If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer of any type, it can be one of the hardest things to hear. In such worrying circumstances, with so much to already overcome, you expect to receive the highest standards of treatment.
Medical mistakes can have significant and sometimes very serious consequences, and nowhere more so than in cancer diagnosis. If your cancer was misdiagnosed or diagnosed later than it should have been you may be able to bring a medical negligence claim.
Our specialist cancer claims lawyers can support you at this difficult time and have many years’ experience of helping clients and their families through this process.
Jefferies Solicitors have over 25 years’ experience in dealing with misdiagnosis claims. If you have suffered because of somebody else’s negligence, we’ll guide you every step of the way and help you win the compensation you are entitled to.
Do I have a claim for cancer misdiagnosis?
We can help if you’ve suffered unnecessarily because of delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of:
- Breast cancer
- Bowel cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Lung cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Skin cancer
- Testicular cancer
- And other forms of cancer
If you suffer from a form of cancer, early diagnosis is of vital importance if you’re to have the best chance of survival.
When initial signs are missed, the window of opportunity for early treatment can be missed and you may be prevented the best chance of returning to health. Should that be the case, we can guide you step by step so you can put forward a cancer misdiagnosis compensation claim.
Sometimes a late diagnosis can lead to a patient having to endure a more severe form of treatment than might have initially been the case.
Your GP may not have made a referral when he or she should have, a scan may have been misinterpreted or delayed or symptoms misunderstood. Also, you may have been given incorrect advice about the status of your cancer and missed out on urgent treatment. Our experience across a wide range of cancer types and cases means we know how to deal with a diverse range of claims.
Cancer misdiagnosis claims are often brought for the following reasons:
- Failure to provide adequate treatment promptly after diagnosis
- Inadequate follow-up care, including errors in treatments
- Missed or delayed diagnosis, leading to the condition becoming worse or terminal
- Poorly performed cancer-removal surgery resulting in further damage
These claims can involve complex issues around who is at fault for your injuries and what could have been done to prevent them. Therefore, you must instruct a specialist medical negligence solicitor with experience in this area. You may also be able to claim if you have lost a family member after negligent treatment.
How long do I have to make a claim?
If the case cannot be settled, usually you will need to issue your claim in court within three years of the date of the negligence. Specific circumstances or a death may change this timeline. Furthermore, if the claim involves a child, the three-year timeframe begins on the date of their 18th birthday.
How much compensation am I likely to receive?
Each case is different, but the compensation (also known as damages) awarded can be substantial depending on the nature of the case.
Damages are calculated based upon any financial loss you have experienced, for example, if you had to take time off work as a result of the negligence, or if the primary earner in your family has passed away. The extent of your pain and suffering will also help to determine the value of your claim.
Start your claim today
At Jefferies, we have a specialist team of clinical negligence solicitors who are experienced in dealing with all types of cancer misdiagnosis claims. We understand how difficult and emotional the situation can be, which is why we’ll help you every step of the way. To begin with, we will need to take some initial details regarding your case and circumstances.
If you think you might have a claim, please contact us for informal advice. We operate on a No Win No Fee basis.
Start your compensation claim with Jefferies Solicitors today. You can either call us free on 0800 342 3206 or enquire online and one of our team will be in touch with you to discuss your potential personal injury claim.