Cancer is, unfortunately, a fairly common disease with around 1 in 3 people thought to suffer from it at some point during their lives. That’s means around 298,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with cancer every year. Receiving a cancer diagnosis is always shocking and stressful, but patients naturally expect to receive high quality care throughout their treatment. Luckily, the majority of patients experience good cancer care but sadly medical negligence does occur.
Cancer Negligence Claims – common causes
Amongst the ways in which cases of cancer can lead to medical negligence claims are:
• A failure to diagnose cancer following tests, leading to a delay in the patient starting treatment.
• A diagnosis of cancer when the patient doesn’t actually have cancer.
• Symptoms that could be a result of cancer being dismissed as something else, meaning the patient doesn’t receive necessary tests.
• A delay in cancer diagnosis due to symptoms being related to other illnesses instead.
• A failure to inform a patient of the risks of a procedure or misinforming them of their prognosis.
• A failure to properly examine a patient who is suspected of having cancer, or a failure to monitor a patient considered to be at high risk from the disease.
• Improper methods or procedures being used when carrying out tests (such as biopsies), which leads to either misdiagnosis or the cancer being missed.
Early diagnosis of cancer is extremely important, as diagnosing the disease early on and treating it as soon as possible can massively increase a patient’s chance of survival. However, the more advanced the disease is when it is diagnosed, the harder patients find it to recover. This means that if you or someone close to you has been misdiagnosed, or a cancer has been missed due to negligence, it’s important that you seek the advice of a specialist medical solicitor as soon as possible.
Misdiagnosis of cancer – our client’s story
Misdiagnosis of cancer is sadly far too common. Our own senior partner lost his father to cancer after it had been misdiagnosed consistently by his GP.
Here is a story of just one of our recent cancer misdiagnosis cases, and how we successfully claimed compensation for her family.
Our client – a lady went to her local GP complaining of a lump in her breast. She was 46 years old with a family history of breast cancer. She was referred, by her GP, to a specialist who concludes that nothing is wrong. 2 years later she found another lump in a similar area of her breast. She was referred to a cancer specialist once again and, this time, a correct diagnosis of stage 3(b) breast cancer was made. It was proved however, through a review of the earlier x-rays, that the cancer did, in fact, show up on the first mammogram taken two years previously – but the diagnosis of cancer was somehow missed.
Because she was not given prompt treatment, sadly the lady subsequently died from her breast cancer.
Result – Her family bring an action under the Fatal Accidents Act. We helped them to recover medical negligence compensation of £285,000
Your Cancer Negligence Claim – don’t delay
Whether you are making a negligence claim in respect of your own cancer, or that of a loved one, it’s really important that you don’t delay, as cancer claims, like other cases of medical negligence, are subject to strictly enforced time limits. Therefore your claim must be made initially within 3 years of becoming aware you were mistreated- so it’s a very important for you to contact a medical negligence lawyer as soon as you possibly can.
Cancer Negligence Claim ? Contact our specialists today
If you think you’ve been the victim of cancer misdiagnosis, our specialists can help. We offer a FREE initial phone call, and a FREE first appointment. And, if you’re unable to travel, our team are happy to make home and hospital visits to see you.
We can then make an initial assessment on whether you have a case and, if so, can advise on the next steps you need to take.
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