If you suffer from any form of cancer, early diagnosis is vital if you’re to have the best chance of survival. When initial signs of breast cancer are missed, the window of opportunity for early treatment can be lost, and you may be denied the best chance of returning to health. Should that be the case, we can help you put forward a claim for missed diagnosis of breast cancer.
Our team of medical negligence specialists, who have been working in the field for over 25 years, are here to help you make a claim for compensation.
You can rest assured your claim is being handled by experts who are accredited by the Law Society, AvMA and are top-ranked in both Chambers and Legal 500 legal directories. A partner in the team has also offered expert comment for national press on the recent breast cancer screening scandal.
What happens when you contact us
If you choose to contact us regarding a claim for missed diagnosis of breast cancer, we will:
- aim to contact you within one working day to discuss your potential claim
- review your medical records to get a better picture of what has happened
- if you have a claim, we will pursue it on your behalf.
Specialist advice focused on cancer misdiagnosis compensation claims
Sometimes a late diagnosis can lead to a patient having to endure a more severe form of treatment than might have initially been the case. In other cases it can sadly even be fatal. Our expert medical team can help bring cancer misdiagnosis compensation claims to cover any negligence.
- Expertise for every situation
Your GP may not have made a referral when he or she should. Alternatively, a scan may have been misinterpreted or symptoms misunderstood. Our experience across a wide range of cancer types and cases means we know how to deal with diverse claim types.
- Focused on your individual needs
Whatever the nature and severity of your condition, our years of knowledge of dealing with cancer misdiagnosis compensation claims means we can offer you tailored advice and support.
- Making the legal complexities more straightforward
Every cancer misdiagnosis compensation claim is completely unique. So you’ll need expert help to bring a claim, as the legal arguments and medical issues are often extremely complex. We have the specialist understanding to help you every step of the way.
How long do you have to make a claim for missed breast cancer?
For cases of missed breast cancer, you will usually have three years to make a claim from when you became aware that your breast cancer was missed or misdiagnosed.
Can you claim for someone who has died of breast cancer?
Sadly, people sometimes die before their family is made aware that their cancer was missed. In cases such as these, you may be entitled to make a claim for the death of a loved one.
How much compensation might you receive for a claim?
The compensation you receive will be based upon your own individual situation. It is calculated based upon ‘general damages’ which are set by guidelines, and your own ‘special damages’ that are dependent on your specific situation.
How long will a claim for a missed diagnosis of breast cancer take?
It depends on a number of factors – for example, whether your opponent is denying there was a fault, whether you need further treatment, whether the case needs a medical expert, and whether the case needs to go to court. Your solicitor will be able to let you know how long it should take, however it is rare for a case to take longer than three years.
How can a claim be funded?
There are a number of possible ways to fund a medical negligence claim, the most popular of which is no win, no fee funding.
Missed breast cancer case study
Royds Withy King helped a client who had an 18-month delay in the diagnosis of her breast cancer.
In this case, our client had gone for a mammogram screening and ultrasound scan, which did not identify any cancer. However, two years later she was diagnosed with breast cancer which required excision and led to further cancer which required additional surgery and three cycles of chemotherapy.
The NHS later contacted our client to inform her that the cancer should have been identified on her very first scan and that therefore, there had been a delay of 18 months in her diagnosis.
Fortunately, the client’s treatment was working. However, it was established that if she had received the diagnosis earlier, the cancer would have been at a much easier stage to treat and she would have avoided a number of surgeries and painful treatments and would have had a longer life expectancy of around three years.
With our help our client managed to secure compensation for the delay.