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Cancer Compensation Claims
Some cancers can be missed when it should otherwise have been possible to detect them, and sometimes they are misdiagnosed or not diagnosed quickly enough. If this has happened to you or someone you know, the team at JMW can help you make a cancer compensation claim for the pain and suffering caused. Cancer misdiagnosis claims are among the most frequent cases dealt with by our solicitors and we are highly experienced in bringing a successful resolution.
It could not be simpler to speak to the expert solicitors at JMW about your situation and to receive advice about the best way to proceed with your case. Call us on 0800 054 6512 or complete our online enquiry form, which will enable us to give you a call back.
At one time, a diagnosis of cancer was considered a death sentence, but nowadays many cancers can be treated successfully, particularly if they are discovered in the early stages of the disease. On the whole, the earlier the diagnosis is made, the greater the chance of a successful outcome.
Unfortunately, this does not always happen, and errors made by medical professionals can result in the disease not being treated as early - or indeed not treated at all or treated incorrectly - as it should have been.
Misdiagnosis is often widely reported in the press and in the past there have been some high-profile cases in which cancer has been missed or wrongly diagnosed. An incorrect diagnosis can result in psychological harm, as well as unnecessary and unpleasant treatment and/or surgery. Many of these cancer negligence claims have recovered considerable damages.
There can be a delay in diagnosis of cancer for all kinds of reasons. Some of the more common include:
- De-skilled or incompetent doctors
- Overworked doctors
- Overstretched laboratory staff
- GPs who fail to recognise a particular cancer because they encounter it rarely
Common mistakes resulting in a delay in diagnosis are:
- Failure to monitor patients with a family history of cancer
- Failure to examine a patient
- Failure to investigate symptoms
- Not recognising signs and symptoms
- Ignoring, losing or misinterpreting test results
- Not referring to a specialist quickly enough
Angharad Hughes, one of JMW's specialist medical negligence solicitors, obtained £55,000 in compensation for a 32-year-old woman who had to have a hysterectomy after signs of cervical cancer were missed by a hospital.
Caroline's series of errors resulted in delayed treatment of cancer.
Pauline tragically died after appalling errors meant her breast cancer went undiagnosed. Although nothing could make up their loss, JMW's Sally Leonards secured Pauline's family £300,000 in compensation for their pain and suffering.
Walter was diagnosed with bladder cancer following an ultrasound scan. Unfortunately, there was a mix-up at the hospital surrounding his appointments for treatment and the cancer was not dealt with in time.
When Linda was 42 years old she found a small lump in her left breast and was referred to hospital. The lump was removed and found to be a fibroadenoma (non cancerous).
Andy was 50 years old when he had a heart attack and was admitted to hospital. The report of the chest X-ray noted a shadow on the lung which was suggestive of cancer and it was recommended that Andy have an urgent CT scan.
Andrew was first investigated at his local Hospital for abdominal pain. Hepatitis C (contracted abroad) was diagnosed following a liver biopsy. JMW Solicitors successfully claim £50,000 for clinical negligence
Margaret had a longstanding history of benign breast disease consisting of recurrent lumps in both breasts and breast pain. She was seen at a Breast Clinic at her local hospital for almost twenty years with these symptoms.
Len was a life-long cigar smoker. He also worked in a very dusty environment and from the age of 50 suffered from asthma and frequently recurring chest infections, particularly in the winter.
Caroline first consulted her GP with irregular periods when she was 29 years old. Over the following 10 years she had 3 cervical smears, all of which were reported as negative.
Glenice, a Lollypop lady, attended her GP when she noticed a lump in her right breast. She had previously had a benign breast lump removed. Other than, she was generally fit and well. She was referred to hospital and seen 4 weeks later. Glenice recalls having a mammogram and the doctor then suggested an ultrasound scan of the breast and a core biopsy.
After complaining of vaginal bleeding, Sue underwent a hysteroscopy to remove a uterine polyp. She had previously had a number of similar polyps successfully removed by D&C.
When Jane was 42 years old she noticed a lump in her left breast. She was seen by her GP who referred her to her local Hospital.
Legal action to obtain compensation for clinical negligence is a highly specialist area of the law, so the need to have an experienced and specialist trained solicitor is crucial. Our solicitors have dealt with many erroneous and late cancer diagnosis claims over the years, and we have become experts in this field of medical negligence law, often recovering considerable compensation for our clients.
We are able to deal with claims using a no win, no fee scheme in appropriate cases. We offer a free advice session either personally or on the telephone and, if after talking to us you decide not to take matters further, you are under no obligation to do so and you will not be charged for our initial advice session.
The clinical negligence team at JMW includes members of both the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence and the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors panel. Headed by Eddie Jones, the team is among the most respected in the UK.