Failure to diagnose cancer

2013 is a completely different world in terms of cancer diagnosis and treatment to what was merely 10 or 20 years ago.

The quality and indeed the variety of testing facilities is so much greater than in the past.

However this is not mean that diagnosing cancer correctly is an easy business nor is it fool proof. The results of tests are still open to interpretation and one experts opinion upon test results may differ widely from anothers. Correct diagnosis of cancer can be missed in some cases, and in some others may be diagnosed when there is no cancer at all. Whilst the latter may be preferable to the former, it is obvious that being informed by clinical professional that you have cancer will cause anxiety and possibly considerably worse.

Our expertise

Lloyd Green solicitors have dealt with cases where harm has been caused by failure to diagnose cancer, and where cancer has been diagnosed unnecessarily and caused psychological damage to the victim of that incorrect diagnosis.

In the case of a failure to diagnose cancer, this will almost invariably result in the cancer increasing and spreading and when eventually diagnosed it may be too late to treat at all and result in the person’s death sooner than otherwise have been the case, if at all.

As with all other types of clinical negligence cases a claim can be made if the result of the failure to diagnose cancer when it should have been diagnosed resulted in an adverse outcome for the patient.

Among the most prevalent types of cancer are cancer of the colon, bowel and prostate in men, and breast and cervical cancer in women.

In most cases of this type that we have handled successfully, failure by one clinician or another, whether that of the patient’s general practitioner or that of a consultant, to recognise the symptoms that were consistent with cancer, has tragically led to a reduced life expectancy.

We have even handled a case in which the patient was recommended to be put on a periodic review program following diagnosis and removal of cancerous tissue, to ensure that any recurrence of his prior cancer would be picked up and rectified promptly. However, extraordinarily, and tragically, by pure administrative error the periodic review was not diarised in the Trust’s computer system and inevitably cancer re-developed and was not picked up soon enough to be treatable the second time around.

In all of these types of circumstances a claim can potentially be made and successfully so which, although the claim itself will of course never bring back the loss of a loved one, it can nevertheless often result in the discovery of what went wrong, and an apology (as well as some financial compensation).

Please call us our clinical negligence team for a sensitive, a no obligation chat:

Our experts at Lloyd Green solicitors will do everything we possibly can to find out why a mistake was made, to obtain an apology for that mistake, and to obtain compensation for you, as quickly and as painlessly as possible.

Please do not hesitate to telephone us for a no obligation discussion about your situation or claim.


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