Cancer Misdiagnosis Solicitors for Cancer Negligence Claims
Have you or a loved one received a misdiagnosis of a problem that turned out to be Cancer?
Receiving a cancer diagnosis is no doubt a frightening experience, but thankfully, for many people, recovery and long-term survival is now a real possibility. That is, of course, providing a correct and timely diagnosis is delivered.
Since Cancer is a progressive disease the earlier treatment can be started the higher the chances of survival. Unfortunately, though some patients do not benefit from early or timely diagnosis. For those people, Cancer can go undetected and undiagnosed for sufficient time to allow the disease to progress and worsen. In the worst case, a failed or delayed diagnosis can cost someone their life.
People who are actually Cancer free can also be mistakenly told they have Cancer, the psychological and life-altering effects of this can be devastating and long-lasting.
If you believe you yourself have suffered a Cancer Misdiagnosis we can help you pursue the financial compensation you deserve. If you are looking to pursue a claim on behalf of a loved one, recently deceased and you believe the timing of their death was attributable to a Cancer Misdiagnosis then we can also help.
Our experience with Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
At Sheldon Davidson Solicitors, our client-focused team is experienced and highly regarded as legal practitioners in the field of Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims. We understand the circumstances that can lead to a misdiagnosis and approach such cases first and foremost with compassion. This approach coupled with our expert knowledge of the law gives our clients a special blend of support and professionalism.
We believe this approach sets us apart from other Law Firms and is the reason we are credited as one of Manchester’s leading specialist injury & medical negligence solicitors firms. We also understand that, in the first place, you are most likely seeking to establish whether you have grounds to pursue a claim for financial compensation and so, to help you achieve that we offer a free initial consultation. Call and speak with one of our team today, who will be able to give you their honest thoughts regarding your case.
Medical errors that can lead to the Misdiagnosis of Cancer
The Health Service in the UK is undoubtedly under increasing pressure. Cancer Research figures indicate that there are a staggering 363,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed in the UK every year, which is around 990 every day.
GP waiting times are at an all-time high and face time with a GP is constantly under strain. Alongside that, Cancer early warning signs can be difficult to spot and can also be attributed to other ailments or illnesses. Unfortunately, these elements combine to create a healthcare environment conducive to the misdiagnosis of cancer.
Doctors and Medical Professionals are duty-bound to ensure all patients are examined thoroughly, referrals are made where further investigation is warranted, and follow-up checks are carried out. Duties that are not performed professionally can lead to failures in diagnosis and adequate treatment, all of which can give rise to grounds for making a Cancer Misdiagnosis Claim.
Common failings that we see are:
- Failure to examine the patient thoroughly
- Failure to effectively probe the patient’s medical history
- Failure to follow-up or communicate the next steps with the patient
- Failure to notice and pick up on early warning signs and symptoms
- Failure to refer the patient for Cancer screening
- Failure to refer the patient for further tests due to budget concerns
- Incorrect interpretation of X-Rays, Scans or Laboratory testing
- Communication errors or delays between Doctors and Medical Facilities
- A failed ‘All Clear’ message
Early detection and treatment of cancer can make all the difference
There are currently in excess of 200 recognised types of Cancer and all are diagnosed and treated in different ways. In the UK the four most common types are:
- Breast Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Bowel Cancer
Doctors use staging to indicate how progressed and severe a patient’s Cancer is. The stages from 1 – 4 are used to indicate the Cancer’s severity and determine what type of treatment will be most effective for a specific patient. For example, a patient with Stage 1 Cancer may be recommended for surgery to remove the Cancer completely as at this stage it is relatively small and in one place.
Left undetected, or undiagnosed however the Cancer can develop and progress through the stages. This can mean that when a diagnosis is finally confirmed, surgery may no longer be an option as the Cancer has spread to other parts of the body and / or surrounding tissues.
There are also some types of Cancer that respond particularly well to early treatment and these include:
- Breast Cancer
- Cervical, Ovarian or Uterine Cancer
- Colon Cancer
- Kidney Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Skin Cancer and Melanoma
For this reason, accurate and timely diagnosis is critical to a patient’s life expectancy and chances of survival.
How your health can suffer if a Cancer is not diagnosed properly
Cancer is no longer the death sentence it once was. Thanks to modern advances in detection and treatment, people are living longer and five-year survival rates are increasingly common. Early detection and treatment are crucial and integral to what types of treatment may follow.
Cancer left undetected and untreated is a ticking timebomb and the patient’s treatment options and chances of survival steadily deteriorate. The likelihood of dying from the disease compounds all the time it is left untreated. The type of treatment required or, still of advantage to the patient often becomes more invasive the longer the Cancer is left undetected. There are also well-documented side effects of the more aggressive cancer treatments, which can also have a significant impact on the health of a cancer sufferer. Such invasive treatments may have been avoidable with an earlier diagnosis of Cancer
Delays of Misdiagnosis of Cancer can, unfortunately, lead to:
- Inoperable Cancer – meaning the Cancer can no longer be removed surgically
- Premature death
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of limbs or organs
- Chronic pain and significantly increased recovery time
- Long-term or permanent disability
What mistakes may give grounds for a Cancer Negligence Claim?
Cancer misdiagnosis is a complex area of law and a successful outcome depends heavily on the strength of the legal case presented. At Sheldon Davidson Solicitors, we are tenacious in our pursuit of a positive outcome for your claim and in getting justice.
We take on every case with the ambition to secure a successful outcome and the maximum level of compensation for our clients. In preparing a claim for Cancer misdiagnosis we will look for evidence of errors, or negligence on the part of Medical Professionals responsible for your care. This could include:
Errors in Diagnostic tests:
This could be the result of faulty test equipment or human error during the testing or even spoiled samples or cross-contamination of the tissues being tested.
When a doctor fails to diagnose the presence of cancer, despite the patient presenting with specific symptoms and sends them away with a clean bill of health.
Similar to missed diagnosis, delayed diagnosis occurs when the Doctor initially sends the patient away with a clean bill of health, or with a belief that their cancer is a more minor ailment. If down the line, the same patient is diagnosed with Cancer at a progressed stage and the same Cancer is considered to have been present at the time of the missed diagnosis, there could be grounds for a delayed diagnosis claim. Similarly, if there has been any significant hold up in the process i.e. between referrals, test results and follow-up appointments there can also be grounds for a delayed diagnosis claim.
Failure to Diagnose Complications
This type of negligence occurs when a Doctor or Medical Professional fails to spot complications that could exacerbate the patient’s disease and ultimately impact their chances of survival.
How can we help you make a Cancer Misdiagnosis Claim?
1 in 2 people in the UK are expected to be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime. With odds like these, not many people can not escape being touched by Cancer in some way. That is also true for us at Sheldon Davidson and as such we understand the gravity of receiving a cancer diagnosis. We empathise with the utter devastation and far-reaching consequences of misdiagnosis and will do everything in our power to help you recover and to secure a successful compensation settlement
We specialise in no win no fee claims, so if you don’t win and the court does not award compensation you won’t have to pay anything. We have successfully represented hundreds of clients seeking financial compensation for some sort of Cancer Negligence.
Our track record speaks for itself. Our knowledge and experience in this field of law is of the highest order and we know what is required to assure a successful claim. We recognise that initially clients pursuing a claim for Cancer misdiagnosis need genuine support and guidance on their chances of success, what the legal process entails and how the case might progress. Our team is approachable and conscious of these needs.
Contact our Cancer Negligence Claim Solicitors today
Established in 1997 we have grown to become one of the leading Personal Injury & Medical Negligence Law Firms in Greater Manchester. Given our long history in Manchester, we are undoubtedly local specialists but are more than happy to represent clients from across the country.
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Our Medical Negligence Solicitors act regularly for clients across Greater Manchester including Ashton, Bury, Bolton, Radcliffe, Prestwich, Middleton, Failsworth, Rochdale, Oldham, and Whitefield.
We can support your needs wherever you live in Wales, England & Northern Ireland.
We specialise in no win no fee claims, which means if you don't win, you won't have to pay.
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