If you suffer from a form of cancer, early diagnosis is vital if you’re to have the best chance of survival.
When initial signs 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 cancer misdiagnosis compensation claim.
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.
We have expertise in many different types of claim, including:
- incorrectly diagnosing cancer leading to unnecessary and damaging surgery and psychological trauma
- delays in diagnosing cancer, worsening the future prognosis or leading to otherwise unnecessary treatment
- incorrect advice suggesting cancer was “cured” and treatment no longer required, leading to a poor future prognosis as the disease became terminal.
When might I have a claim for cancer misdiagnosis?
Your GP may not have made a referral when he or she should, a scan may have been misinterpreted or delayed or symptoms misunderstood. Alternatively, you may have been given incorrect advice about the status of your cancer and missed out on treatment. Our experience across a wide range of cancer types and cases means we know how to deal with diverse claim types.
What if someone close to me has died from cancer misdiagnosis?
If someone close to you has died as a result of misdiagnosed cancer, you will need to make a fatal claim. The process of making a claim on behalf of someone who has died is slightly different; however we have the expertise to help you through it. You can find out more about our fatal claims team here.
We can even help you bring an inquest, to help you and your family find out what happened in the event of a death due to cancer misdiagnosis. Find out more about medical inquests here.
How long do I have to make a claim?
If you are making a claim, usually you will need to issue your claim in court (if it cannot be settled) within three years of the date of the negligence. In the event of a fatal claim, you would have three years from the date of death to bring proceedings in court.
Find out more about time limits for medical negligence claims here.
How can I fund a claim for cancer misdiagnosis?
There are a range of funding options open to you when pursuing cancer misdiagnosis compensation, however the most common is a Conditional Fee Agreement; more commonly known as No Win No Fee funding. This means that you are protected from having to pay your opponents costs in the unlikely event that we take forward the claim and are unsuccessful.
How much compensation am I likely to receive?
For cancer misdiagnosis claims, the damages awarded can be substantial depending on the nature of the case.
Damages are calculated based upon any financial loss you have experienced (for example, if you had to take time off work as a result of the negligence, or if the primary earner in your family has passed away) and also the pain and suffering that was inflicted as a result of the negligence.
Why choose Royds Withy King?
Whatever the nature and severity of your condition or the condition of a loved one, our years of knowledge of dealing with cancer misdiagnosis compensation claims means we can offer you tailored advice and support.
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.
“I cannot for the life of me think of anyone else who could have dealt with my case in the way that you did. I trusted you absolutely from the start and that trust was never misplaced. There are very few people who have made a major (good) impact on my life and I can only think of three of them. You are, without a doubt, the one I shall always remember as the best”.
Royds Withy King Cancer Misdiagnosis Client