Colon Cancer Claims
Colon cancer is one of the biggest causes of cancer deaths in the UK. A late or missed diagnosis can mean the difference between life and death for a patient. If you, or a loved one, have been affected by an incidence of medical negligence and this negligence has made the cancer even more difficult to overcome, our solicitors can help you claim the financial compensation you deserve.
Financial compensation doesn’t just compensate you for the pain and suffering caused by another person’s negligence, it can also help you pay medical fees and household bills incurred during a period spent out of work.
We have solicitors who are members of The Law Society’s panel of medical negligence experts, and we will be happy to discuss the details of your colon cancer misdiagnosis claim during a no obligation initial consultation. Simply call free on 0800 014 7481 or complete our online enquiry form and start your claim today.
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Case study: delay in diagnosing bowel cancer causes suffering in mother's final months - £8,500
£8,500 compensation secured by Hospital Negligence after a delay in diagnosing bowel cancer resulted in avoidable suffering for a woman during the last few months of her life.
The delay in diagnosing Linda’s bowel cancer did not cause or contribute to her death, however it meant that she was denied treatment that could have made the last few months of her life considerably less painful and avoided the additional stress, anxiety and upset the delay caused her.
After Linda’s husband Roger contacted the specialist solicitors at Hospital Negligence for advice, we helped him to hold the GPs responsible to account and to secure £8,500 in compensation.
First signs of bowel cancer
Linda first attended her GP practice when she developed a sore tongue and a cough, which she had had for nine weeks. Linda had also noticed she had lost a bit of weight and the first GP she saw arranged for some blood and kidney function tests. A few days later, the test results came back and showed that Linda was very anaemic and had an iron deficiency. Medication was prescribed to Linda to address this.
About a month later, Linda contacted the surgery as she was suffering painful stomach cramps and nausea, which she believed to be due to the iron tablets. As a result she was prescribed a different form of treatment.
A couple of weeks later, Linda was seen by one of the surgery’s GPs as she was suffering from severe upper abdominal pain and heartburn. The doctor prescribed some medication for gastric reflux and told Linda to come back if her symptoms worsened or continued. No further investigations were ordered.
Severe deterioration in health
Just over two weeks later, Linda’s symptoms took a turn for the worse and she had now lost 1.5 stones in weight. She returned to the surgery and was seen by a nurse who made an urgent appointment for her with a doctor the following day. The GP referred Linda to hospital for an endoscopy and she was told nothing further could be done until the results were known.
The following day Linda was in agony with stomach pains that were so unbearable she took herself to A&E. Blood tests and X-Ray were carried out but showed nothing of note, so Linda was discharged and told to revisit her GP for a follow-up.
Two days later, Linda continued to suffer severe abdominal pain that was so severe she was unable to go to work. This was very out of character for Linda. She returned to her GP with worsening pain, significant lack of appetite and loud, painful gurgling in her stomach.
Delays in receiving results
After a further two days, Linda was in such severe pain that her family was on the brink of calling an ambulance. She went to the surgery and was seen by a different GP, who advised her to continue taking pain relief. On both occasions the doctors decided to await the results of the endoscopy, which had still not been carried out and Linda was still awaiting an appointment.
A further hospital admission followed and Linda continued to deteriorate until she eventually had investigations that revealed a large tumour on her bowel. The cancer had also spread to her right ovary and lymph nodes. Linda underwent surgery and chemotherapy, but she could not be cured of the cancer and she later sadly died.
Securing compensation for the suffering caused
Although nothing could make up for the suffering Linda and her husband Roger endured due to the delay in diagnosing her cancer - which meant it went untreated for months - Hospital Negligence was able to highlight the errors to the GP surgery, which concerned the failure to arrange adequate investigations and diagnose the cancer in good time. This meant that hopefully other patients would be treated with greater urgency and Roger was also awarded £8,500 in compensation.
Making a Claim
If it can be proven that an incidence of medical negligence - be it a misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis or any other form of negligent behaviour - negatively affected your likelihood of surviving colon cancer, it is highly likely that you will be eligible to make a claim for financial compensation.
Our solicitors will work closely with you to establish the facts of your case and will be with you at every stage of the claims process to provide legal advice, support and represent your interests.
Colon Cancer: Risk Factors
The following may be considered risk factors and may increase a person's chances of developing cancer of the colon:
- Colon cancer is more likely to occur in people over the age of 50, however it can occur at any age
- Diets that are high in fat and calories and low in fibre are recognised risks
- Polyps, which are benign growths on the inner wall of the colon, increase a person's risk of developing cancer
- An inherited condition called familial polyposis, which causes hundreds of polyps to form in the colon will, unless treated, almost certainly to lead to cancer
- Women with a history of cancer of the ovary, uterus, or breast have an increased chance of developing cancer of the colon
- Parents, siblings and children of a person who has had cancer of the colon are at increased risk of developing this type of cancer
- Ulcerative colitis, which is a condition in which the lining of the colon becomes inflamed, increases risk
If you are at all concerned about your chances of developing colon cancer, speak to your doctor immediately.
The symptoms of colon cancer can be very subtle, and may develop over a long period of time, making sufferers of the disease even more likely to become victims of delayed or missed diagnosis. The common warning signs are:
- Severe abdominal pain
- Changes in bowel movements, such as diarrhoea or constipation
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we urge you to contact your doctor as soon as possible.
Talk to Us
If you believe that a medical professional has been negligent and you would like free advice on our no win no fee compensation claim service, then just complete our contact form and one of our medical negligence experts will telephone you with no obligation. We have highly experienced solicitors who are on the Law Society’s panel of medical negligence experts, so you can be assured that your case will be handled professionally and sensitively.
Alternatively, call free on 0800 014 7481.