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Breast cancer misdiagnosis claim solicitors.
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK, with almost 50,000 new cases every year, and as many as one in eight women in the UK having invasive breast cancer at some time in their lives.
As with all cancers, early diagnosis is key to getting the right treatment and limiting the growth of the cancer. Unfortunately, breast cancer if often misdiagnosed, and research has found that four out of 10 patients with cancer in the UK receive the wrong diagnosis at least once before their disease is correctly diagnosed.
What are the most common causes of delays in breast cancer cases?
One of the most common questions that our cancer misdiagnosis solicitors hear from our potential clients is 'when does my breast cancer treatment become a medical negligence claim?' There are many acts of medical negligence that lead to breast cancer diagnosis being delayed.
The most common causes of delays are:
Failure to recognise the symptoms of breast cancer;
Failure to carry out adequate examinations or tests, for example where your symptoms suggesting that you have breast cancer, and your GP doesn’t examine you or refer you to a specialist for tests;
Failure to advise you to return for further review, if symptoms persist or worsen;
Mistakes by medical professionals who interpret test results;
An abnormal mammogram or test result isn’t followed up;
A MRI, Ultrasound result, or biopsy isn’t reported correctly;
Your symptoms are misdiagnosed as something else.
If your medical treatment has been negligent, then our friendly solicitors will accept your claim for breast cancer misdiagnosis, on a no win no fee basis.
Can I make a claim for a delayed breast cancer misdiagnosis?
The short answer to this question is yes. If you have visited your GP, or a medical professional, with a lump in the breast or another recognised symptom of breast cancer, and have had a delay in treatment, or a delayed referral to a specialist, that has led to your breast cancer spreading, you can make a breast cancer negligence claim.
For a full overview of the different types of cancer misdiagnosis claims, see here.
What can happen if a breast cancer diagnosis is delayed?
After establishing the act of medical negligence that led to your breast cancer misdiagnosis, or delayed breast cancer misdiagnosis, the next step of a cancer misdiagnosis claim is to establish how this misdiagnosis has affected the spreading of the cancer. There are a number of different ways in which a delays breast cancer diagnosis can affect a patient, and lead to further surgeries.
Cosmetic deformity to the breast, requiring reconstructive surgery;
Thickening of the breast;
Breasts changing colour and size;
Affect the liver, kidneys, brain, muscles and bones;
Damage to the integumentary system - the organ system consisting of the skin, hair, nails, and exocrine glands;
Lymph nodes being unnecessarily removed from the armpit;
Lymphoedema, a disabling condition where the arm swells and becomes painful.
How long do I have make a breast cancer misdiagnosis claim?
If you have been unfortunate enough to suffer a breast cancer misdiagnosis of any kind at the hands of a medical practitioner, then do not hesitate to contact MG Legal’s friendly team of expert medical negligence solicitors.
If you have suffered as a result of medical negligence, then you have three years from the date of the negligence, or from your knowledge that the medical practitioner’s negligence has caused your cancer to be misdiagnosed, or worsen, within which to pursue a claim for compensation. The three year time limit is subject to the Limitation Act 1980.
These time limits differ when making a claim on behalf of someone with limited mental capacity, or for a minor under the age of 18. If you have any questions or queries, then please do not hesitate to contact one of MG Legal’s medical negligence experts as soon as possible.
Cancer misdiagnosis claims can be rather complex to investigate, with our solicitors required to obtain, at times, many years of medical notes, sometimes amounting to thousands of pages. So, while you have three years within which to pursue a medical negligence compensation claim, it is wise to put the wheels in motion sooner, rather than later, to avoid the process being rushed in any way.
Make a NO WIN NO FEE breast cancer misdiagnosis claim with MG Legal's specialist medical negligence solicitors:
MG Legal's medical negligence solicitors have over 30 years of experience in all aspects of medical negligence claims, including cancer misdiagnosis claims. They accept all cancer misdiagnosis claims on a NO WIN NO FEE basis, meaning that if we do not win your claim, and win financial compensation for you as our client, then you owe us nothing, making the process financially risk-free. Our team are able to work in this way due to our unmatched success rate of over 99%.
If you would like to speak to a specialist cancer misdiagnosis solicitor about your breast cancer misdiagnosis, you can do so on a no-obligation, cost-free basis. We know that this may be a difficult time in your life, where you feel confused about who you can trust after the failings of a medical professional to properly diagnose your cancer, so we make sure to take the time to speak with all potential clients one-on-one, and be completely open and transparent about the strength of their breast cancer misdiagnosis claim.
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