There are many types of cancer. In most cases; a Doctor diagnoses them in time to get suitable medical treatment. However, there are times when symptoms are missed or not interpreted correctly and cancer is misdiagnosed.
Alternatively, you may be one of the unlucky ones who are told that they have cancer when they don’t.
Either way, the results can be very unpleasant, and even life threatening if cancer is left undetected for some time.
What time scales are involved in misdiagnosis?
A lot depends on the type of cancer involved. If you have been suffering from cancer for months, have been to see your Doctor or G.P. and they have not diagnosed it quickly, it is likely that you can make a claim.
When a claim is made, the crucial interpretation of validity is to consider what would have been done differently and what would have been the outcome if your diagnosis had been made on time. It makes no difference what type of cancer you have, since all forms are considered when it comes to compensation claims for cancer misdiagnosis.
Making a claim
As with all forms of personal injury compensation, time limits apply. It is necessary to make your claim as soon as possible once you realise that your cancer has been misdiagnosed. A three year time limit applies, so do get expert help as soon as you realise that a mistake has been made.
As well as failing to diagnose your cancer in time or correctly, a medical practitioner can be clinically negligent if any of the following occurred:
- Referral was not made to a consultant specialist on time
- Adequate tests were not carriedout
- Biopsies were not administered when they should have been
- Test results were not interpreted correctly
- Treatment was not suitable or timely
What will my claim cover?
Any medical claim that you make will take account of your current situation and what it would have been like if you had received suitable treatment. Your suffering will be accounted for i.e. Mental stress, physical problems, state of health, loss of earnings, impact upon quality of life or length of life. Whether you have suffered a late cancer diagnosis or been told you have the disease when you do not, it is possible that you can make a claim for compensation.
If you or a loved one has been subjected to stress and financial losses or impact upon your health and life due to a cancer misdiagnosis, you should get expert help now. Make your claim as soon as possible in order to secure adequate compensation for your damages.