Ovarian Cancer Misdiagnosis
& Ovarian Cancer
At Sheldon Davidson Solicitors, we represent women who have suffered from an ovarian cancer misdiagnosis. When ovarian cancer symptoms are missed, or treatment is delayed, the disease has time to progress, which can make it more complicated to treat. We understand what this will mean for you and the impact that it will have, and we are here to help you every step of the way.
If you believe that you have suffered as the result of a misdiagnosis of ovarian cancer, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Our team of specialist cancer misdiagnosis solicitors understand the challenges that you are facing and will support you and your family through this difficult time.
Contact us for a free initial consultation; if you have a claim we will be by your side, fighting to ensure that you get the treatment and recompense that you deserve.
Do I have a claim?
When you have ovarian cancer, anything that delays you from receiving the correct treatment as swiftly as possible can have a serious impact on your health and overall prognosis. If a medical professional has failed to recognise your symptoms, or to properly diagnose your condition when they should have done so, you may have a claim for ovarian cancer misdiagnosis.
There are certain things that should happen when you seek medical advice for symptoms of ovarian cancer:
- At an appointment with your GP, any symptoms that may indicate the possibility of ovarian cancer should be taken seriously, and you should be properly examined and referred for the right diagnostic tests and investigations
- If you receive an abnormal test result, it should be promptly followed up
- You should be referred to a specialist if test results indicate that you may have ovarian cancer
- The correct diagnosis should be reached – many women are wrongly told that their symptoms are due to another, less serious medical condition
- You should receive the correct treatment, administered correctly and with care.
There are also instances where people are told that they have cancer, and are treated for it, when they are actually suffering from a less serious condition.
This can have a devastating impact on a patient who receives aggressive, unnecessary treatment, as well as suffering the psychological impact of believing that they are seriously ill.
If you believe that the treatment you received, or the way that your condition was diagnosed was not as it should have been, then you may be able to make a claim for ovarian cancer misdiagnosis. Get in touch – we will assess your case, and if we think that you have grounds for a claim we will work tirelessly on your behalf to ensure that you get the treatment and recompense that you need.
What am I entitled to?
If, as a result of an ovarian cancer misdiagnosis you have suffered adverse consequences to your health or wellbeing, then you may be able to claim compensation for the damage caused. General damages are a payment designed to compensate for loss of amenity or quality of life.
The amount awarded will reflect:
- whether your prognosis or life expectancy have been impacted by your misdiagnosis
- the length of recovery time you are facing
- physical and emotional pain and suffering caused as a result of the misdiagnosis.
As well as claiming for general damages, you may also be able to claim for:
- loss of earnings
- medical expenses incurred as a result of your misdiagnosis
- rehabilitation costs.
The amount payable will depend on the circumstances of your case and can only be calculated when we have a full understanding of the impact of your misdiagnosis on your health and chances of recovery.
For a free consultation, speak to one of our medical negligence team; they will appraise your case and will be able to give you a personalised estimate based on your particular situation.
How do I make a claim?
If you are thinking of making a claim for misdiagnosed ovarian cancer, the first step in the process is to get in touch with us so that we can assess your case. We will examine the circumstances of your diagnosis and treatment, gathering evidence with the help of independent medical experts.
Once we have all of the information, we will contact the practitioners responsible for your misdiagnosis, with the aim of settling your claim without having to go to court. Many cases settle out of court, which makes for a smoother process, but where that isn’t possible we will guide you through the process, keeping you informed at every stage.
Are there limits for making a misdiagnosis claim?
Medical negligence cases are subject to time limits as a rule. It is important to contact us as soon as possible – you have three years to claim from when the misdiagnosis took place. If you have any doubts about whether you still have time to make a claim, contact our medical negligence team; they will be able to advise you if your claim is still valid and whether there may be any discretion in your particular case.
Ovarian Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis
Roughly 20 women per day receive a diagnosis of ovarian cancer in the UK. Unfortunately, ovarian cancer can initially be symptomless, and when symptoms are present they are often easily mistaken for other issues, meaning that it can be difficult to effectively diagnose. As a result of this, almost 6 on 10 cases of ovarian cancer are diagnosed at a late stage, making it more difficult to treat, and potentially limiting the chance of a full recovery.
Survival rates are improving, and ovarian cancer can be treated effectively in many cases when caught early, highlighting the importance of early detection and treatment of the disease. A misdiagnosis can have a serious impact on a patient’s prognosis and overall chance of recovery, giving the disease time to progress and to spread to other organs.
When you visit your GP with symptoms that could suggest ovarian cancer, your concerns should be taken seriously. Your doctor should examine you physically, asking questions about your family history and general health.
If there is any suspicion that you may have ovarian cancer, you should be referred for further tests. Initially this may be a blood test to identify markers in the blood which can indicate ovarian cancer, and if there are any concerns following the test, you should be referred for an ultrasound scan.
Depending on the results from your ultrasound, further diagnostic tests may be needed.
- a CT scan
- an x-ray
- a needle biopsy
- a laparoscopy.
If, following testing you are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you will need further testing to establish what stage the disease has reached, and whether it has spread to affect other areas. When this is known, your treatment will be tailored to take into account the extent of the cancer.
Given the aggressive nature of ovarian cancer, treatment tends to be equally aggressive to give the best chance of eradicating it. Surgery is often recommended, usually involving a full hysterectomy, a procedure to remove your ovaries, fallopian tubes and womb, and where necessary any lymph nodes or surrounding tissue that may also be at risk.
Following surgery, you may need to follow up with a course of chemotherapy to ensure that any remaining cancer cells are wiped out, making them unlikely to return. Caught at the earliest stage, many women will recover following treatment – but survival rates decrease drastically with each stage of progression.
For this reason, we understand the devastation you will be feeling if you know that your condition could, and should have been treated earlier. If you feel that you have been let down by negligent care, contact us to discuss your situation.
We know that money cannot make amends for what has happened, but we will make sure that you get the care, treatment and recompense that you need to make your life easier at this challenging time.
Why choose Sheldon Davidson Solicitors?
Awareness of ovarian cancer and survival rates are improving year on year, but sadly we still see women who have suffered a delay or errors in the diagnosis and treatment of their disease. It can be difficult to diagnose, but that makes it even more important that your symptoms and concerns are dealt with as early as possible.
At Sheldon Davidson Solicitors, our medical negligence lawyers are on hand to help if you have received negligent care or treatment. We have successfully helped women who have suffered from an ovarian cancer misdiagnosis, helping them to secure the compensation and assistance that they need. If you feel that your care has been substandard at any stage of your diagnosis or treatment, reach out to us today.
We have the experience and the expertise required to take on your ovarian cancer misdiagnosis claim, but it’s crucial that you get in touch as early as possible.
We fully understand the fear and uncertainty that comes with a misdiagnosis, and we fight ceaselessly to ensure that our clients can access the medical treatment, care and financial support that they need.
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 Ovarian Cancer Misdiagnosis 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.
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