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.
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.
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:
The potential implications of a cancer misdiagnosis (or late diagnosis) cannot be understated and can lead to premature death and/or shortened life expectancy. This, in turn, can result in financial hardship, the missed opportunity for potentially life-saving treatment, undergoing unnecessary treatments, and in extreme cases, the risk of death. If you have suffered a cancer misdiagnosis, you deserve to be compensated.
Given the potential seriousness of a cancer diagnosis, the chances of being misdiagnosed are worryingly high. Below is a brief, but by no means exhaustive, list of ways in which diagnostic errors can occur:
In addition to the above general areas of potential negligence, there are also any number of occasions during the often long cancer treatment process, at which misinterpretation or poor analysis of tests or medical investigations can occur. These might include such things as scans, X-rays, ultrasound, or other tests being misinterpreted. Samples of tissues, smears, biopsies, for example, can be misread. Alternatively, it may be the case that required examinations may not have been carried out.
It’s clear from the above that the treatment of cancer in itself presents a potential for things to go wrong. Thankfully medical staff are extremely dedicated and highly trained professionals, however, with the best will in the world things can go wrong, and mistakes can occur. This is exactly why Doctors and the NHS are professionally insured, and the body such as the NHSLA exists, to deal with claims whereby Doctors have simply got it wrong.
Do I have a case?
If you have been diagnosed with cancer, and you believe that at some point leading up to the diagnosis, or during treatment, after-care, or monitoring, your doctor has made a mistake, and this has caused you harm, you may have a strong case for compensation. If you wish to pursue a claim, you will need to find a specialist Solicitor to assess your situation and provide you with advice.
What do you need to establish?
In order to prove negligence, a Solicitor will need to establish the following:
Time limits to bring a claim
Medical negligence claims are subject to time limits to bring a claim. This is usually within three years of the injury or harm having occurred, or from the date, you acquired knowledge that negligence has occurred. We will be able to advise you which of these will apply in your case. Different rules on time limits also apply to children and protected parties, allowing them longer to bring a claim.
Medical negligence claims may feel overwhelming and complex to a client, but thankfully there are Solicitors that specialise in winning medical negligence claims, and understand how to bring a successful claim. Been Let Down has many years’ experience and a vast body of specialist knowledge that means we are the best people to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Funding and making a claim
Our friendly and experienced Solicitors will discuss your claim with you free of charge. Just contact us on our freephone number or via the simple initial contact claim form on our website. You will be called back promptly by one of our highly experienced Solicitors to discuss your claim further.
Unlike many other legal firms, with us, you will be speaking to a Solicitor from day one, and all initial consultations will be free of charge and at no obligation to yourself. We will listen carefully and sensitively to the details of your case, and if we advise that you have a case in negligence with a reasonable chance of success, then we will deal with your claim for you on a No Win, No Fee basis.
We also guarantee that you will keep the maximum amount of compensation; we offer discounts and highly success fees, unlike many other law firms, meaning you keep more of your compensation.
It is best not to delay in getting the advice you need, given the time limitations in place, and you have nothing to lose in contacting us as you are under no obligation to proceed. Get in contact today and find out if you can claim for compensation.