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When you or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, it is an emotional and traumatic experience for the whole family.  A cancer diagnosis is devastating but if it should have been diagnosed earlier due to negligence, the effects can be life changing. When this occurs, you may be able to seek answers, and apology, and compensation for you and your family. 

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.

Other examples of cancer related negligence include:

What are the most commonly misdiagnosed cancers?

In the UK, the most commonly misdiagnosed cancers are:

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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