No win, no fee delayed cancer diagnosis claims
You can be represented by a highly-experienced delayed cancer diagnosis lawyer at no upfront cost to you. Under our No Win No Fee agreement you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of the compensation awarded if your case is successful.
Delayed cancer diagnosis compensation claims
Every delay in cancer diagnosis and treatment is a risk to a person’s health and potential recovery; these delays are unacceptable and they can also be a breach of duty of care.
In many cases people whose treatment for cancer is delayed have less favourable outcomes and a higher risk of dying. In the case of Mary Badham, experts said a delay of two years cost her 10 years of life.
Our delayed cancer diagnosis solicitors have supported hundreds of clients and their families, providing expert legal support to question and challenge the care they received and securing damages for the impact it has on their lives.
Our dedicated medical negligence team has vast experience, ensuring your case or the case of a loved one is investigated thoroughly and sensitively and you are provided with the support you and your family need.
Specialist delayed cancer diagnosis solicitors
Our dedicated medical negligence team have vast experience ensuring your case, or the case of a loved one, reflects the severity of the situation.
If you have received a delayed cancer diagnosis or misdiagnosis, our specialist medical negligence experts can support you in your claim and help you:
- Receive an explanation about your treatment.
- Get an apology.
- Secure delayed cancer diagnosis compensation.
Why cancer diagnosis delays happen
- Doctors not attributing a patient’s symptoms to cancer.
- Not being sent for appropriate tests.
- Delays in waiting times for tests and for test results.
- Patients not being contacted about their test and scan results.
- Scans not being correctly interpreted.
- Missing signs of cancer on scans.
Due to the pandemic, waiting times for a cancer diagnosis and treatment have increased and it is likely many more people will have symptoms diagnosed late.
Ensuring you get the medical negligence compensation you deserve
Portsmouth Hospital Trust caused 12 month delay in liver cancer diagnosis by failing to recall patient for scheduled reviews
A hospital trust has admitted causing a 12-month delay in diagnosing a patient’s liver cancer and agreed an out-of-court damages settlement with his widow. The patient, from Hampshire, was under the care of Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust for liver disease but was not recalled for vital blood tests and scans as he should have […]
Judge rules in favour of terminally ill cancer patient in legal case Hull hospital trust defended in court – despite already admitting negligent care
A judge has ruled in favour of a terminally ill cancer patient – and awarded her damages – in a case against a hospital Trust which took the matter to a trial despite having already admitted its treatment had been negligent. Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust admitted its failure to recall Denise Fallon for […]
Hospital Trust to challenge terminally ill patient’s case in court despite admitting its negligence led her to missing reviews to scan for cancer
An NHS Trust is challenging a legal case brought against it by a patient alleging delayed diagnosis of terminal lung cancer – despite admitting its negligence caused her to miss reviews and scans. It means Denise Fallon, 68, of Hull, who is already two years beyond her life expectancy due to her illness, will have […]
Husband’s slow-growing lung cancer was missed on scans five years before eventual diagnosis – when it was then too late to operate
A hospital trust has admitted breaching its duty of care as it missed lung cancer on scans of a 64-year-old patient, leading to a slow-developing tumour which grew to an inoperable stage by the time it was discovered more than five years later. The man’s widow said she became ‘sick’ of warning doctors about her […]
A London hospital trust has admitted the failure of its doctors to spot signs of lung cancer on a patient’s scan led to a 12-month delay in treatment which ultimately cost her four years of life. Maureen Gater was referred to the University Hospital Lewisham by her GP after a period of three weeks coughing […]
How to make a delayed cancer diagnosis claim
Make a claim in six easy steps
Free Initial Advice
Call us, request a callback or complete our online claim form and we will assess whether we think you have a claim.
We will help you to decide how best to fund your claim. Usually, we will be able to offer you a No win, No fee agreement.
Obtain Medical Records & Medical Reports
We will request copies of your medical records and instruct appropriate medical experts to prepare reports confirming whether your care was negligent and how this caused you injury.
Letter Of Claim
We will send a letter to your healthcare provider with details of your claim, setting out why we think your case was negligent and how this caused you injury.
Prepare Claim Valuation
We will put together a schedule of loss setting out the losses you have incurred and the extent of the injuries you have sustained.
We will send all the evidence to your opponent inviting their settlement proposals. If we cannot agree a reasonable settlement, we will prepare court proceedings.
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We’re always committed to getting the optimum outcome for you.
What are the guidelines for diagnosing suspected cancer?
From October 2023 NHS England created three key cancer waiting time standards. They are:
- 1: The 28-day Faster Diagnosis Standard. Patients should have cancer ruled out or receive a diagnosis within 28 days. This applies to patients who have been urgently referred by a GP for suspected cancer, or following an abnormal cancer screening result or by a GP for breast symptoms where cancer is not initially suspected.
- 2: The 62-day Referral to Treatment Standard. Patients who have been referred for suspected cancer from any source and go on to receive a diagnosis should start treatment within 62 days of their referral.
- 3: The 31-day Decision to Treat to Treatment Standard. Patients who have a cancer diagnosis, and who have had a decision made on their first or subsequent treatment, should then start that treatment within 31 days.
However, waiting times can vary depending on the type of cancer you have and the type of treatment you are going to have.
How do I make a cancer claim?
If you or a member of your family has received poor medical treatment with regards to cancer, you may be able to make a delayed cancer diagnosis compensation claim. As a first step, our cancer claims solicitors are available to discuss your particular situation and the time limits that may apply.
We’ll conduct a free, confidential, no obligation consultation and listen to your circumstances. If we believe you have grounds to claim compensation, we’ll work with you to get the result you deserve.
This may involve working with independent medical professionals to understand the severity and impact that the misdiagnosis or late cancer diagnosis has had upon your health and your wellbeing.
We’ll contact those involved in your treatment to negotiate a settlement, and if they refuse to accept responsibility we can start court proceedings, helping you through the process every step of the way.
What evidence is needed for a delayed cancer diagnosis claim?
If you are able, keep records of all symptoms and discussions as well as calls and appointments with health professionals, including cancelled appointments.
If you can prove your delayed cancer diagnosis was caused by medical negligence, then you may have a claim.
Delays can’t be allowed to become accepted and must be challenged and investigated to ensure we are all better protected and cared for in the future.
Hudgell Solicitors has one of the UK’s leading medical negligence compensation claims teams, led by specialists with decades of experience.
We know that, beyond compensation, you’ll want to know why things went wrong and we’ll help you get the apology and answers you deserve along with the compensation you need to make the best recovery possible.
How much compensation will I receive for cancer misdiagnosis?
The amount of compensation you may be entitled to depends on your individual circumstances and how seriously the late diagnosis, has impacted your health and overall quality of life.
Compensation can cover any expenses you’ve incurred because of the medical negligence, such as hospital bills, transports costs, and rehabilitation fees, along with loss of earnings and any future expenses that have arisen due to the medical negligence.
Depending on the severity of your situation, you may also claim for compensation that reflects the pain and suffering you have experienced (and may continue to experience) because of the late cancer diagnosis.
Our expert cancer claims solicitors will be able to give you a better idea of what you may be entitled to, based on your story.
Can I make a cancer delayed diagnosis claim for someone else?
When a loved one has died due to a delayed diagnosis of cancer or misdiagnosis it is possible to recover compensation.
You may be able to claim if you are the partner, child or parent of the person who died of cancer.
Often there is a three-year time limit, three years from the date of death or from the date of knowledge.
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