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Delay in diagnosis of cancer
Claims can be brought against GPs for failure to make a referral to an appropriate consultant, or against consultants and hospital bodies for misinterpreting test results, or failing to follow up suspicious symptoms.
We use our large network of independent medical experts to consider, and prepare reports, on the standard of care you received. If it was sub-standard, the next step is to consider the difference that competent care would have made to your recovery and long-term prognosis.
Sometimes a delay will have made a difference to the treatment needed. For example, perhaps radiotherapy could have been avoided if a diagnosis had been made at an earlier stage, or perhaps less extensive surgery would have been required. In other cases patients may have had to go through courses of chemotherapy that they would otherwise not have needed to treat their condition. If this is the case, compensation can be claimed for your additional suffering, and any associated financial losses.
With regard to survival, existing case law makes it clear that a claim for a poorer chance of survival can only be made if, as a direct result in the delay in diagnosis, your prospects of survival have decreased to under 50%, from 50% or over.
In cases where death from cancer follows a suspected delay in diagnosis, we are often able to continue the claim on behalf of the estate, and/or the deceased’s family.
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