How to Make a Medical Negligence Claim for Cancer
Today is World Cancer Day - a global effort to raise awareness of cancer and encourage its prevention, detection and treatment.
World Cancer Day highlights some devastating facts. For instance, some 9.6 million people across the world die from cancer each year - which is more than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis put together. And significantly, figures show that more than one third of cancer cases can be prevented, while another third can be cured if it’s detected early and treated properly.
The picture in the UK isn’t much different, as figures from Cancer Research UK show that the percentage of preventable cancer cases is similarly high - 38%, in fact. This all means that early detection and treatment is vitally important. Nevertheless, medical negligence claims arising out of cancer are surprisingly common.
For free legal advice get in touch with our Medical Negligence Solicitors.
Medical Negligence Cancer Claims
So what can you do if you feel your medical care did not meet the required standards, and your long-term health outlook was affected as a result? Medical negligence claims which result from cancer treatment are highly specialised and need to be dealt with in a compassionate manner.
Mistreatment can worsen what’s already a very serious condition. So if the cancer treatment or diagnosis fell below accepted medical practice, then you’re entitled to receive a fair amount of compensation to help you cope with the consequences and provide for your family.
How We Can Help You
If you wish to make a claim for compensation, we have an approachable and dedicated team of Medical Negligence Solicitors and Lawyers to advise you.
We can advise you on all aspects of cancer misdiagnosis including:
- Booking and triage errors
- Improper history taking and premature discharge from treatment
- Failures to refer to more specialist doctors
- Sub-standard physical examinations
- Misread scans and test results
- Failures to follow cancer treatment and diagnostic guidelines
- Sub-standard or incomplete surgery
- Failures to properly advise on treatment options
Should we take on your case, we can arrange your protective funding, assess your chances of winning, pursue the other side, arrange your medical appointments, negotiate on your behalf, and represent you in Court. You’ll also get regular updates by letter, telephone, text or e-mail, and you can call us at any time convenient to you.
What to Expect
Our Medical Negligence Solicitors will advise on all aspects of your case. Unlike some other types of claims, the initial error may not be noticed for many months until the chronic nature of the symptoms leads another doctor or nurse to question the original diagnosis or current treatment.
In many cases, hospital or GP surgery where the initial diagnosis was made will try to avoid paying compensation. However, keeping a daily diary of your symptoms can greatly improve the amount of compensation you receive.
Applying the law correctly isn’t straightforward and any uncertainty can stop you winning. There are strict legal tests to be met and these may cause delays if your evidence is unclear.
During your case, your injury will need assessing by independent medical experts and so you’ll have to attend any appointments we arrange for you. You should always be prepared to give evidence in Court just in case your case goes all the way to Trial.
What Will It Cost Me?
Most people can use existing insurance cover to pay for their legal costs. If you don’t have any, we may be able to offer you a No Win, No Fee agreement, so ask us for details.
Our Medical Negligence Solicitors have lots of experience of helping people win compensation for clinical and medical negligence. To get expert advice about making a medical negligence claim for cancer, contact us and we will help you.
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