Ovarian Cancer Misdiagnosis
There are about 7,500 new ovarian cancer cases in the UK every year. Many cases are misdiagnosed by GPs who dismiss symptoms that women present to them as other conditions such as IBS and cystitis resulting in the cancer being too far advanced to treat.
Medical mistakes can have significant and sometimes very serious consequences, and nowhere more so than in ovarian cancer diagnosis. If your ovarian cancer was misdiagnosed or diagnosed later than it should have been you may be able to bring a medical negligence claim.
If you have suffered because of somebody else’s negligence, we’ll help you win the compensation you are entitled to.
DO I HAVE A CLAIM FOR OVARIAN CANCER MISDIAGNOSIS?
We can help if you’ve suffered unnecessarily because of delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis. 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.
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.
Ovarian cancer misdiagnosis claims are often brought for the following reasons:
- Ovarian cancer misdiagnosed as a cyst
- 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 should 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 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
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.
Start your compensation claim with Jefferies 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.