Cancer misdiagnosis claims
A late or misdiagnosis of cancer can have devastating consequences. Undetected cancer can spread to other parts of the body making it much harder to treat. In the worst case scenario patients can be left facing terminal cancer.
If you have had the unfortunate experience of dealing with a late or misdiagnosed cancer, TRUE Solicitors may be able to help you make a claim for compensation.
TRUE Solicitors has a team of lawyers who specialise in cancer misdiagnosis claims. Our specialist lawyers will handle your case with compassion and care, providing you, and your family, with the support you need throughout the whole process. We will help you to secure compensation along with an apology or explanation from the clinician or health trust.
What are the most commonly misdiagnosed cancers?
The most commonly misdiagnosed, or late to be diagnosed cancers are typically:
- Bowel cancer.
- Breast cancer.
- Cervical cancer.
- Lung cancer.
- Ovarian cancer.
- Pancreatic cancer.
- Prostate cancer.
- Skin cancer.
- Testicular cancer.
What can I claim compensation for if I have suffered due to cancer misdiagnosis?
You may be able to claim for the following:
- Loss of earnings.
- Pain and suffering.
- Medical expenses such as, prescription charges and painkillers.
- Compensation for the care and support provided by family or friends.
- Reduced life expectancy.
- Ongoing illness.
- Recovery time.
- Expected lifestyle changes.
How much will my misdiagnosed cancer claim be worth?
The amount of compensation that you may receive is dependent upon the individual circumstances of your case. The amount will depend on factors such as:
- The severity of your further health complications.
- How your life has been affected by the misdiagnosis.
- Your future care and support needs.
- Financial losses, including how much money you have lost or will lose as a result of the misdiagnosis (e.g. loss of earnings, travel expenses).
Is there a time limit for making a misdiagnosed cancer claim?
You have up to 3 years from the date you became aware of the late of misdiagnosis, to make a claim. It is advisable to seek legal advice as soon as possible, whilst the information and circumstances around the misdiagnosis are fresh to mind.
You are able to make a claim on a child’s behalf at any time after the misdiagnosis, before the child reaches the age of 18. After the child has turned 18 they have until they are 21 to make a claim themselves.
If you would like to pursue a claim on behalf of a loved one who has sadly passed away, where the misdiagnosis has contributed towards their death, you can make a claim within 3 years of that date.
How much will it cost to make a claim?
TRUE Solicitors will manage your claim on a ‘No win, No fee’ basis, so there is no financial risk to you. Our charges to you are dependent upon the individual type of case, and are typically a percentage of the compensation amount that we obtain for you. The charges will be no more than 25% of your compensation.
How Long Will My Claim Take?
The length of medical negligence claims depends on whether the other party admits fault, the severity of the injury and the extent of the claim for losses and expenses. Straightforward medical negligence claims may settle within a few months, whereas complex cases may take in excess of a year.
How do I start a claim for late or misdiagnosed cancer?
If you believe that you, or a loved one, have a claim for late or misdiagnosed cancer, contact TRUE Solicitors today to speak to a member of our medical negligence team. We offer an initial, free, no obligation, assessment of your case.
Submit Your claim – we will establish who was at fault and submit a claim on your behalf.
Gather the Evidence and Arrange Treatment – we will collect all of the evidence needed to prove your claim, arrange a medical examination for you, and if appropriate arrange treatment to assist with your recovery.
Win Your Claim – we will fight hard on your behalf to recover maximum compensation in the shortest time.
TRUE Client Stories
Patient receives a five figure sum following a delay in diagnosing cancer:
What happened: Our client attended their GP with a lump in their thigh and were advised that it was lipoma (a non-cancerous fatty lump). There was no onward referral. They returned to their GP approximately 1 year later, whereupon they were told that the lump was a torn muscle. A further year later the GP advised that the lump was due to a varicose vein. However, our client was referred to hospital and underwent an ultrasound and MRI prior to being told the lump was actually sarcoma cancer. There had been a delay in diagnosis of approximately 3 years.
The effect on our client: Our client endured additional pain, suffering and loss of amenity for the period of the delay in diagnosis and required surgery to remove the sarcoma, leaving significant scarring. The tumour had a very slow doubling time of 600 days, which meant our client had a much better prognosis than would otherwise have been expected. The treatment they received would have been the same in any event, however had the diagnosis not been delayed the tumour excised would have been smaller and our client would have required less time off work to recover post-operatively.
How TRUE Solicitors were able to help: We brought a claim on behalf of our client on the grounds that the lump had not been properly assessed when our client first presented to their GP. There was also a misdiagnosis of lipoma and muscle rupture and a failure to refer for a specialist opinion, particularly when the lump was noted to be growing in size. Liability was denied by the Defendant however following detailed medical investigation we were able to negotiate a very good settlement for our client prior to matters becoming protracted.
Level of settlement achieved: £75,000
Practice area: Medical Negligence – oncology / delayed diagnosis