Cancer – misdiagnosed or delayed diagnosis cancer claims

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Our dedicated clinical negligence team have successfully dealt with numerous clinical negligence claims arising from delayed diagnosis of cancer or a misdiagnosis of cancer. Contact one of our specialist medical negligence  lawyers for a free initial consultation to find out if we can investigate our case with the financial security of a ‘no win no fee’ agreement.

When can you claim compensation for delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of cancer?

A diagnosis of cancer is devastating for both patient and family. Delayed diagnosis, misdiagnosis and mistakes in the treatment of cancer add to this distress as they have implications for life expectancy, affect the treatment options available and cause or aggravate the psychological impact.

There are many circumstances where a compensation claim can be brought, including:

  • Misdiagnosis of cancer
  • Delayed diagnosis of cancer
  • Misinterpretation of scans or imaging
  • Failure to spot cancer symptoms
  • Failure to investigate cancer symptoms adequately
  • Failure to treat cancer adequately or quickly enough
  • Cancer claims can be brought against both hospital clinicians and GPs
  • You can also bring a cancer claim on behalf of a child or a family member who has died of cancer.

What is involved in proving medical negligence in cancer cases?

Proving the error in cancer cases is often relatively straightforward. Proving the difference earlier diagnosis would have made is more complicated. The following factors are particularly relevant:

  • The type of cancer involved
  • The stage the cancer was at when the error was made
  • The point when the tumour changed from benign to malignant.

Resolving these issues can be difficult for even the most experienced oncologists and we have the experience needed, and access to the best medical experts, to maximise the chances of securing compensation, if it is shown that medical negligence has occurred.

How can compensation help with delayed or misdiagnosed cancer?

Our lawyers at Thomson Snell & Passmore work to ensure you get a settlement that covers your care requirements, such as medical treatment, rehabilitation, loss of earnings, and other expenses. We aim to secure funds efficiently for immediate care needs and can obtain early interim compensation payments if liability is accepted. Compensation for cancer misdiagnosis is calculated based on the impact of the illness, with a higher amounts being awarded for late-stage diagnoses especially if more invasive or lengthy treatment is required. Settlements can also provide financial security for families in the event of terminal illness.

What will happen when I make a cancer misdiagnosis claim?

After contacting Thomson Snell & Passmore we will arrange a free initial consultation to discuss whether there is a legal claim and what funding options are available. We usually act on a ‘no win no fee’ agreement.

We will undertake a forensic investigation into what has happened, using your account of events, and your medical records. Medical experts (often oncologists and radiologists) may be involved at an early stage to consider the treatment and management you received, and to advise us on the standards of care that should have been provided, and the outcome that would have been achieved with appropriate treatment. Following this initial investigation we can then advise you on the strength of your case, and give detailed advice on the next steps, which usually starts with preparing a formal letter of allegations to the relevant defendant.

How our clinical negligence solicitors can help with a cancer misdiagnosis compensation claim

We have one of the longest established and experienced clinical negligence teams in the country. Our medical negligence lawyers have a reputation for winning complex medical negligence cases and we have helped thousands of people claim compensation. The size of our clinical negligence team, and our breadth of our knowledge, means we are likely to have already succeeded in recovering compensation for a cancer misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis claim that is similar in nature to yours.

Our overriding aim is to protect your interests and achieve the most advantageous outcome for the long term

  • We will make sure your case is fully investigated
  • We will focus on your individual requirements. Giving a personal service and acting with sensitivity are important to us
  • We will create a team of specialist independent medical experts and a barrister with expertise in dealing with cases similar to your case
  • We will make things as easy as possible and guide you through each stage of the process
  • We can help you find out why the treatment in hospital failed you and ensure that the same thing does not happen to somebody else.

We have expertise in dealing with claims relating misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of many types of cancer claims including:

  • Mesothelioma (resulting from exposure to asbestos)
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Sarcoma
  • Lung cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Rectal cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Bowel cancer.

Our accreditations

Our team has long been recognised and highly ranked by two of the most prestigious, independent guides to the legal profession ‘Chambers UK’ and ‘The Legal 500’.

We are also members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and affiliated to Action against Medical Accidents.

A number of your team members have individual accreditations and recognition in the legal directories which you can view on their profiles.

Free initial consultation

Contact one of our team of specialist lawyers for a free, no obligation consultation. We will listen to the circumstances of your medical treatment and give you clear advice on the chances of your receiving compensation in a clinical negligence claim. If we think you have a claim, we can investigate your case using the financial security of a ‘no win no fee’ agreement.

Call us or fill in our short enquiry form and we will assess your potential claim.

We are highly ranked by two of the most prestigious, independent guides to the legal profession ‘Chambers UK’ and ‘The Legal 500’.

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