Cancer Misdiagnosis Compensation Claims
At Bolt Burdon Kemp, we have developed a specialist department to represent our clients who have claims relating to cancer diagnosis and care.
We understand that cancer is different, and our team knows that cases relating to cancer require specialist knowledge, and an understanding of the unique challenges faced by cancer survivors and their families.
This section of the website is designed to explain and support patients and their families who have received a diagnosis of cancer that they believe could have been made earlier. If you believe that you, or a member of your family, may have received inadequate care, then contact a member of our specialist team today.
Serious harm can be caused when cancer care is not up to scratch or tests are not done properly. Our department pursue claims for compensation on behalf of cancer patients and their families who have cases relating to the late diagnosis of cancer, either because it was put down to another cause, or it was not spotted at all.
Delayed diagnosis of cancer
The delayed diagnosis of cancer is when a cancer could have been caught earlier, but has been allowed to develop. This is usually because it was not picked up in a test, or a GP did not make a referral to a specialist, or for testing, when the patient reported symptoms.
The chances of a successful recovery from cancer increase significantly the earlier it is caught. A diagnosis of cancer is devastating for both the patient and his or her family, but the news can be even more upsetting if you suspect that the diagnosis should have been made earlier. This is particularly difficult, when a patient or loved one knows that this could have made a significant difference to the chances of the patient getting better.
Delays in diagnosis may arise simply because it takes time to carry out the necessary tests and exclude other possible diagnoses, in which case no-one will be to blame. However, in cases where things do go wrong, for example, where particular symptoms are ignored or dismissed, the necessary tests are not conducted in good time or where test results are not interpreted or acted on appropriately, the consequences can be catastrophic.
The impact of any delay will vary significantly from patient to patient depending on the type of cancer and how it develops in a particular case. Generally, the earlier cancer is detected and treated, the better the outcome will be. The cancer may have developed during the delay and spread to other parts of the body meaning the treatment required is now more extensive than it would have otherwise been. It may even have progressed to a point where it can no longer be treated.
Misdiagnosis of cancer
Patients can be forced to undergo unnecessary treatment, and their condition can be worse because the diagnosis turns out to be incorrect. In these situations, the psychological and physical consequences can be serious. This is particularly true if the error has led to invasive treatment being carried out unnecessarily.
Our team at Bolt Burdon Kemp has been developed with cancer patients in mind and each member has a specialist knowledge of the situations that lead to misdiagnosis of patients with cancer. If this has happened to you, our team will advise you what to do next.
We have experience dealing with misdiagnosis claims in different specialist areas. Please select the appropriate area from our navigation menu, or get in touch with us if your particular complaint is not listed. If you or a member of your family have been unfortunate enough to have suffered an injury as a result of substandard medical treatment, our specialist medical negligence solicitors can assist you in bringing a compensation claim against the people and/or organisations responsible.
If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of substandard care, please contact our medical negligence team on 020 7288 4800 or complete our online medical negligence enquiry form.