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Our Medical Negligence Solicitors are specialists in cancer misdiagnosis compensation claims and will be able to guide you through the process in a friendly and expert manner.
Suffering from cancer is a difficult and challenging time for anybody. However, if cancer is identified and treated at an early stage, the outcome can be improved massively. That is why cancer misdiagnosis is such a serious issue.
Cancer negligence claims caused by misdiagnosis can happen for a number of reasons, but none of them are acceptable. If cancer is missed or misdiagnosed by a medical professional the outcome can be far worse than if it was discovered at the right time. Taking action to obtain justice and compensation for cancer negligence is vital to improve care in the future and for your own peace of mind.
If a medical professional has missed or misdiagnosed your cancer they may have made your situation worse. You may have suffered unnecessary pain and suffering as a result of missed or misdiagnosed cancer, or worse, you may have lost a loved one.
Our Medical Negligence Solicitors are experts in Cancer Misdiagnosis Compensation Claims. You can contact them today by completing our quick Free Claim Assessment or call us on 0800 644 4240.
Reasons For Cancer Misdiagnosis Compensation Claims
The reasons for cancer misdiagnosis compensation claims have been extensively studied by the medical field. A great amount of research and investigation has been dedicated to identifying and correcting reasons for cancer misdiagnosis.
Shockingly, medical data shows that cancer misdiagnosis can occur at a high rate. According to the Journal of Clinical Oncology, cancer misdiagnosis occurs in up to 44 percent of cases.
The NHS is currently in a state of crisis. Budget shortfalls have meant cuts in staffing levels and even medical centre closures. The strain on the NHS has resulted in a reduction in the level of care provided. This has, and will continue to result in incidents of medical negligence.
The following are some of the most common reasons for cancer misdiagnosis compensation claims:
- Human Error in Cancer Misdiagnosis
- If a medical professional mistakenly reads your test results it could result in incorrect treatment or even be given “the all clear” incorrectly leading to no treatment at all. Cancer misdiagnosis can drastically affect your treatment and chance of survival.
- Human error can also result in cancer misdiagnosis through incorrect readings of laboratory or other results. Test results are vulnerable to mistakes when being interpreted by a human, for example the interpretation of a chest x-ray which fails to identify signs of lung cancer.
- One of the most common human errors is a failure to refer an undiagnosed cancer patient for more tests including; blood tests, x-rays or a CT scan. Medical professionals should utilise all the medical tools at their disposal to rule out the most serious forms of illness like cancer, this is known as the “differential diagnosis”.
- Research supports that the most common reason for cancer misdiagnosis is human error. This can happen in a variety of ways.
- A Fragmented Healthcare System
- This fragmented approach to healthcare results in errors being made and ultimately result in delayed and misdiagnosed cancer.
- Cancer misdiagnosis compensation claims can result from a failure of medical professionals to share information with each other. For example, you may visit your local GP who refers your local NHS hospital for specialist diagnostic services. The GP does not send the referral to the hospital for 2 months, and then the NHS hospital completely fails to request your attendance for the tests.
- Time Pressure on Medical Professionals
- Pressure on medical professionals to hit government imposed targets can lead to excess pressure being placed on medical professionals.
- If a medical professional has targets, this can distract from proving the most attentive medical treatment to a patient. Whilst, it is true that NHS targets are designed to improve the service that patients receive, they can lead to mistakes being made, particularly in relation to cancer misdiagnosis.
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Which Cancers Are Commonly Misdiagnosed?
According to medical research, the most commonly misdiagnosed cancers are:
Medical professionals should take particular care when patients visit them and show symptoms that may relate to the above types of cancer. If a medical professional fails to investigate your symptoms properly, then they may have been medically negligent.
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The Psychological Effects of Cancer Misdiagnosis
The impact that cancer misdiagnosis can have can be devastating. You may have been given a false sense of hope by a doctor giving you the “all clear” only to learn that this was wrong. Alternatively, you may have been diagnosed with having cancer incorrectly which can have a hugely detrimental effect on your mental state.
The psychological effects of cancer misdiagnosis has been studied around the world. There is a common theme to many of the studies. The theme is that cancer misdiagnosis almost always has some impact on a patient’s psychological wellbeing.
The psychological impact of cancer misdiagnosis, in addition to the physical adverse effect it can have on your body, is what makes cancer misdiagnosis such a serious issue. Medical professionals should have a heightened awareness of the impact that misdiagnosis can have on a cancer patient. However, as we have discussed above, medical professionals do make mistakes.
An extensive research report produced by the Annal of Family Medicine recently found that cancer misdiagnosis can result in long-term psychosocial harm. 3 years after a false-positive finding during mammography tests, women experience psychosocial consequences similar to that of a woman with a diagnosis of breast cancer.
The aim of the study, was to measure the long-term psychosocial consequences of false-positive findings on screening mammography for a 3-year follow-up period using a condition-specific questionnaire.
The report identified that incidents of cancer misdiagnosis (in particular a “false positive” finding) cause negative psychological outcomes in the long run. For a period of 3 years after being declared free of suspected cancer, women with false positives consistently reported greater negative psychosocial consequences compared with women with normal findings.
For patients that have wrongly misdiagnosed as suffering from cancer, the experience can be extremely traumatic. The psychological turmoil that such a misdiagnosis can have is huge. It may result in you losing trust in your healthcare provider and becoming resentful towards them for the mistake they have made. Whilst you may have had good news in terms of being cancer free, the devastating impact of the misdiagnosis will not disappear immediately.
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How to Make Cancer Misdiagnosis Compensation Claims?
When a cancer negligence occurs, the results can be extremely upsetting for you and your family. If you think you may have a claim then you should contact our team of medical negligence lawyers for free legal advice. Our lawyers are approachable, friendly and understanding. They will guide you through each part of the cancer negligence compensation claims process and support you during this difficult time.