Cancer Care Medical Negligence
Have you been unfortunate to suffer medical negligence in your cancer care? Claims National can provide you with free help and advice in relation to your cancer care medical negligence.
Medical negligence in cancer is usual failure or delay to diagnose. These can be in situations were there has been:
- Failures to identify an obvious lump during breast examination
- Failures to arrange appropriate investigations, such as biopsies, x-rays, CT or MRI scans
- Failures to properly evaluate or follow up test results
- Failures to recognise common symptoms of the particular form of cancer
- Failures to diagnosis a tumor as malignant
With failure or delay to diagnose, we must prove that if you had been diagnosed at an earlier stage that it would have made a difference to treatment and/or outcome.
Due to advances in science and technology, many cancers can now be treated effectively and survival rates are higher than ever before. Even for the cases of which there is no official cure, treatment can be given to manage cancer’s symptoms, improving the quality of life of the sufferer and their family. The majority of cancer cases are treated with excellent care however, for a small portion of patients, things can go pear shaped. This could be due to a variety of circumstances such as their GP failing to refer them to a specialist, crucial investigations were not undertaken, or test results were misreported leading to a misdiagnosis.
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There are over 200 different types of cancer, all with their different properties, making each cancer case different from the others. Therefore, no two cancer negligence claims are the same, and they are on a much more personal level than any other medical negligence claim.
It can be difficult for GPs to know when they should refer their patient to a cancer specialist, as there are so many different types of cancer, many of them with similar symptoms. However, as a GP it is your duty of care to ensure that the patient is up to date with where their diagnosis is at and that you have carried out every necessary test in order to help with the diagnosis. A GP may be held negligent if they are proven to have failed to follow a clear referral guideline.
Post referral, the hospital specialist will decide upon the investigations that will take place in order to reach a diagnosis. It is significant that the correct investigations are undergone in order to make a correct diagnosis, ad as quickly as possible. A mistake made in the investigations chosen to undergo could lead to a misdiagnosis, affecting the recovery and treatment of the patient, which could be fatal. If your hospital specialist fails to undergo the correct investigations, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
Once the test results are received, your hospital specialist will be able to distinguish what cancer you have, and at what stage it is at. This helps your treatment process, and it is vital that the diagnosis is correct. Unfortunately, cancer diagnosis mistakes are sometimes made, which could be due to the test results being misreported or not being reviewed thoroughly. If this is the case, you may be able to make a claim for compensation for cancer care negligence.
Incorrect staging can lead to the wrong treatment for your condition, preventing any recovery. If your hospital specialist has incorrectly staged your condition, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.