Cancer Misdiagnosis Compensation Claims

If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a cancer misdiagnosis, we can help.

If your injuries were caused by the negligence of a doctor, nurse, midwife or other medical professional, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

Claiming injury compensation with a solicitor

You can make a compensation claim with the help and support of a specialist clinical negligence solicitor.

Your solicitor will ask you about what happened, and they will collect evidence to prove the negligence happened. Your solicitor will also work out how much money you can claim, based on your injuries, lost earnings and other expenses.

We can help you make a medical negligence claim on a No Win No Fee basis.

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Introduction

According to Cancer Research UK, there are around 367,000 new cancer diagnoses each year. Over half (53%) of these were skin, breast or prostate cancers.

Rates of cancer diagnosis have increased by 5% in the last decade.

It is important that cancers are detected as early and as accurately as possible to give patients the best chance of recovery. If a cancer is misdiagnosed it may result in wrong or delayed treatment, with potentially severe consequences.

Only a quarter of cases are diagnosed at the earliest stage, Stage 1.

What is cancer misdiagnosis?

Many illnesses present with similar clinical features to cancer in the early stages, and it may be difficult to determine the cause of a patient's symptoms.

Medical professionals should use differential diagnostic procedures to identify the patient's condition and eliminate potentially life-threatening conditions.

A medical professional, such as a GP, may fail to recognise that his or her patient's symptoms potentially indicate that cancer is a possible diagnosis. The GP may fail to carry out appropriate tests or consult with specialists to investigate the condition further. As a result, they may mistakenly provide an incorrect diagnosis for the patient's illness. This is referred to as clinical negligence.

Even where tests have been carried out, faulty lab equipment or human error may result in inaccurate reports from the laboratory or clinic.

A cancer misdiagnosis may lead to incorrect or delayed treatment, and the subsequent and avoidable worsening of the patient's condition.

In extreme case, the error may be discovered too late to offer effective treatment.

Do I need a diagnosis to make a cancer misdiagnosis claim?

If you have been injured and are awaiting the results, you should still seek legal advice as soon as possible. The sooner you start a cancer misdiagnosis claim after an accident, the more likely your claim is to succeed.

Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor