Medical Negligence Compensation Claims

Claiming Compensation for Failure to diagnose Prostate cancer / misdiagnosis of Prostate cancer

Cancer services are vastly improved across Britain compared with 20 years ago, but occasionally misdiagnosis of cancer does happen.  If you have suffered as a result of misdiagnosis of cancer, or failure to diagnose cancer, and someone has been negligent, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

Prostate cancer

Claims relating to prostate cancer often involve late diagnosis or failure to diagnose.  A diagnosis of prostate cancer can be delayed or missed because there are often no symptoms, especially in theFAQ early stage of the disease, unless the patient is routinely screened for the condition. It is now possible to identify patients with prostate cancer at a very early stage using new diagnostic techniques.

Prostate cancer shares many symptoms with other medical problems that can easily be misdiagnosed such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), prostatitis, urinary tract infection, cystitis, urethral stricture and prostatitis, so it is essential that the correct tests are carried out early to identify the disease.

Failure to diagnose the disease can lead to patients having further symptoms such as weight loss, bone pain and kidney dysfunction which is usually a sign of advanced cancer with a poor prognosis, therefore, giving a much lower chance of receiving effective treatment.

Cancer is one of the most common serious illnesses in the UK with statistics showing that one in three of us will develop some form of it during our lifetime.

The problem can be where you suffer from cancer but you are given a negative result following tests, or the medical team treating you fails to make a diagnosis at all. In this scenario, failure to diagnose can mean that the cancer is allowed to grow untreated. The opportunity to treat the cancer can be lost completely, leading to additional pain and suffering and possibly to a reduced life expectancy or death.

Medical negligence claims involving cancer often involve one of the following factors:

A specialist solicitor can deal with medical negligence compensation claims for any type of cancer where your health care provider has been negligent.

How much can I claim?

A number of factors will determine the value of your settlement:

What can I claim compensation for?

Making a claim for compensation

A specialist medical negligence solicitor can assess your case and inform you about: