There is a high prevalence of cancer in our society and this disease remains one of the greatest causes of mortality in both men and women. There have been significant improvements in the available treatments for many cancers and it has repeatedly been shown that early diagnosis significantly increases a person’s chances of recovery from most types of cancer.
Delays in diagnosis and treatment can therefore have devastating consequences. Such a delay may result in a much worse prognosis in terms not only of one’s life expectancy but also may impact upon the nature and invasiveness of the treatments which are required for a patient’s condition.
Delays in diagnosis can be the consequence of a failure to recognise or to act upon particular symptoms, failures to order or to interpret correctly blood tests, pathology samples or radiological scans or failures to order appropriate diagnostic tests.
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Where we can help
If you consider that your doctor or test centre ignored or failed to act upon warning signs of cancer or delayed carrying out or misdiagnosed the results of your cancer tests, it is important for you to seek expert legal advice in relation to whether you have grounds to bring a legal claim* in relation to the consequences of any negligent delay in diagnosis. Should there be grounds to bring such a claim, you may be entitled to obtain compensation for yourself and/or your family for the pain and suffering and loss of amenities which you have experienced and will continue to suffer as a consequence of the relevant medical treatment and you should also be able to recover the costs of additional or further remedial treatment which is required to ameliorate the consequences of your delayed diagnosis.
Our Legal Expertise
Susan and David both have over 25 years experience of practicing in medical negligence and healthcare law including in relation to cancer misdiagnosis cases.
Our lawyers have considerable experience in representing clients who have experienced a significant delay in a cancer diagnosis which has had a substantial impact upon their prognosis including their survival prospects. In the event you have received negligent medical treatment or care, we will be in a position to provide you with detailed advice regarding the prospects of successfully bringing a legal claim following a full assessment of the circumstances of your treatment, to secure the expert reports which will be necessary in order to fully investigate and to establish your claim and to guide you through the necessary legal processes which are involved in bringing such a medical negligence claim to trial in the event an adequate settlement cannot be negotiated.