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Being diagnosed with cancer is a frightening experience and it can be traumatic for you and your family.
However, if you have experienced a late cancer diagnosis or a cancer misdiagnosis, the consequences can be devastating. It might be harder to treat your cancer effectively, your outlook may be far worse, and tragically in some cases, your cancer may have spread (metastasised) and become life-threatening or terminal.
Perhaps you have been struggling with cancer symptoms for some time, but your doctor dismissed your concerns, or you were not referred for further tests when you should have been. You may have had a test but it was not followed up or your hospital consultant may have missed your cancer on a scan or X-ray and given you a clean bill of health when they should not have done.
No matter how the negligence occurred, if you or a family member has suffered avoidable harm because a medical professional diagnosed your cancer late, you may be able to make a late cancer diagnosis compensation claim.
Our specialist team of medical negligence solicitors have many years of experience helping people who have had a delayed cancer diagnosis secure maximum late cancer diagnosis compensation.
Any late cancer diagnosis compensation you receive will help you with the financial impact of your delayed diagnosis including:
Your late cancer diagnosis claim can also make up for the loss of any earnings, including future loss of earnings, as well as vital treatment and care costs in the future.
We understand if the thought of making a medical negligence compensation claim can feel a bit overwhelming, but our dedicated and highly knowledgeable late cancer diagnosis solicitors will be with you every step of the way.
We have a strong track record securing maximum late cancer diagnosis compensation for people with cases just like yours.
We offer No Win No Fee funding which means there is no financial risk to you or any hidden, unexpected costs. In the highly unlikely event your claim is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay any money whatsoever. Click here to find out more information about No Win No Fee.
If you or a loved one has suffered due to a delayed cancer diagnosis, our friendly specialist team is on standby to give you specialist legal advice and support.
We can also help if your cancer diagnosis or treatment has been delayed due to COVID-19. Our specialist medical negligence solicitors are helping many cancer patients whose conditions have got worse because they have been unable to access diagnostic tests or treatment during the pandemic.
Our expert medical negligence solicitors have extensive experience helping people whose health has deteriorated due to a delayed cancer diagnosis. We can help with the late diagnosis of many different types of cancer including:
If you want to find out more about making a delayed cancer diagnosis claim, we offer a completely free initial consultation. You are under no obligation and one of our expert medical negligence solicitors will explain everything you need to know about the legal process.
Making a late cancer diagnosis claim with Novum Law is straightforward and completely risk-free thanks to our No Win No Fee funding. There are no upfront or hidden costs and in the highly unlikely event your claim is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay a penny. Click here to find out more about No Win No Fee.
If you think a healthcare professional has failed to provide you with the diagnosis, treatment and care you need, causing your cancer to get worse, contact our specialist medical negligence team today for expert legal advice.
We will be able to advise you free of charge whether you have sufficient grounds to make a late cancer diagnosis compensation claim.
To make a claim, our medical negligence solicitors must prove that the delays to your cancer diagnosis caused you unnecessary harm. We will get to work gathering all the evidence, which includes your medical records, to prove the healthcare professional treating you was negligent.
We will also consult leading independent medical experts to ensure you have a strong case which takes into account your pain and suffering, and any costs you have incurred as a result of the delayed diagnosis, as well as any future expenses.
The value of your late cancer diagnosis claim is calculated based on several factors. These include:
Click here to find out more about how compensation is calculated.
The standard time limit for making a late cancer diagnosis claim is three years from the date you realised your cancer diagnosis was delayed (sometimes referred to as the ‘date of knowledge’).
However, there are certain key exceptions that may apply. For example, if you are making a late cancer diagnosis claim on behalf of a child, you have until they are 18 years old to make a medical negligence claim.
To find out about other exceptions to the three-year time limit (known as the ‘limitation period’), read our blog article.
Most late diagnosis of cancer claims are settled out of court. This means you will receive your compensation quicker and will not have to face the prospect of going to court.
If a settlement cannot be reached (for example, the defendant is denying the claim, or an agreement cannot be reached on the compensation value) it might be necessary to involve the court. This sometimes happens but it does not necessarily mean you will have to go to court. In fact, most medical negligence claims settle before the court hearing date.
If your delayed cancer diagnosis claim does go to court, we will guide and help you through the entire process from start to finish.
Yes, if you have suffered avoidable harm due to a delayed diagnosis of cancer from the NHS or a private healthcare provider, you may be able to make a medical negligence compensation claim.
To make a successful claim, there are two key factors that need to be proved:
Your specialist medical negligence solicitor will investigate your claim and gather the required evidence to build a strong case for you.
The time it takes to settle a late cancer diagnosis claim can differ significantly depending on the details of your specific situation and the complexity of your case. There is no set time limit. If the other party (the defendant) accepts liability for the harm you have suffered and your claim can be settled out of court, your case will be resolved much faster. Your solicitor will be able to advise you on how long cases like yours tend to take.
Yes, if your loved one tragically dies due to a delayed cancer diagnosis, you may be able to make a medical negligence compensation claim on behalf of their estate and their dependants. You may also be able to continue any medical negligence claim they started before they died. Click here to find out more about fatal medical negligence claims.
Yes, we are often asked to take over late cancer diagnosis claims from other law firms by clients who are unhappy with the service they are receiving.
We have extensive experience dealing with medical negligence claims arising from delays in the diagnosis of cancer and have achieved considerable compensation for the late diagnosis of breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, and many more.
It is straightforward to transfer your case to Novum Law if you wish. Our expert medical negligence solicitors will provide an honest opinion on whether your claim could be handled better. We have a strong track record of taking cases over and securing significantly higher settlements faster. Click here to find out more.
If you believe you or a loved one may have a claim for a delayed diagnosis, our medical negligence solicitors in Bristol, Cardiff, the Isle of Wight, Plymouth, Salisbury, Southampton and Swindon are here for you.
Why choose us?
As expert solicitors focusing on serious personal injury and medical negligence, you can trust us to get the best results for you and your family.
We understand what you are going through, and we will be there for you every step of the way throughout your claim and beyond.
Our No Win No Fee guarantee means you can make a risk-free compensation claim with no legal costs or charges if your claim is unsuccessful.
Specialist rehabilitation, medical care and support can make a huge difference in your life. We work with the best providers to get the treatment you need.
The professionalism with which you have handled my claim put my mind at ease and was less stressful than I could have imagined.
Going with Novum Law was the best thing I’ve ever done.
Novum won the case for me, and helped me get my life back together
I would have no hesitation in recommending Novum Law and your services.
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