Prostate Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in the UK. More than 47,500 men are diagnosed with the disease every year. It typically develops over a slower period of time, making symptoms difficult to spot for a number of years.
Negligence in diagnosing prostate cancer can lead to the need to have more invasive treatment such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy or hormone therapy. It could also lead to the need to have surgery to remove the prostate gland or testes.
If you or a loved one has been affected by prostate cancer misdiagnosis you may be eligible to compensation.
We offer our clients:
- No Win No Fee agreements
- A free, initial, no-obligation assessment
- Expert medical negligence legal advice
- Maximum compensation
We will handle your claim with empathy and care. Contact us today on 0344 854 7000 or submit your enquiry below and we will call you back.
What is a prostate cancer?
The symptoms of prostate cancer do not manifest until the prostate gland grows large enough to affect the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the penis (urethra). When this happens symptoms can include:
- The increasing need to urinate.
- Straining while you urinate.
- The feeling that your bladder hasn’t emptied properly after urinating.
- Needing to urinate more often, especially during the night.
- The feeling of having to rush to urinate.
It is important to note that these symptoms may not always mean that you have prostate cancer. However, if you are experiencing the above symptoms accompanied by the below they may be an indication that prostate cancer has developed and spread to other parts of the body:
- Unexplained weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Pain in the testicles
- Experiencing bone and/or back pain
What is prostate cancer commonly misdiagnosed as?
Prostate cancer can be commonly misdiagnosed as:
- A urinary tract infection
- Enlargement of the prostate
Negligent treatment can also include a medical professional’s failure to:
- Refer you to a specialist
- Follow up abnormal test results.
- Properly interpret test results.
- Diagnose symptoms correctly.
- Carry out the correct treatment after diagnosis.
- Refer you for a blood test.
Why should I make a claim?
Making a medical negligence claim through True Solicitors will help you to get the answers and the compensation that you deserve. We will:
- Investigate the mistakes that were made during your treatment.
- Instruct an independent medical expert to assess the details of your treatment to give their opinion on what went wrong and what should have happened.
- Collect evidence to build a case to prove that the health care trust’s negligence led to your misdiagnosis or worsening illness.
- Seek to get an admission of liability and apology from the health care trust responsible.
- Fight to get you the compensation that you deserve to make up for your pain and suffering, loss of earnings and ongoing medical and care needs.
How much will my claim be worth?
It is not possible to say exactly how much your prostate cancer misdiagnosis claim will be worth. Each compensation payout is calculated based on the individual circumstances of each case. Your solicitor will calculate your claim based on general and special damages.
General damages: This is the compensation paid out for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity resulting from the misdiagnosis. Physical and psychological injuries are covered by general damages.
Special damages: This covers any current and future financial losses incurred as a result of the misdiagnosis. Examples of special damages include:
- Loss of earnings through being unable to attend work, or work to the same capacity as you did pre-illness.
- Medical and rehabilitation treatment costs.
- Care costs.
- Home and vehicle adaptation costs.
- Mobility aids.
Is there a time limit for making a claim?
You need to start your prostate cancer negligence claim within three years of the date that you became aware that your treatment was negligent.
How much will it cost me to make a claim?
Our medical negligence solicitors will assess your case and if we believe it has good prospects, we will agree to take on your case under a conditional agreement. This is more commonly known as a No Win, No Fee agreement. This means that you will only pay legal fees if your claim is successful.
This is typically up to 25% of your settlement and will be explained to you at the start of the claims process.