Delays in the diagnosis of cancer are some of the most common medical negligence cases we see. In spite of significant advances in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, errors are still made. Whilst a diagnosis of cancer is devastating for individuals and their families, the devastation is compounded by misdiagnosis and delays in diagnosis, resulting in treatment delays that may have a detrimental effect on outcomes.
Cancer compensation claims can be complex. They involve analysing the GP’s processes when assessing symptoms or scrutinising the care given by oncologists, radiologists and surgeons. These cases often rely on robust independent medical evidence that considers the consequences of negligence. The strength of this evidence is important because it helps to place a value on the amount of compensation awarded.
Examples of cancer claims:
- Failure by a GP to recognise symptoms and refer a patient to cancer specialists
- Failings in screening programmes
- Samples wrongly interpreted by pathologists
- Inadequate surgery to fully remove tumours
- Poor palliative care
- Misdiagnosis of cancer leading to unnecessary treatment
If the cancer is diagnosed late, undiagnosed, misdiagnosed, or improperly treated, you may have a compensation claim. Get in touch with our expert lawyers to see how we can help.
Cancer medical negligence case study
The deceased was receiving treatment from a local hospital. It was alleged that they did not properly diagnose and treat his cancer. It was accepted by the hospital that an earlier diagnosis should have been made but they denied this would have made much difference to the treatment and eventual outcome. An Inquest took place, following which the hospital was prepared to offer an apology and provide compensation which was satisfactory.
Chartered Legal Executive Simon Bransby represented the family in this case. He can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01603 660 811.
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