Cancer misdiagnosis

  • When cancer is misdiagnosed, or there is a delay in diagnosis, the effects can be serious.
  • Whether your cancer was diagnosed too late, or if you were diagnosed with cancer when cancer wasn’t present, we can help assess whether you can bring a claim.

Cancer is a well-known disease, claiming many lives every year. In some cases, it can be difficult to detect cancer early enough in order for treatment to be effective.

Sadly, cancer can be misdiagnosed. Most commonly, cancer is not detected as early as it could have been. There are also instances where cancer is diagnosed where it is not actually present.

When cancer is caught early, it is inevitably generally easier to treat by operating or with a course of treatment. However when cancer is identified at a later stage, it can result in further treatment being required. In the worst cases, the cancer may be untreatable.

If cancer is diagnosed when it isn’t actually present, the effects can be serious including long-term psychological problems which may require medication and therapy. In addition, an individual may receive unnecessary treatment and even surgery, sometimes leaving original symptoms and related problems untreated.

The effects of cancer misdiagnosis can vary greatly from requiring mental health support for anxiety, to death. A late cancer diagnosis can result in surgery that can affect an individual both physically and psychologically.

Claiming compensation

We may be able to help you with a claim for compensation where:

  • You have been delayed treatment as a result of late diagnosis where there is reason to believe it ought to have been noticed earlier;
  • You have suffered as a result of misdiagnosis where you do not have cancer;
  • Your relative has died as a result of late diagnosis resulting in treatment being unavailable.

We have a wide range of contacts with organisations who can work closely with you to help secure the help you need. These include:

  • Case managers who will assess and organise any support and care you may need;
  • Support workers who will visit you on a regular basis to provide you support and help;
  • Community rehabilitation such as occupational therapy.

If you think you may have may have had a cancer misdiagnosis, you or your family should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The sooner we can begin work on your claim the sooner we can start to help you.

Whilst dealing with your claim, our specialist community care team can also provide you with advice and support in relation to your entitlement to health and social care at home or in the community.

If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of clinical negligence please contact Anne Cassidy.

We have offices in Southampton, London, Woking, Lymington, Richmond and Guildford. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.