularly help the victims of cancer misdiagnosis claim financial compensation, helping them to cover the costs of medical bills and rehabilitation costs, whilst also compensating them for the physical and emotional distress caused by a misdiagnosis. Call us on 0800 014 7481 to find out if you can make a cancer misdiagnosis claim, or fill in our contact form and we will contact you.
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Can I Make a Claim?
If a negligently late diagnosis, or misdiagnosis, of cancer has severely affected your prognosis, it is likely that you will be able to claim financial compensation.
We help victims of a wide variety of cancers claim financial compensation, including:
We often receive enquiries from people wondering if they could claim had a family member's cancer been diagnosed earlier. The answer is that if the family member suffered financially and personally as a consequence of this delay in diagnosis, there is potential to make a claim.
If the person would like you to manage affairs related to the claim, they would first need to sign a form stating they give permission for you to oversee the proceedings and, by taking this route, you would be our point of contact. This means we will contact you when we need to discuss anything related to the claim.
Your relative would still receive any compensation awarded in such a case. However, we may be able to claim on your behalf in order to win back any financial losses you have incurred personally as a result of the cancer diagnosis being made later than it should have been. This can include taking unpaid time off work to provide care or to cover travel expenses.
What is Cancer?
Cancer is a disease that can have very serious consequences for the sufferer, including death. Otherwise known as a malignant tumour, it is comprised of a group of diseases that spread to other parts of the body as a consequence of abnormal cell growth. There are various symptoms of cancer and these include:
- A lump that has suddenly appeared
- Weight loss
- Abnormal bleeding
- Changes in bowel movements
- A sustained cough
What Causes Cancer?
Cancer is caused when normal cells change and grow in a way that cannot be controlled. The disease sees the formation of a tumour as a result of this growth and, unless treated in time, this tumour can spread throughout the body.
Spread via the bloodstream or lymphatic system, the disease affects normal tissue and impacts upon other parts of the body by placing them under increased pressure.
Given the seriousness of the disease, it is essential that cancer is diagnosed quickly and correctly. People should keep an eye out themselves for symptoms to make sure no early vital clues are missed. These early symptoms of cancer usually involve an unexplained change to the body, such as:
- A lump that has appeared suddenly
- Changes to bowel habits
- Blood in the urine
- Unexplained weight loss
The complexity of diagnosis and treatment of cancer inevitably means there is scope for error - and any mistakes made in this regard can have very serious consequences. There are various methods used to diagnose cancer and these include:
- Imaging, such as X-rays and CT scans
- Tissue samples
- Endoscopy (a flexible tube with a camera at the end that can look inside parts of the body)
- Cancer screening
- Blood test and samples
Cancer treatments can come in many forms. Among the most common are:
- Biological therapies
- Bone marrow and stem cell transplants
What Will You Need to Prove?
You and your solicitor will work together to prove that the misdiagnosis, or late diagnosis, of your cancer was directly responsible for an unfavourable outcome, as opposed to being responsible for increasing the likelihood of an unfavourable outcome.
Our solicitors are thoroughly experienced in all aspects of medical negligence and will be on hand to guide you through every stage of the claims process, giving you the best possible chance of securing an appropriate amount of compensation.
Talk to Us
A late diagnosis, or misdiagnosis, of cancer can result in a patient having to undergo more invasive treatments and if the cancer is allowed to develop unchecked, could even prove fatal.
If you believe that your doctor has been negligent and would like free advice on our no win no fee claims service, then just complete our contact form and one of our medical negligence experts will telephone you to discuss your claim. We have solicitors who are on the Law Society’s panel of medical negligence experts so you can rest assured that your claim will be dealt with effectively and professionally. Alternatively, call free on 0800 014 7481.