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Ovarian Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
A diagnosis of ovarian cancer can be enormously stressful for women, even when diagnosed promptly, so it is all the more distressing when patients are also faced with medical negligence that puts their wellbeing at further risk.
Substandard care, such as a delayed or incorrect diagnosis, can result in worse outcomes and a decreased likelihood of successful treatment. If you have been affected by clinical negligence in relation to ovarian cancer, you may be able to make a compensation claim.
The team of specialist clinical negligence solicitors at JMW has extensive experience of helping people to secure the compensation they deserve by providing expert legal guidance throughout the process. Call us free on 0800 054 6512 or complete our online enquiry form to find out whether you may be eligible for compensation.
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Approximately 1.5% of women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer at some point in their lifetime. The exact cause is unknown, but there are a number of risk factors that have been shown to increase a person’s likelihood of developing the disease:
- A family history of cancer - individuals with at least one first-degree relative who has had cancer of the ovaries are at increased risk, which rises depending on how many relatives have been affected. A family history of breast or colon cancer is also an influential factor
- A personal history of cancer - women who have previously contracted breast or colon cancer have a greater chance of developing cancer of the ovaries later on
- Age - ovarian cancer occurs most often in women over the age of 50
- Reproductive history - women who are childless are more likely to develop ovarian cancer than women who have reproduced, with higher numbers of children associated with a progressively lower risk
- Fertility drug usage - repeated use of fertility therapies can increase the risk of cancer, as can hormone replacement therapy
Symptoms of ovarian cancer can include:
- abdominal discomfort or pain
- nausea, diarrhoea, constipation or frequent urination
- loss of appetite
- feeling bloated even after a light meal
- weight gain or loss
- abnormal vaginal bleeding
If you, a family member or friend are at all concerned about ovarian cancer, it is recommended that you speak to a doctor as soon as possible.
Reasons to claim for compensation
You may be eligible to make an ovarian cancer compensation claim if you have been a victim of medical negligence, meaning you have received substandard treatment, been denied timely access to treatment or experienced some other departure from accepted standards of medical care.
For example, you may have requested testing for ovarian cancer but were denied. Alternatively, a medical professional may have incorrectly diagnosed your symptoms or missed them altogether. This in turn may have resulted in your condition progressing and becoming more difficult to treat successfully.
If you are unsure whether or not your situation warrants a claim, it may be worth speaking to a solicitor about the details of the case to find out whether you may be eligible for compensation.
At JMW, our team of experienced lawyers are happy to offer advice about making a claim, and will inform you of any funding options available and realistic settlements to expect. We employ solicitors who are members of the Law Society’s panel of medical negligence experts and are well-placed to deal with your claim professionally and sensitively.
We will work to make the process as stress-free as possible for you; after all, we have dealt with countless clinical negligence cases of this kind, so we have a strong understanding of what you’ll be going through and the type of support you’ll need.