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Misdiagnosis and late cancer diagnosis claims

Specialist cancer misdiagnosis compensation solicitors

The shock of a cancer diagnosis is difficult enough to come to terms with, but discovering that a missed or delayed diagnosis prevented your cancer from being treated sooner is especially distressing. If you believe your cancer was misdiagnosed or diagnosed late due to medical negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

Call 0800 316 8892 or get in touch online for a free consultation to assess your claim. Our empathetic, specialist misdiagnosis solicitors will listen to your personal experience before advising you on whether you have grounds to bring a claim.

We will also explain the funding options open to you, including ‘no win, no fee’, where you only pay for our advice if your cancer claim is successful.

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Types of late cancer diagnosis or misdiagnosis claims

Generally, cancer is diagnosed early enough to be treated. However, although rare, medical professionals might make the wrong diagnosis, fail to diagnose cancer soon enough or even miss the signs altogether, sometimes with devastating, even terminal, consequences for the patient.

Cancer misdiagnosis claims may arise from:

  • A GP or doctor failing to refer a patient to a specialist, or referring them later than they could have done
  • A consultant failing to identify a malignancy from a scan or test results
  • Errors in pathology or radiology such as wrongly reporting test results
  • An administrative error resulting in essential monitoring or follow-ups failing to happen
  • Delays in the original diagnosis, essential investigations or treatment

Our cancer misdiagnosis experience

Our specialist medical negligence solicitors have many years’ experience handling cancer misdiagnosis claims and understand the nuanced differences between bringing a claim against the NHS and the private sector.

We can help you claim compensation for an incorrect, missed or delayed diagnosis of many types of cancer, including:

Regardless of the cancer you have, your chances of bringing a successful compensation claim will depend on the length of the delay, your prospects of being treated effectively when you could have been diagnosed and the difference that might have made to the outcome for you.

Why choose Clarke Willmott solicitors?

  • Specialist cancer claims solicitors accredited by the AvMA and Law Society medical negligence panels
  • Empathetic and considerate approach to support you at every step of the process
  • Successful track record of recovering significant compensation in complex misdiagnosis claims
  • A senior partner overseeing your claim so you can be confident you’re in the best hands and receiving expert advice
  • Trusted, full-service law firm with solicitors able to advise you on any legal matter beyond your cancer misdiagnosis claim

Speak to a specialist cancer misdiagnosis solicitor today

If you believe that your or a loved one’s cancer was misdiagnosed or spotted later than it should have been, call 0800 316 8892 or get in touch online for a free compensation claim consultation with a specialist medical negligence solicitor.

Cancer misdiagnosis – your questions answered

How do I know if my cancer was misdiagnosed?

It can be hard to know if your cancer misdiagnosis was due to medical negligence, so we’d always recommend arranging a free consultation to discuss your experience and whether you have a claim.

It’s reasonable to think your cancer was misdiagnosed if you saw your GP or a specialist months (even years) before you were diagnosed and had tests at a very early stage. However, some cancers are aggressive and difficult to treat, with poor prospects of survival no matter how early they are detected, and less common cancers can be difficult to diagnose. This can make it harder to bring a successful compensation claim on the grounds of misdiagnosis.

Can I claim compensation if I have terminal cancer?

Where a claimant has a terminal diagnosis, our experts will work sensitively with you to try and quickly establish whether your claim may be successful.

The right to bring a claim survives after death, so a family member is usually able to claim compensation for death caused by medical negligence.

Contact a medical negligence solicitor

If you or a family member think you may have a claim for a late cancer diagnosis or a misdiagnosis, book a free consultation with a specialist solicitor now on 0800 316 8892 or contact us online.

Your key contacts

Marguarita Tyne

Head of Personal Injury & Medical Negligence

Marguarita Tyne is a claimant clinical negligence solicitor who investigates and brings claims on behalf of patients who have been injured during the course of their medical treatment, acting mainly (but not exclusively) for brain injury claimants in high value and often complex litigation.
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Kerry Fifield

Partner and Clinical Negligence Team Manager

Kerry’s primary focus is the needs of the client and their family when pursuing a claim, taking into account that each client is an individual with specific requirements who needs to be supported in addition to the legal investigation.
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