What mistakes lead to cancer negligence claims?
A medical professional treating you owes you a duty of care to prevent harm being suffered by you.
There are many different mistakes that may be made, which could lead to a “breach of duty of care” by a medical professional. To prove that negligence has occurred, it would need to be shown that the breach of duty of care caused you harm, that was otherwise avoidable.
Cases often involve a patient seeing their GP because they are worried about their symptoms, but the GP then fails to recognise that their symptom or collective symptoms are indicative of cancer, and an onward referral to an appropriate specialist is not made. This can lead to delays in diagnosis and treatment.
If you suspect that you have symptoms of any form of cancer, you should see you GP. If the GP is concerned, you should be referred to the appropriate specialist, and seen within two weeks.
What are the most commonly misdiagnosed cancers?
In the UK, the most commonly misdiagnosed cancers are:
Colorectal (or Bowel) Cancer
Failure to diagnose or properly treat bowel cancer can have life changing effects for you and your family. Our experienced bowel cancer lawyers can help you make a compensation claim and get answers about what went wrong.
If your testicular or prostate cancer has been misdiagnosed or there has been a delay in treatment, you may be able to claim compensation due to the doctors’ negligent care. We can help you or your loved one understand what went wrong.
Delayed or misdiagnosed bladder cancer can have a devastating effect on your life and your family. Our experienced bladder cancer lawyers can help get answers to what went wrong during your treatment and obtain compensation.
A diagnosis of lung cancer is devastating but if it could have been detected and treated earlier due to negligence, the effects can be life changing, should result in compensation and the clinicians held responsible.
We are specialists in cases of delayed or misdiagnosis of female cancers including breast, cervical and ovarian cancers.
After receiving a diagnosis of cancer, the treatment options available and the thought of undergoing treatment can feel overwhelming and confusing. Our experienced cancer team can help you access specialists for treatment advice as part of a claim.
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How we can help:
Your claim is about you and the impact that the missed or delayed diagnosis has made to your life and your family, we are here to listen to your concerns so we can fight your corner and use our expert knowledge to help you to bring your claim for compensation.
We have many years’ experience with cancer negligence claim; common types of cancer cases we deal with include:
If you have a loved one who has passed a way as a result of cancer, and you believe there may have been some negligence on behalf of their treating doctors, you may still be entitled to compensation. Our lawyers understand the trauma to a family when a loved one is lost and we will do everything we can to help you, with care and sensitivity.
Delayed cancer diagnosis and Covid 19
The suspension of cancer screening or treatment may not necessarily give rise to a claim for damages during the Covid-19 pandemic. However, if you or a loved one have concerns that signs or symptoms have been missed, treatment has been delayed unnecessarily, or NHS guidance regarding prioritisation and delivery of treatment has been misapplied, then speak to us and we will try to find a way through with you.
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