What is a cancer misdiagnosis claim?

Misdiagnosed cancer can have devastating consequences for the patient, which can go as far as resulting in the loss of life.

Medical professionals have a duty of care to ensure thorough, relevant checks and tests are completed and assessed to confirm the patient’s condition.

When cancer is suspected, there is an expected standard of care the medical professional should follow, as outlined by NICE.

If this is not provided or results have been missed in some way, and the patient’s condition worsens as a result, this may be due to medical negligence.

Cancer negligence may stem from:

  • Cancer Misdiagnosis (such as breast cancer misdiagnosis or lung cancer misdiagnosis)
  • Delayed diagnosis of cancer
  • Wrongful treatment of cancer

What cancers are commonly misdiagnosed?

The four most common cancers are breast cancer, lung cancer, large bowel cancer and prostate cancer.

These types of cancers account for over half of all new cases with over 75% of cancer occurring in people over the age of 60.

The most commonly misdiagnoses cancers include:

  • Bowel cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Testicular cancer

A failure to diagnose cancer can lead to unnecessary suffering and the need for further treatment, which could have been avoided if the cancer diagnosis had been identified at an earlier stage.

How do I know if I have a cancer misdiagnosis claim?

A claim must first satisfy two requirements:

  1. Did you medical professional breach his/her duty of care?
  2. Did this breach result in pain and suffering to the patient?

Delays and misdiagnosis of cancer can occur in circumstances involving your GP or other healthcare professionals, for example, test results can be misinterpreted resulting in a misdiagnosis.

Further delays in a referral to a cancer specialist can lead to delays in treatment which give rise to a claim for medical negligence.

You may be able to claim for the following:

  • Loss of earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical expenses
  • Reduced life expectancy
  • Ongoing illness
  • Recovery time
  • Lifestyle changes

If you or someone you know has experienced these types of medical errors, which has led to pain and suffering, Medical Negligence Solutions can help you seek financial compensation.

Our experienced team will guide you through the complex legal process, ensuring that you receive the best possible outcome to your compensation claim.

Frequently asked questions

How much time will I need to dedicate to my claim?

It is really up to you. You can choose to be very involved or leave the daily running of the claim entirely to us. At all stages, we will keep you fully informed on the progress of your case. In most cases, you will likely need to attend an appointment with a medical expert. You will also need to answer any questions we may have on your treatment and sign relevant paperwork. Otherwise you can leave the time consuming process of settling your case to us.

One of our key priorities when starting a medical negligence claim is to seek an expert medical opinion and get a medical report. This report will include any recommendations for treatment and care. We will assist you in getting the care you need and seek to recover the costs from the defendant, either at the end of the claim or by way of an interim payment.