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Lung cancer misdiagnosis can have severe consequences for the victim, severely impacting long term survival and quality of life prospects. Making a claim for lung cancer misdiagnosis compensation can provide financial security for you and your family, but you will need expert medical negligence advice to be successful.
Claiming for Misdiagnosis of Lung Cancer
If you believe you or a loved one have had your lung cancer misdiagnosed, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation with Blackwater Law medical negligence solicitors.
Common causes for commencing a lung cancer misdiagnosis claim include the following situations:
To find out if the circumstances of your lung cancer misdiagnosis or late diagnosis potentially entitles you to compensation, you will need to discuss the circumstances of the care you have received, or the lack thereof, with a specialist medical negligence solicitor at Blackwater Law.
Where a doctor has misdiagnosed of lung cancer, making a compensation claim can provide the financial compensation and security to assist you in moving forward. Delayed diagnosis of lung cancer can mean your long-term health is more negatively impacted than it would have been if the condition was diagnosed at an earlier stage. This will be factored into your claim for lung cancer misdiagnosis, but so too will the impact of your diminished health on your quality of life and your ability to work and earn a living in the future.
If you require on-going medical care, or care assistance at home, the expense of this may also be factored into your misdiagnosis claim.
Your medical negligence solicitor at Blackwater Law will be an experienced, specialist lawyer and will advise you on what can be factored into your claim for compensation so that the amount you receive adequately compensates you and provides financial security for you and your family, now and in the future.
Does Smoking Mean I Can’t Claim Compensation?
The link between smoking and lung cancer is well documented. However, just because you smoke, or used to smoke, the level of care you receive from medical professionals and the NHS should not be affected. If you receive a misdiagnosis of lung cancer, you are as entitled to compensation as any other if it can be proven the medical care or advice you received was not to an appropriate standard and your health has suffered as a result.
No Win, No Fee Claims – No Risk to You
When you call Blackwater Law on 0800 083 5500, the specialist you speak with will give you free initial advice. If our specialist medical negligence lawyer believes you may be entitled to make a claim for misdiagnosis of lung cancer, your claim will be processed on a no win, no fee basis. You can draw peace of mind from the fact that none of your own money is ever at risk. All medical negligence claims undertaken by Blackwater Law solicitors are carried out on a no win no fee basis, so you will never be left at a disadvantage from seeking compensation and answers for the poor care you have received.
The Impact of Cancer Misdiagnosis
There are two forms of lung cancer; non-small cell and small cell – each responds differently to treatment and tends to progress at a different rate. Nevertheless, delayed diagnosis of lung cancer has a universally negative effect on prognoses, allowing the disease to spread and develop to a more dangerous and life-limiting stage.
Non-small cell lung cancer is more common, and progresses as follows:
Small cell lung cancer has only two stages and is less common, with the cancerous cells identified being significantly smaller than in conventional cancer:
Treatment plans vary according to just how far your lung cancer has progressed, and as such so do the expenses involved. A prompt diagnosis could spare you from a long, debilitating (both physically and financially) treatment regime, but for those who fall victim to a delayed diagnosis, launching a no win no fee compensation claim could be your only chance to secure life-saving medical help.
Diagnosis of Lung Cancer
There is not currently a national screening program for lung cancer in the UK, due to continuing concern over the accuracy of tests like X-ray scans balanced against the mild risks they represent. It is still your doctor’s responsibility however to avoid delayed diagnoses for lung cancer, and there are a number of procedures they should seek to follow if you present with symptoms that might indicate you have the disease:
Improper adherence to these guiding principles or to any of the subsequent procedures for treatment could be cause for claiming compensation for delayed diagnosis of lung cancer. However, time restrictions may apply, so it is important to initiate your case as soon as possible.
Whilst your doctors have a duty of care to you, and to offer medical care and advice to a reasonable standard, you also have to take responsibility for your care. You will know your body better than anyone else and you should discuss any concerns with your doctor in an open and frank manner. Your doctor can only act and advise you given the information you provide and the symptoms your present with.
If you are concerned with the advice or medical investigation carried out by your GP, you are entitled to seek a second opinion. If you have lost confidence in your primary GP doctor, it is recommended that you do so.
Specialists in Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
Blackwater Law medical negligence solicitors has a team of lawyers specialising in cancer misdiagnosis claims, with access to client liaison managers and rehabilitation contacts. Our lawyers advise and represent clients across the country in relation to bowel cancer misdiagnosis, colon cancer misdiagnosis and breast cancer misdiagnosis, amongst other variants of the disease.