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Pancreatic cancer misdiagnosis claims solicitors.
Pancreatic Cancer is one of the most aggressive and deadly forms of cancer, which means that misdiagnosis of the cancer can be the difference between living for several more years, or just a few months.
In the event that your pancreatic cancer is misdiagnosed because of a medical practitioner's negligence, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation, and MG Legal's friendly team of medical negligence experts, are here to help you and your loved ones.
Speak to one of MG Legal’s expert medical negligence solicitors today and find out how we can help you, all on a NO WIN NO FEE basis.
How is pancreatic cancer diagnosed?
Around 10,000 people every year are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, with around 75% of patients having a life-expectancy of twelve months or less and over 90% having a life expectancy of five years or less. Because of the rapid progression and high mortality rate, this makes early, accurate diagnosis all the more important.
One or more of the following steps and tests should be taken by a GP or medical professional if a patient presents any of the symptoms of pacreatic cancer:
External scans, such as ultrasound, PET, CT or MRI
Internal cameras and scans, usually using an endoscope
Biopsy, where a small sample of cells is taken from the pancreas and tested
Laparoscopy, also known as “keyhole surgery” to view the pancreas
A more invasive “scope” operation known as an ERCP
This list is not exhaustive, but shows the seriousness of pancreatic cancer, and the wide range of tests that can, and should, be performed on patients displaying the symptoms of pancreatic cancer in order to ensure a correct and timely diagnosis.
How does medical negligence occur in pancreatic cancer misdiagnosis claims?
The first port of call with anyone showing symptoms of pancreatic cancer is your GP, who, whilst not a trained oncologist, is trained to spot the danger signs and to immediately activate the “two week wait” protocol, which is a referral to the nearest hospital with an oncology (cancer) department to have a consultation within 14 days. At this consultation, you should be properly assessed, and tests performed to identify any potential cancer symptoms.
Medical negligence occurs when a medical professional, at any stage, misdiagnoses your symptoms as something else and any of the following occur:
Referrals not occurring, or not occurring quickly enough, to the correct department;
Misdiagnosis of symptoms as another condition;
Where tests are incorrectly ordered, meaning the full range of potential conditions is not screened;
Results are misread, or misinterpreted;
Results are not correctly related to the patient;
Treatment is incorrectly prescribed or surgeries improperly carried out.
How do I prove medical negligence in my pancreatic cancer claim?
There are two legal “tests” which generally establish is a practitioner has been negligent of not. The first is the Bolam test, which states that:
“the medical professional must demonstrate that they acted in a way that a responsible body of medical professionals in the same field would regard as acceptable or reasonable”
Quite simply, if most medical professionals would not have acted in the same way, those ways are most likely negligent.
There is also an issue of Consent, in that:
You must be given reasonable advice of the risks and benefits of a procedure before undergoing it.
If this is not done properly in advance of the procedure, then even a reasonable consequence can be the result of negligence. If you believe you were not properly informed of the risk of a complication or negative outcome, this would likely be negligent.
Medical negligence cases work on a case to case basis, and negligence can only truly be confirmed by a specialist medical professional. Here at MG Legal, we source our medical experts directly, rather than via a medical agency, which means we have a direct line of communication to each expert and can ensure they are the right person for your medical negligence case. This “hands-on” approach has resulted in a much more flexible and personal manner to communicate with experts in a wide range of fields, allowing us to better act for each of our clients.
What can I claim for in my pancreatic cancer misdiagnosis claim?
Your award for your personal injury itself, also known as General Damages, depends upon the content of your medical evidence, with particular focus on the outcome of the medical negligence. These damages are determined by the extent of your injuries, the level and duration of any pain, and the effect upon your life and ability to perform various tasks or activities.
The other financial element of your pancreatic cancer misdiagnosis claim is known as Special Damages. These include:
Lost Earnings (past, present and future)
Care Costs (both professional and family)
Cost of Future Treatment (including rectification treatment/surgery)
Cost of additional services eg. A cleaner, gardener etc
When you instruct MG Legal on your pancreatic cancer misdiagnosis, your medical negligence solicitor will ensure that every aspect of your claim and all losses are entirely covered and included in your claim. This way we ensure that when you receive your settlement, the money you receive truly reflects the losses and injuries you have suffered.
How long have I got to make a pancreatic cancer misdiagnosis claim for financial compensation?
Subject to the Limitation Act 1980, if you have suffered as a result of a pancreatic cancer misdiagnosis, then you have three years from the date of misdiagnosis, or from the date you became aware that a medical misdiagnosis occured, to pursue a claim for medical negligence compensation.
There are exceptions, for those under 18 years old at time of the cancer misdiagnosis, in that minors have three years from their 18th birthday within which to make a claim for medical negligence compensation.
Why choose MG Legal for my NO WIN NO FEE pancreatic cancer misdiagnosis claim?
At MG Legal, each solicitor takes a personal interest in each case, and we have a dedicated department dealing with medical negligence compensation claims. Bearing in mind the delicate nature of your cancer misdiagnosis claim, we understand that you will be upset, angry, and above all want an explanation as to why you have not received the appropriate treatment for your cancer.
When you instruct MG Legal's dedicated team of medical negligence solicitors, on a NO WIN NO FEE basis, you will receive our utmost attention, understanding, access to medical specialists, and the best legal advice, until your claim for medical negligence is settled.
If you have any questions or queries about pursuing a claim for medical negligence, please do not hesitate to contact our offices, for a no obligation, no cost chat. Our friendly team will advise how we can help you, and ensure that making a claim for medical negligence compensation is as stress free as possible for you, from start to finish.