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Lung Cancer Solicitors for Misdiagnosis of Lung Cancer.

If you or a loved one have received a delay in diagnosis or negligent treatment for lung cancer, which has led to a worsening of the condition, or has proved fatal, you may be entitled to make a cancer negligence compensation claim.

Making a claim can not only provide financial support as you move forward in your cancer journey, but it can also help you to access specialist care, equipment, and rehabilitation that you may not otherwise have had access to.

Finding out you have lung cancer can be devastating, and if it then transpires that your condition has worsened due to negligent treatment, the news can be life-changing. When lung cancer is misdiagnosed in the first instance, it leads to delayed treatment and allows more time for the cancer to develop and spread, often leading to a worse prognosis. Likewise, if the wrong treatment is prescribed, you may suffer adverse effects.

What is Lung Cancer Misdiagnosis?

Lung cancer misdiagnosis can occur when mistakes are made which lead to delays in a diagnosis being received, and subsequently delays in treatment being started. Some of the most common reasons for a lung cancer misdiagnosis include:

  • A GP fails to recognise the symptoms of lung cancer
  • A GP fails to refer the patient to a specialist when they have presented with lung cancer symptoms
  • The specialist fails to carry out the appropriate testing
  • Test results are not reported accurately
  • Test results are not read and interpreted accurately
  • An abnormal test result is not followed up in the correct way
  • The patient’s medical history is not recorded accurately
  • The appropriate treatment is not arranged for a patient after diagnosis of lung cancer
  • The test results are misinterpreted, and the patient is told they have cancer when in fact they do not
  • Doctors fail to notice that the cancer has spread to other parts of the body

In order for your compensation claim to be successful, we must be able to prove that a medical error occurred, and that this error then caused you harm. If you have experienced any type of medical negligence during your lung cancer diagnosis and/or treatment, please get in touch to find out how we can help you.

Our Lung Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims Expertise

Our experienced Lung Cancer Claims Solicitors are here to help you gain the compensation that you deserve. Get in touch today.

How can Lanyon Bowdler help?

As part of the claims process, we can help you to get a better understanding of what went wrong. An apology from the hospital responsible for your negligent treatment will not undo the damage caused, but it can help you come to terms with what has happened to you , and an admission of responsibility will help to prevent the same thing happening to another patient in the future.

If you have been impacted by negligent lung cancer treatment and wish to seek compensation, our specialist team of medical negligence solicitors can help you to seek the justice you deserve. Our understanding team are on hand to answer any questions you may have, therefore please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Your Lung Cancer Compensation questions answered

What are the signs of lung cancer?

There are several different types of lung cancer, classified into two main groups: small cell lung cancer, and non-small cell lung cancer. Small cell lung cancer accounts for around one in 10 cases; it spreads early on and is most often treated by chemotherapy. There are three types of non-small cell lung cancer: squamous cell carcinoma (the most common type), adenocarcinoma, and large cell carcinoma.

The symptoms for each type of lung cancer are the same, and may include:

  • A persistent cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing up sputum laced with blood
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Pain and aching when coughing or breathing
  • Frequent respiratory infections
  • A change in the voice

Some of the symptoms of lung cancer can also be indicative of other, less serious conditions, but it is always worth seeing your doctor as soon as possible if you are concerned.

How is lung cancer diagnosed?

In the majority of cases, lung cancer is diagnosed when a patient presents to their GP with symptoms and is referred for further testing. However, around one third of lung cancer cases are diagnosed when the patient attends A&E as an emergency, for example with breathing difficulties.

When you visit your GP with symptoms of lung cancer, there are a number of checks they should make, including:

  • A physical examination to check for swollen lymph nodes, abnormal sounds on the lungs, laboured breathing, or an abnormal mass present in the abdominal area.
  • A test to gauge the efficiency of your lungs using a spirometer.
  • Blood tests to rule out other potential causes of your symptoms.

If your GP has carried out the above checks and suspects you have lung cancer, they will then refer you to a specialist for further testing, which will include:

  • An X-ray of the chest to check for malignant tumours
  • A CT or PET-CT scan of the chest
  • Sputum cytology where phlegm samples are tested
  • A chest ultrasound
  • A bronchoscopy
  • A biopsy

If these initial tests show that you do have lung cancer, further tests will then be required to establish the type of cancer you have and to assess the stage at which the cancer is at present. From here, your medical team should then determine the best course of treatment.

How is lung cancer treated?

The treatment plan you will be offered will depend on the type of lung cancer you have, plus the stage the cancer is at, but it will typically include the following types of treatment:

  • Surgery – There are three  different types of surgery: lobectomy in which one or more parts of the lung are removed, pneumonectomy whereby the entire lung is removed, and segmentectomy where a small section of the lung is removed.
  • Radiotherapy – Pulses of radiation are used to destroy cancer cells or to control the pain and symptoms in a palliative way when a cure is not possible.
  • Chemotherapy – A powerful cancer-killing medicine is administered intravenously and can be given before surgery to reduce the size of the tumour, after surgery to prevent the cancer returning, or in a palliative way when the cancer cannot be cured.
  • Immunotherapy – A group of different medicines are administered intravenously to stimulate the immune system to target and destroy cancer cells.

These are the main remedies most often prescribed for the treatment of lung cancer, but there are also some alternative treatments that doctors may use, such as radiofrequency ablation, cryotherapy, and photodynamic therapy.

If you have received delayed or negligent treatment for lung cancer which has led to your condition worsening, or if you have sadly lost a loved, we can help you to obtain the compensation you deserve. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly and expert medical negligence team to find out more.

What is lung cancer misdiagnosis?

Lung cancer misdiagnosis can occur when mistakes are made which lead to delays in a diagnosis being received, and subsequently delays in treatment being started. Some of the most common reasons for a lung cancer misdiagnosis include:

  • A GP fails to recognise the symptoms of lung cancer
  • A GP fails to refer the patient to a specialist when they have presented with lung cancer symptoms
  • The specialist fails to carry out the appropriate testing
  • Test results are not reported accurately
  • Test results are not read and interpreted accurately
  • An abnormal test result is not followed up in the correct way
  • The patient’s medical history is not recorded accurately
  • The appropriate treatment is not arranged for a patient after diagnosis of lung cancer
  • The test results are misinterpreted, and the patient is told they have cancer when in fact they do not
  • Doctors fail to notice that the cancer has spread to other parts of the body

In order for your compensation claim to be successful, we must be able to prove that a medical error occurred, and that this error then caused you harm. If you have experienced any type of medical negligence during your lung cancer diagnosis and/or treatment, please get in touch to find out how we can help you.

What are the implications of a lung cancer misdiagnosis?

When lung cancer is misdiagnosed, it can have severe, and even life-changing, repercussions for the patient and their family. The survival rate for lung cancer is much higher for patients who are diagnosed early, so a delay in diagnosis can lead to a lowered chance of survival for the individual.

Lung cancer shares some symptoms with other conditions that are typically less severe than cancer, and sometimes it can initially be misdiagnosed as one of the following illnesses:

  • Asthma
  • Pneumonia
  • Acid reflux
  • Tuberculosis
  • Lung nodules
  • Lymphoma
  • Lung abscesses
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Encysted lung effusion
  • Thoracic Hodgkin’s disease
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

When lung cancer is detected at Stage 1, the survival rate is around 55% on average. This figure drops to 35% for diagnosis at Stage 2, 15% at Stage 3, and just 5% at Stage 4. Figures reported by Cancer Research UK state that approximately four in 10 cancer patients are misdiagnosed at least once before the correct diagnosis is given.

If your lung cancer was misdiagnosed in the first instance, leading to a delay in treatment which then affected the prognosis, you may be able to claim compensation. Our expert medical negligence solicitors can offer advice and guidance as you navigate your claim, so please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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Time Limits on Making a Lung Cancer Claim and Funding Options

In general, the time limit for bringing a Lung Cancer Claim is three years from the date of the negligent act or the ‘date of knowledge’ of the injury (to cover situations where the impacts of negligence surface at a future time).

However, if a child suffers because of the negligence of another party, the time limit will usually expire on their 21st birthday unless the child never gains mental capacity due to their injuries, in which case the time limits do not apply.

We can support your Lung Cancer Claim through a range of funding options, including our No Win No Fee Medical Negligence Claim promise, as well as through private funding, and legal expenses insurance. Our solicitors will consider whether we can handle your Lung Cancer Claim on a No Win No Fee basis at the point of an initial evaluation of the circumstance surrounding your injury.

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Here at Lanyon Bowdler we’re on your team and we’re with you for the journey. We understand that every client comes to us with different circumstances and different needs, so our medical negligence team is fully adaptable, offering a tailored and individual approach to your lung cancer negligence claim.

We are proud to have been highly ranked by The Legal 500 and Chambers UK, and we credit this to the kindness, patience, and compassion that we show to each and every client we represent. We understand how traumatic a cancer diagnosis can be, and we can help you to gain access to treatments and therapies, as well as fighting to ensure you receive the maximum amount of compensation.

Please get in touch with one of our specialist medical negligence lawyers if you consider that you may have a Lung Cancer Negligence Claim.

At Lanyon Bowdler, we take pride in being a friendly and approachable law firm, so please get in touch if you or a loved one have been affected by a late or missed diagnosis, or incorrect treatment. Our team will be happy to talk you through the process of filing a compensation claim. There is no obligation to you for any charges for our initial assessment.

By choosing Lanyon Bowdler for any form of Medical Negligence Claim, you can rest assured that you have the best legal expertise on your team. Lanyon Bowdler’s Medical Negligence team is widely acclaimed and recognised as one of the best clinical negligence departments in the country. We are committed to providing exceptional levels of client care and will work closely and considerately with you to help find the best outcomes and help to get your life back on track.

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