Missed cancer diagnosis compensation claims solicitors.
To find out that you have cancer is often overwhelming, and the effects, lifechanging.
Finding out that you have cancer, or your cancer has spread because of a medical practitioner’s misdiagnosis, can be even worse.
If you’ve suffered as a result of medical negligence, MG Legal’s specialist medical negligence experts will help you get the compensation you deserve.
What are the most common misdiagnosed forms of cancer?
Listed as being the second most common cause of death in the UK, with 164,000 people dying of cancer in the UK from 2016 -2018, it is obvious that cancer is prevalent in our society. There are however many other illnesses and diseases that mimic the signs of cancer, leaving medical practitioners who don’t carry out the appropriate tests for cancer, puzzled, until sometimes, it is all too late.
Research by the All.Can cancer initiative, warns that one in five of UK cancer patients said they waited more than six months to get the correct diagnosis. Rather candidly, the All.Can cancer initiative’s report found that the NHS’s failure to provide a quick, accurate diagnosis is costing patients their lives and costing the NHS money.
Though the NHS and government have targeted earlier diagnosis, successive reports have found the UK is lagging behind other nations, with too many cancers being caught after they’ve already spread.
In the UK, in 2017, almost half of all cancer deaths were lung, bowel, breast or prostate cancer. In 2018, Cancer Research UK found that 22 per cent of the 356,000 people diagnosed with cancer each year were only picked up when the attended A&E.
Some of the most common cancers thought to be misdiagnosed due to their symptoms being linked to another illness include:
What mistakes lead to cancer negligence claims?
There are more than 200 different types of cancer, and each is diagnosed and treated in a different way, specific to that type of cancer. With such a vast amount of different cancers out there, diagnosis can sometimes be mistaken. Symptoms that can often be shared with other illnesses, and doctors and professionals can and do get it wrong, leaving you or your loved ones with irreparable damage, often leading to the loss of a family member.
Nowadays, cancer misdiagnosis is quite common, and known to be on the rise. One of the most common breaches our team of medical negligence experts have worked with, is when a patient attends their GP who fails to recognise that the symptoms may be a sign of cancer and this leads to a delay in the patient being referred to a specialist, and therefore a delay being diagnosed and treated.
The NHS state that changes to your body's normal processes or unusual, unexplained symptoms can sometimes be an early sign of cancer, with symptoms that need to be checked by a doctor including, lumps that suddenly appear on your body, unexplained bleeding, or changes to your bowel habits. The NHS also says that, in many cases, symptoms will not be related to cancer and will be caused by other, non-cancerous health conditions.
MG Legal’s medical negligence experts find that the many cases that the NHS finds not to be cancer, sometimes has an impact on the GP, or surgeon, with whom our client seeks instruction, and from the outset, as the medical practitioner does not believe the signs of cancer are there, the correct procedures to detect cancer, including Imaging tests, computerized tomography (CT) scan, bone scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET) scan, ultrasound and X-ray, are not carried out.
There is no doubt that as soon as you contact your medical practitioner, your medical practitioner owes you a duty of care. Subject to the case of Bolam v Friern Hospital Management Committee , the standard of care owed to you by your medical practitioner, from your GP, dentist, or NHS surgeon, is ‘…the standard of the ordinary skilled man exercising and professing to have that special skill.”
Unfortunately, as we are well aware, often our medical practitioners fail in exercising the standard of the ordinary skilled man, and the cause of cancer negligence claims is usually always a result of one, or both of the following:
Medical Misdiagnosis: where a patient has been misdiagnosed with cancer or misdiagnosed with a less serious condition, and has unnecessary treatment or unnecessary surgery or when a medical professional diagnoses you with the wrong condition or fails to diagnose any problem at all.
Delays in diagnosis: Late diagnosis – also known as delayed diagnosis: when a patient's condition is initially missed by a medical professional, only diagnosing the condition or illness at a more advanced stage. This can occur if a GP or medical professional has misread test results, failed to read the symptoms correctly or not taken the patient seriously when they have attended upon their surgery.
How do I prove my medical treatment was negligent?
MG Legal’s medical negligence solicitors are experts in their field. Often in cases where cancer has been misdiagnosed, the negligence is glaringly obvious, with incorrect, completely useless treatment being prescribed for months, if not years, as a result of medical misdiagnosis. Often our injured clients will come to our offices with a letter of apology from the NHS, or their medical practitioner, admitting fault for the negligent treatment, and offering their deepest sympathies. Whilst this makes the job of our expert solicitors easier, it does not get you any compensation, and that’s where our friendly medical negligence experts can help you, on a no win no fee basis.
On many occasions, the medical practitioner may steadfastly deny liability, or that their treatment caused you to be injured, at all. Our solicitors then get to work proving that your cancer misdiagnosis, or the delay in a diagnosis of cancer, has caused you injury or harm, that could have been avoided if you were to receive the appropriate, proper medical treatment, in the first place.
If you think that a medical professional failed to fulfil their responsibilities, and their failure caused you unnecessary harm, contact us now and we'll be able to advise you on how we can gather evidence for your medical negligence claim.
How do I pay for a cancer negligence claim?
There are various ways of funding a cancer negligence claim, from privately funding your claim, to any Legal Expenses Insurance that you may have. However, the law states that you are able to instruct your own solicitor in relation to any claim for personal injury, and if you contact MG Legal, and our expert medical negligence solicitors accept your claim, then we will accept instruction on a no win no fee basis, with no financial risk to yourself. What this means is if you lose your case, you won't have to pay anything. At MG Legal, we are proud to offer all medical negligence instructions we accept, on a no win no fee basis because those who have suffered as a result of the medical negligence of another, should have access to justice, with no upfront costs, and no unnecessary legal jargon. Contact one of our friendly team, for a no obligation chat, with no cost to you.
Why choose MG Legal for my missed cancer diagnosis compensation claim?
If you choose MG Legal’s medical negligence specialists to handle your cancer misdiagnosis compensation claim, then you will deal with the same person until we conclude your case. We know that in times like this, when you have been let down by the medical profession, you need a strong, reliable legal team you can rely on. There will be no ringing around trying to get hold of your solicitor, and leaving messages with reception- you will have your solicitor’s direct dial, and email address. At MG Legal, we only employ the best people we can find, and most have been with us since we set up, 10 years ago. During that time, we have settled thousands of medical negligence claims, including claims for cancer misdiagnosis, including missed sarcoma diagnosis, missed bladder cancer, misdiagnosed lung cancer, and cases of misdiagnosed breast cancer. We do our very best to make our clients happy and, because of our hard work, our clients have been awarded millions of pounds in personal injury compensation. If you like your solicitors to use normal language, with no legal jargon for the sake of it, and to get the job done, as and when they say they will, then look no further, and welcome to MG Legal. We also know that not all of our clients bring a claim for cancer misdiagnosis, just for the money. The compensation is of course important, and can give the help you need to move on, and build a normal life. In addition to the compensatory award, MG Legal’s medical negligence solicitors can ensure that you receive an explanation, for the negligent treatment, and receive an apology from the medical team that are the cause of your claim for cancer misdiagnosis compensation.