If symptoms of lung cancer have been missed or there was a delay in diagnosis, you may be able to claim compensation for medical negligence.
Lung cancer is a progressive disease, so your chances of recovery or prolonging your life are much greater with early intervention. A lung cancer misdiagnosis can therefore lead to a delay in treatment and severely reduce your chances of survival.
Our Medical Negligence Solicitors are here to help people affected by lung cancer misdiagnosis claim compensation. Get in touch with us for a free consultation, and we’ll look at the details of your case. We may be able to act for you on a No Win, No Fee basis, so ask us for details.
Claims for Lung Cancer Misdiagnosis
GPs and hospital doctors are trained to recognise the pattern of symptoms that can indicate lung cancer. So if they failed to act on them and refer you to a specialist, and the cancer is diagnosed later and the delay affects your treatment, this raises the possibility of medical negligence having taken place.
Examples of errors that can lead to cancer misdiagnosis include:
- The misreading of x-rays
- Scan results being interpreted incorrectly
- Incorrectly administered or misread tests
- X-ray, scan or test results being mixed up with those of another patient
You may also have a claim for medical negligence if your lung cancer was diagnosed as another type of cancer, and as a result, you received the wrong treatment, as this can be just as harmful as failing to diagnose lung cancer in the first place.
Why Should I Make a Lung Cancer Misdiagnosis Claim?
A lung cancer misdiagnosis can be potentially fatal, so it’s vital that any errors by healthcare practitioners are highlighted and investigated, so the same mistakes don’t happen again.
Claiming compensation for your misdiagnosis of lung cancer can help to set this in motion and shine a spotlight on possible healthcare failings. Furthermore, if your treatment was delayed due to a misdiagnosis, it may have affected your chances of recovery or result in physical, emotional or psychological difficulties. But with a financial settlement from a successful compensation claim, you can ensure you receive the care and support you need.
Where a loved one has died as a consequence of delayed treatment from a cancer misdiagnosis, a compensation settlement can also provide the support you need to help come to terms with your loss, and get a sense of closure and justice.
How Long Do I Have to Make a Claim?
You can claim compensation within 3 years of the date it was discovered that your lung cancer was misdiagnosed, or from when a loved one died. If you’re planning to take legal action on behalf of a child, you have until they reach the age of 18 to start a claim, after which the standard 3-year time limit applies.
Our team of specialist Medical Negligence Solicitors have a great deal of experience of dealing with claims for missed and delayed diagnosis of cancer and a strong track record of success.
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To find out whether you have grounds for a lung cancer misdiagnosis compensation claim, get in touch with our specialist team for expert legal advice.
We’re dedicated to providing a friendly, understanding and professional service, focused on achieving the best outcome for our clients. And we’ll work tirelessly to make sure you get the amount of compensation you’re entitled to.
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