In order for treatment of cancer to be effective, it is essential that it be diagnosed as early as possible. Since many forms of cancer are extremely serious, and many are life threatening, it can be detrimental to recovery if there is a delay in diagnosis, or a complete misdiagnosis. Whenever there is a failure to provide a correct diagnosis, which can happen for a variety of reasons, medical negligence may have occurred and damages or compensation for loss may be requested by a solicitor through a court of law. The most common forms of medical negligence resulting in a delayed or missed diagnosis include the following :
- failure to carry out a complete physical examination
- failure to properly address and diagnose an issue that may present itself during a physical examination
- failure to order a specialised test such as pap smear, x-rays, mammogram, MRI, CT scan, or ultrasound
- failure to properly evaluate test results to confirm a diagnosis
- failure to diagnose a cancerous tumor as such, dismissing it for a less serious condition
- failure to order follow up tests
- incorrectly identifying a tumor
- not taking the time to properly interpret tests, scans, or other data
- failure to properly analyze blood test information
- not taking adequate time to collect information from the patient regarding pain or discharge
- not taking note of obvious symptoms or warning signs present in the patient
- failure to order biopsies to test for abnormalities
- failure to respond in a prompt manner after analyzing test information
- not following up with a patient to monitor symptoms
- not providing all of the recommended treatment options
- not taking into consideration a patient’s family history
- misplacing medical files
Misdiagnosis of cancer due to clinical negligence is becoming an all too common problem. While tens of thousands of people are properly diagnosed with cancer every year, there many people who are improperly misdiagnosed, or diagnosed too late, which may cause the illness to worsen, requiring more aggressive treatment and a less likely chance of a full recovery. In these situations it may be possible to claim damages for your injuries and losses by instructing a medical negligence solicitor on your behalf.
There are also occasions when a false positive diagnosis of cancer may be due to medical negligence. A false positive diagnosis can be just as damaging as cancer being missed. Patients who have had to endure this situation may have had to undergo dangerous treatment, including chemotherapy or radiation both of which come with their own life threatening complications. Patients may also suffer losses and expenditure to get their estates in order, which would not have otherwise been needed. In the event that a false positive diagnosis of cancer has been made, a medical negligence claim can be started by a solicitor in order to recoup damages for psychological and physical injuries.
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If you or someone you know has suffered a misdiagnosis, a delayed diagnosis, or you have been falsely diagnosed with cancer and you underwent treatment that could have been unnecessary or would not be as effective as in earlier stages, a medical negligence solicitor may be able to start a claim for compensation . Our solicitors handle all claims on a no win no fee* basis. We operate the no win no fee scheme otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client. If you would like to receive a free consultation with no obligation please contact our office for more information.