Are You A Victim Of Bowel Cancer Negligence?

Detecting bowel cancer malpractice or negligence by a doctor, GP or his/her staff members is not always that easy. There are often many reasons that will stop you for pointing a finger or holding a hospital responsible for a loved one’s death, misdiagnosis or failed surgery.

Moreover, if a patient is at an advanced stage of an illness, there are too many complications- most of which are interdependent- that prevent doctors from taking certain courses of action. Hence, judging why a doctor did not perform an obvious procedure is often not so easy.

Claiming for Bowel Cancer Compensation

Often, patients are unsure of whether their case amounts to Medical Negligence Cancer Claims or not. Even under these circumstances, consulting a solicitor/lawyer or a law firm that deals with bowel cancer negligence claims is the most appropriate step. We are ‘no win no fee’ solicitors, we are more than happy to discuss whether you have a potential claim, before any formal action is taken. All initial enquires with us are free and no obligation.

Any form of cancer can be worrying, whether you are suffering from it yourself or a loved one is diagnosed with it. Where bowel cancer is concerned, this normally forms in the bowel or colon. If your medical professional does not detect the cancer soon enough and a cancerous tumour develops, then you may be able to make a claim for compensation due to a miss or delayed diagnosis of bowel cancer.

What causes bowel cancer?

As with all cancers, bowel cancer can develop for many reasons. We can all get growths within the bowel that are not cancerous, so the presence of any lumps should not immediately cause worry.  Some of the reasons why doctors think bowel cancer may form are due to:

  • Poor diet
  • Hereditary condition
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Being overweight with a high BMI
  • Associated diseases such as Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis

 

If you have a problem within any of these areas and have possible symptoms of bowel cancer, you should seek medical advice as soon as you can.

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What are the symptoms of bowel cancer?

Bowel cancer is often not detected, as the initial symptoms may be slight and missed – not only by medical professionals, but also by the person with the illness.  You should always consult a doctor if you notice any of the following:

  • Blood when passing a motion that is not related to haemorrhoids
  • Long lasting constipation or diarrhoea
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Sudden weight loss that cannot be explained

In the later stages, bleeding internally within the bowel may cause anaemia, and this in turn can lead to feelings of tiredness and being out of breath.  Your abdomen may start to swell, and sickness may develop.

Treatment of bowel cancer

If your doctor suspects bowel cancer, he should arrange tests as soon as possible and if they are positive, surgery will be carried out in most cases.  Chemotherapy will usually follow.  The earlier the detection, the more chance there is of a recovery.

If detection is made late due to the fault of your doctor, then you may have a claim for bowel cancer compensation.

Our Medical Negligence Solicitors can help you with your claim and can give timely, friendly and expert advice.  If the cancer has spread and is no longer treatable, or the damage that has been caused to the body has escalated due to misdiagnosis or lack of any diagnosis, then a claim should be considered.

The claim can be made by the affected party or by their relatives, so do consult our claims experts as soon as possible.

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