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Cancer cases

Cancer is a well-known disease that many people die of every year worldwide as it can sometimes be difficult to detect early enough to receive an effective course of treatment.

What is cancer misdiagnosis?

Misdiagnosis of cancer can occur in several situations.  The most common situations are where the cancer is not detected as early as it could have been and where cancer is diagnosed where it is not actually present.

Cancer is generally easier to treat in the earliest stages either by operation or a course of treatment.  If cancer is not detected until a later stage then this can result in further treatment being required and in the worst case the cancer being at a stage where it is untreatable.

Where cancer is diagnosed where it is not present, this can result in psychological problems as well as receiving unnecessary treatment and even surgery.  It may also leave original symptoms and related problems untreated.

Long-term support and care

The effects of misdiagnosis of cancer vary greatly from requiring mental health support for anxiety, to death due to untimely diagnosis and treatment.  Psychological disorders can remain long term as a result of false diagnosis which may result in you requiring medication and therapy. Late diagnosis may result in surgery which can physically and psychologically affect you.

We have a wide range of contacts with organisations that can assist you and can work closely with you. 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.

When should I contact a solicitor?

You or your family should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The sooner we can commence work on your claim the sooner we can begin to assist you.

We can advise you on your benefit rights and also advise on dealing with debts which might arise due to being off work. 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.

Can I claim compensation for misdiagnosis or late diagnosis of cancer?

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.

If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.

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