Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
Missed and delayed cancer diagnosis claims
If your cancer diagnosis was missed or delayed, or you did not receive the cancer treatment you should have received, Osbornes can help.
Stephanie Prior Partner
This page will guide you through the cancer misdiagnosis claims process. You will learn more about our specialist cancer claims team and get answers to some of your biggest questions. Finally, we will show you examples of our work and how we have helped our clients obtain highly favourable settlements in their cancer misdiagnosis compensation claim.
Fearless advocates for cancer patients
Our medical negligence team is one of the most experienced and reputable in the country. Through our partnerships with Action Against Medical Accidents and other charities, we are at the forefront of fighting for patients’ rights and improving the complaints management process when things go wrong. We fight to get cancer patients an explanation, an apology, and the compensation they need to comfortably manage their new reality.
Expert cancer misdiagnosis claims advice
Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be one of the scariest moments in your life. The realisation that you could have had better treatment options if your cancer had been caught earlier adds to the devastation.
When you choose Osbornes to represent you, our lawyers make it their responsibility to support you through this difficult experience. As well as pursuing compensation for misdiagnosis on your behalf, we focus on arranging the physical, practical and emotional support you need to help you through your cancer journey and beyond.
For confidential advice or to start your claim, please call our specialist cancer compensation solicitors today.
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Cancer misdiagnosis claim FAQs
What is cancer misdiagnosis?
Cancer misdiagnosis occurs when a doctor does not diagnose the cancer properly. This could be through:
- Failing to investigate your symptoms
- Failing to order a test like a biopsy
- Ordering the wrong tests
- Misinterpreting test results, tissue samples or scans
- Recommending the wrong course of treatment
- Referring you to the wrong type of specialist
A cancer compensation claim is a type of medical negligence claim. Most of our cases relate to the late diagnosis, misdiagnosis or mistreatment of cancer by medical professionals. For example, your GP may fail to identify your symptoms as cancerous and delay in ordering the correct tests. Or, you may receive the wrong diagnosis entirely, resulting in improper treatment that could worsen your health.
With cancer more than any other medical condition, treatment is most effective when the cancer is detected early. This means that late, missed or negligent treatment can lead to a series of poor outcomes for the patient. These include:
- Fewer treatment options available
- The need for more invasive treatment
- More time for cancer to spread
- Depression or psychological conditions that persist beyond the end of the cancer treatment
- Avoidable or early death
If you can show that your cancer care fell below the acceptable standard, then you may have a claim for compensation.
NHS or private healthcare providers can be responsible for cancer misdiagnosis. Our experienced team is able to bring claims against whoever is responsible.
Can you claim compensation for cancer misdiagnosis?
The legal test is:
- Whether the doctor or hospital breached their duty of care to you, and
- Whether you suffered harm as a result
According to the first part of the test, your treatment may be negligent if it falls below the standard of a reasonable body of medical opinion. Since we are legal experts, not doctors, we bring in independent medical experts to determine if the quality of care you received deviated from the usual professional standards.
The second part of the test is to prove that the healthcare provider’s actions caused the harm. For example, if you receive a late diagnosis of breast cancer and an operable tumour became an inoperable tumour as a result, then it is highly likely that the doctor’s actions caused you harm. But if the cancer was untreatable anyway, then it is likely that the doctor’s actions did not contribute to your condition.
As you can see, cancer compensation cases are often very complicated. Having an experienced lawyer by your side is a must. Year after year, the independent legal directories rank Osbornes at the top of our field. We can help you understand whether you have a credible medical negligence claim.
What will impact my cancer mis or delayed diagnosis claim?
We will look at various factors when valuing your claim, including:
- The severity of your injuries
- Changes to your life expectancy
- Lifestyle changes, such as having to give up work or hobbies
- Lost earnings due to misdiagnosis
- Medical expenses
- Care costs
Our expert cancer claims lawyers will be able to give you a better idea of what you may be entitled to, based on your circumstances and similar cases they have seen.
When can I make a cancer compensation claim?
You can file a claim within three years of being made aware of the negligent treatment or misdiagnosis. For a loved one who died due to a late or missed cancer diagnosis, you must make the claim within three years of their death.
Please do not delay in making a claim as this may jeopardise your chances of success.
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Not only do we have decades of experience in securing very high compensation awards for clients affected with cancer, we are also here to support you and your family through this difficult time. You can call us now on a no-obligation basis and in the strictest confidence.
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