Cancer Compensation Claims
If you’ve suffered unnecessary illness or risks to your health as a result of a misdiagnosis of cancer, you may be entitled to compensation for medical negligence. If cancer isn’t diagnosed and treated early, it can spread to other parts of the body. This can result in secondary cancers, or even other serious health problems as a result of a weakened immune system.
Whether you’ve been misdiagnosed yourself, or you’ve lost a family member or loved one, we can help you establish the facts and determine whether or not you are entitled to claim for compensation. We aim to make the process as clear and simple for you as we can, because we know it can be distressing for you. However, getting any compensation that you’re entitled to, as well as getting answers as to how the misdiagnosis occurred can be of great comfort.
Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients who have been involved in medical negligence claims, including cancer misdiagnosis. They operate on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning that you won’t pay any fees unless your case is successful.
How can misdiagnosis of cancer arise?
No two cancer cases are ever the same, and it’s important to point out that cancer is a serious illness – and often sadly a fatal one – even when it is diagnosed and treated early. The vast majority of cancer patients are not misdiagnosed and won’t be affected by negligent treatment.
If however you feel that your cancer was not spotted soon enough, that clear symptoms were missed or that treatment was inadequate or late, you may be entitled to compensation. The negligence could have occurred at any stage in the process of diagnosing or treating your cancer.
For example, you may have visited your GP in the first instance. As your symptoms became clearer or more severe you may have been referred onwards to a specialist such as an oncologist. Some forms of cancer can start with relatively minor symptoms such as fatigue, weight loss or nausea so it is normal for cancer not to be immediately obvious.
However, if symptoms persist or even worsen, medical professionals should be able to carry out tests to eliminate certain causes and help you get a timely diagnosis to prevent further complications. We can discuss the specifics of your case with you and help you determine whether or not the care you received was reasonable, in light of the symptoms you reported.
How much compensation might I receive for cancer misdiagnosis?
The amount of compensation you receive very much depends on your specific circumstances. That’s why we recommend that you get in touch with us promptly so that we can discuss the details of your case with you.
You may be able to claim for the following if they are a direct result of your injuries:
- Compensation for distress and upheaval
- Loss of earnings and financial losses incurred
- Medical costs, prescription fees, care and rehabilitation costs
- Adaptations to your home or vehicle
- Damage to your property
- Travel expenses incurred
We can help you assess your future needs and work with you to agree the level of compensation that you may be entitled to as a result of your misdiagnosis.
Do I have a valid claim for compensation?
If you can answer yes to all three of the following questions, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your circumstances further:
- Was the misdiagnosis (or the point at which you became aware of it) within the last three years?
- Was someone else to blame for the misdiagnosis?
- Were you injured or did you suffer unnecessary complications as a result of the misdiagnosis?
Answering ‘yes’ to all three doesn’t mean that a successful claim is certain. However, these questions are key to the claims process. Answering yes to all three does indicate that you have a greater chance of being entitled to claim. Getting prompt, specialist legal advice could be beneficial.
Because of the three-year time limit, it’s important that you contact us promptly so that we can start the process for you. For misdiagnosis cases, a key factor is the difficulty in determining exactly when the misdiagnosis or the first error occurred. This makes it all the more important to seek prompt advice.
How do I begin a compensation claim for cancer misdiagnosis?
Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The first call typically takes about 15 minutes and in that time we can usually determine whether or not it’s realistic to pursue a claim for compensation.