Medical Negligence

Cancer Negligence Claims

It is a sad fact that the misdiagnosis of cancer is a very common clinical negligence claim in the UK.

To successfully treat cancer, an early diagnosis is vital and unfortunately, some cancers are missed or diagnosed as something else, both of which are considered to be a form of clinical negligence.

At what is a very difficult time of your life, pursuing a legal claim for medical negligence compensation may not be at the forefront of your mind, but our team of specialists can help you through the process from start to finish.

The clinical negligence team here at Lanyon Bowdler is made up of highly-experienced professionals who are friendly and approachable and will deal with your case in a sensitive way.

TYPES OF CANCER MISDIAGNOSIS CLAIMS

Claims relating to misdiagnosed cancer can include a number of types of cancer, with the most common forms being breast, lung, cervical, ovarian, testicular and prostate cancer.

MISDIAGNOSIS OF BREAST CANCER

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer found in women, and the success rate of any treatment is significantly higher if the condition is discovered early.

If the cancer is missed or misdiagnosed, treatment can be more difficult and the chance of recovery reduced. If you have had test results misinterpreted or something missed during an examination, you could be entitled to breast cancer misdiagnosis compensation.

MISDIAGNOSIS OF CERVICAL CANCER

Another common form of cancer amongst women is cervical cancer, which is treatable if detected early. Smear tests are crucial in diagnosing cervical cancer, but there have been numerous incidents of inaccurate smears leading to misdiagnosis.

A delay in diagnosis could mean you have grounds for a clinical negligence case, and our specialist lawyers can advise you on the best way forward.

You should also seek legal advice if there were concerns about the treatment itself, such as whether enough tissue was removed to effect a cure, or whether unnecessary radical treatment was used which could to fertility problems.

MISDIAGNOSIS OF OVARIAN CANCER 

The actual cause of ovarian cancer is unknown, but there are some factors which may increase the likelihood of diagnosis, such as:

  • Having a family history of ovarian cancer
  • Using hormone treatments or fertility drugs
  • The risk of ovarian cancer increases as you grow older
  • It is more common in women without children

Like other forms of cancer, early diagnosis is key to treating ovarian cancer, but there are many cases of misdiagnosis. If you think you have been misdiagnosed or not got the treatment you deserved, you could be able to claim compensation.

MISDIAGNOSIS OF PROSTATE CANCER 

Prostate cancer is easily treatable if correctly diagnosed and caught early enough, with more than 90% of cases treated successfully.

However, there are still a small number of cases when medical professionals misdiagnose prostate cancer, and if you have been affected by clinical negligence, please get in touch to see how we can help.

CONTACT LANYON BOWDLER SOLICITORS

The lawyers at Lanyon Bowdler specialise in cancer medical negligence cases and can support you every step of the way during a claim. Give us a call on 0800 464 0086 or complete our online enquiry form, to see how we can help. We have offices in Telford, Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Ludlow, Bromyard and Hereford so are able to act for clients all over Shropshire, Herefordshire, Mid and North Wales and across the Midlands.