Cancer is a frightening experience. Whether it’s you, someone in your family or a close friend who’s been diagnosed, the last thing anyone needs is confusion surrounding the diagnosis.
But, cancer misdiagnosis is a real issue. And, as early detection and treatment are vital for the best possible outcome, any delay can be devastating.
It is the responsibility of your healthcare professionals to interpret the symptoms correctly and, if a misdiagnosis has occurred, it may be possible to claim for compensation. That’s what we’re here for – we can explore the possibility of making a claim for compensation for you.
Speak to one of our experienced compensation claims advisors free of charge today on 01204 521 133 or on live chat for a consultation. Alternatively, you can fill in one of our claims forms or use our Compensation Calculator, and we’ll call you back.
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Why Does Cancer Misdiagnosis Occur?
Because cancer is very tricky to diagnose, even with today’s advanced technology. Many symptoms of cancer can also appear when other diseases are present too. For example, lung cancer can look like a wide variety of other illnesses. The main symptoms are a vague and as varied as breathlessness, tight feeling in chest, losing weight, feeling tired and a persistent cough. As you can see, these symptoms could apply to many illnesses, so pinning them down to lung cancer is tricky.
However, if your GP suspects that it may be cancer, but doesn’t send you for the correct tests, they’re guilty of misdiagnosis.
The current state of the NHS is also a cause for concern. The cuts in funding have meant cuts in staffing levels. This has led to a decrease in the levels of care that patients receive, which has resulted in the many claims for negligence we’re now seeing.
If you believe that you’ve been the victim of a cancer misdiagnosis, you should find out if you can make a claim for compensation. Asons would need only a few minutes of you time to be able to tell you if it’s likely to be successful or not.
Types of Cancer Misdiagnosis
Here are some of the most common cancer misdiagnosis claims we see at Asons:
- Delay or failure to refer a patient to a specialist
- Failure to arrange further testing when symptoms of cancer were presented
- Failure to schedule a biopsy or further investigation, after abnormalities were discovered
- Failure to act appropriately upon biopsy results
- Failure to organise appropriate treatments
Which Cancers Are Commonly Misdiagnosed?
All types of cancer are, sadly, at risk of being misdiagnosed. However, some suffer from it more than others. Some of the most common cancer cases we deal with are:
- Cervical Cancer Misdiagnosis
- Ovarian Cancer Misdiagnosis
- Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis
- Bowel Cancer Misdiagnosis
- Prostate Cancer Misdiagnosis
- Lung Cancer Misdiagnosis
- Bone (Sarcoma) Cancer Misdiagnosis
However, these are not the only ways in which cancer misdiagnosis can occur, nor are these the only cancers that suffer from misdiagnosis. So, if you’re particular set of circumstances is not detailed here, call us to find out if we can help you.
It’s Not Personal
Claiming compensation is not personal. Each and every healthcare professional working in the UK has to be covered by professional insurance, for time just like this.
Even if that healthcare professional is a trusted friend, as doctors can often be, you should still explore the possibility of claiming – it’s to help you. And, if your claim is successful, your compensation is paid by the insurance company. It does not come out of the pocket of the person you are claiming from.
Think of how car insurance works, this works the same. A driver takes out a policy to cover the costs of being in an accident, that’s considered to be their fault. When the other person in the accident makes a claim for whiplash, for example, it’s your insurance company that makes the payment if the claim succeeds – not the driver.
People are afraid of making claims for compensation, but there’s nothing to be frightened of, we’ll help you through the process, every step of the way.
If you’d like to know more about the reasons people don’t claim, and how we can help, read Eight Reasons Why People Who Should Claim for Compensation, Don’t!
Compensation is designed to help you. It’s meant to make your everyday life as normal as possible.
So, if you’ve suffered from a cancer misdiagnosis that has prevented you from working, and you have no other way of supporting yourself – that’s what compensation is for!
Maybe you’ll need expensive follow-up treatment or rehabilitation costing thousands of pounds – that’s what compensation is for!
Perhaps you will now require a carer to look after you 24 hours a day – that’s what compensation is for!
Our Experience of Handling Claims for Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
Asons are experts in dealing with claims for compensation of this kind. Our cancer misdiagnosis claims solicitors can assess your case quickly and easily. And, they’ll offer you honest, straight-forward advice about how likely you are to be successful if you make a claim in just a matter of minutes. So give us a call – we’re here to help!
Asons Keep it Simple!
At Asons, we like to keep it simple. We promise to:
- avoid the complicated legal jargon, wherever we can. We find it confuses people and makes them feel like they don’t know what‘s going on.
- give you a dedicated claims handler, who will deal with your case from the beginning right through to the end. Of course, there may be times when this is not possible. When this happens, you will be kept fully informed of why and who will be taking over
- explain what’s happening with the case, as it progresses, in a clear and concise manner
- be available for you when you need us. It’s important that you feel like you can contact us, to ask questions or for clarification, whenever you need to.
In short, we’ll take all the stress for you, so you don’t have to!
The law states that any claim for compensation for cancer misdiagnosis must be brought within three years of the negligence happening or three years from the date that you realised the negligence caused a worsening of your disease. This time limit is known as a ‘statute of limitations’. If you miss this time limit, there’s nothing anyone can do – there are no exceptions. So, make sure you call us today.
‘No Win, No Fee’
We don’t believe that those who’ve suffered negligence at the hands of another should be out-of-pocket, whilst their claim progresses. That’s why we use the ‘no win, no fee’ system.
More on ‘No Win, No Fee’ here.
All you need to do is call us and speak to one of our specialist compensation claim solicitors. At this stage, it’s a free, informal chat – you’re not obliged to anything. We’ll need just a few minutes of your time to assess the chances of your case being successful. And, if you’d like to go ahead, we’ll get the ball rolling immediately.