Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
The healthcare treatment for cancer in the UK and Ireland is generally very good. However, there are occasions when treatment falls below an acceptable level which causes problems such as the cancer spreading or becoming untreatable. Common examples of negligence we have dealt with concerning cancer claims include mistreatment, misdiagnosis and delay in diagnosis.
At P. A Duffy & Co Solicitors, we represent individuals who believe that they have been wrongly diagnosed or that their cancer was not diagnosed in a timely and appropriate manner, leading to harm, suffering, or even death.
To establish a cancer misdiagnosis claim, it must be demonstrated that a healthcare provider, such as a doctor, radiologist, or pathologist, failed to meet the standard of care expected in diagnosing and treating cancer cases.
We deal with a full range of cancer misdiagnosis cases, including:
Missed Diagnosis - this occurs when a healthcare provider fails to detect the presence of cancer when it is present.
Delayed Diagnosis - in cases of delayed diagnosis, cancer is eventually diagnosed, but there was an unreasonable delay in doing so, which may have allowed the cancer to progress to a more advanced stage.
Misdiagnosis of Cancer Type - some claims involve a correct cancer diagnosis but a misidentification of the specific type or subtype of cancer, leading to inappropriate treatment.
How do I claim cancer misdiagnosis compensation?
If you or your loved one has suffered cancer mistreatment, misdiagnosis or delay in diagnosis and you believe that this was as a result of negligence on the part of a doctor or other healthcare practitioner, you are advised to speak to a solicitor as soon as possible.
If you ask us to represent you, we will start by taking details of the event and assessing what has happened and who is responsible. We will assemble evidence supporting your claim and contact the relevant health trust to advise them of the claim.
We will ask our medical experts to carry out examinations and write a report about your suffering. This will form the basis of your case.
If the other side admits liability, we will negotiate with them to agree on the amount of compensation to be paid to you. Where they deny liability or the amount of compensation offered is not sufficient, your case will go to court. We will ensure that you have our support throughout and that you are represented by an expert cancer claim advocate.
What will I receive compensation for in a misdiagnosis claim?
Compensation can be awarded for a range of issues, including:
Pain and Suffering
Future Medical Expenses
Loss of Consortium
How much compensation will I receive for myself or my loved one?
The amount of compensation you may receive for a cancer misdiagnosis claim can vary widely and depends on several factors, including severity of harm, lost income, psychological damage and so on.
If you speak to us about your case, we will be able to give you an initial idea of the range of compensation that is generally awarded for the type of misdiagnosis you have endured.
How can I finance a misdiagnosis compensation claim?
We know that finding a cancer-related compensation claim might be a worry, so we offer a range of options. These include:
Legal expenses cover
After the Event insurance (ATE insurance)
What is the time limit for bringing a career-related compensation claim?
For an adult, there is a three-year time limit for bringing a medical negligence claim in the UK and a two-year time limit for the Republic of Ireland. This is known as the limitation period. It runs either from the date of the negligent incident or the date that you became aware of the injury you suffered.
In the case of a child, the three-year (UK) and two-year (ROI) time limit runs from the date of their 18th birthday.
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