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Bone Cancer Misdiagnosis Compensation Claims
Bone cancer misdiagnosis claims happen when a patient sues his GP or specialist doctor for negligently failing to diagnose the presence of bone cancer, causing unnecessary pain and suffering. Because bone cancer is a very serious condition, early detection and treatment is key towards improved survival chances.
Bone cancer which is also known as sarcoma is a type of cancer caused as a result of an abnormality in the growth process of cells in a bone. It is a rare but very aggressive form of cancer present in 1 out of 500 cancer cases and commonly affects children, adolescents and young adults.
Osteosarcoma is the most common form of malignant bone cancer and mostly affects person’s between ages 10 and 25. There are various forms of sarcoma with the Ewing’s Sarcoma being the most common of them and commonly diagnosed in children and adolescents. The Ewing’s sarcoma is usually found in the long bones of the arms and legs.
Chondrosarcoma on the other hand affects patients who are over 40years of age. It is also common and usually affects the bones in the hips and pelvis. Persons older than 50 commonly suffer from another type of bone cancer known as malignant fibrous histiocytoma (MFH).
As a result of its aggressive nature, a misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose bone cancer can be utterly devastating. If discovered in the early stages 2 out of 3 bone cancer sufferers have a good long-term survival chance. However, if caught late or discovered in its progressive stage where the cancer has spread to a different area of the body, the survival rates are very much lower.
What is Bone Cancer Misdiagnosis?
Bone cancer misdiagnosis refers to a condition where a medical professional was negligent in his duty and missed or failed to accurately diagnose or identify bone cancer. When a patient visits the hospital and is attended to by his GP or a specialist who fails to utilize all tools and tests available at his disposal which medical advances have provided them to make a correct diagnosis, then it is a case of misdiagnosis which is simply unacceptable.
Bone cancer or sarcoma misdiagnosis can also relate to a doctor making an incorrect bone cancer diagnosis on a patient who is free of such a condition. Such an individual will be severely affected psychologically which is why it is important that a thorough investigation is carried out and the right diagnosis made. Tests such as blood tests, X-ray, MRI scans and CT scans will need to be carried out and the results accurately interpreted so that the right diagnosis can be made.
When you receive an unacceptable level of care from your doctor leading to a misdiagnosis of your condition, you have the option of seeking redress by making a compensation claim. As much as mistakes are bound to occur as medical professionals are also humans, it is important they do all in their power to make the right diagnosis as it could adversely affect not just an individual but the family. Healthcare professionals owe a duty of care to their patients and anything short of that is simply unacceptable especially as the consequences could be fatal.
Our bone cancer misdiagnosis solicitors are among the best bone cancer (sarcoma) negligence solicitors in the UK with several years of experience having represented patients with various bone cancer misdiagnosis claims and securing deserving compensation amounts for them over the years. It is important you reach out to us as quickly as possible as delay can result in you missing the chance to obtain justice for your suffering especially as there is a limited window to make a claim.
What are the types Of Bone Cancer ?
Different types of bone cancer which exist include;
Myeloma cancer: This cancer affects the bone marrow and most often causes the individual to have a feeling of pain in the bones. It also leads to weakening of the bones meaning that the bones are susceptible to fracture.
Chondrosarcoma: This bone cancer arises from a tumour which forms from the cells that produce cartilage and usually affects the bones in the hips and pelvis.
Ewing’s sarcoma: This cancer which typically occurs in children and young adults affects bones of the pelvis, thigh, legs and arms.
Osteosarcoma: This is the most common bone cancer and begins in the cells that form bones. It generally will affect the long bones of the leg and arm while being common in children and young adults.
Spindle cell sarcoma: Spindle cells are extremely rare (making up just about 2-5% of all cases of primary bone cancer. It is a soft tissue tumour often found in the bones of the arms, legs and pelvis. They arise from abnormal cell-division.
What are the Symptoms Of Bone Cancer?
Bone cancer (sarcoma) is a rare form of cancer and so the diagnosis of bone cancer can be challenging. This is why doctors should be very vigilant when symptoms that suspect the presence of bone cancer are presented. They should perform all tests as required and make the necessary referrals to a specialist oncologist before making a diagnosis.
Some of bone cancer symptoms include:
- Unexplainable bone fractures
- Severe weight loss
- Discolouration around the bone and joint
- Limiting movements of any area close to a bone or inability to use the area
- Swelling or soreness of the affected area or joint
- Unexplained and irregular increase in temperatures and sweating at night.
What are the Causes of Bone Cancer Misdiagnosis?
There are several reasons why misdiagnosis of bone cancer may occur according to findings we have made over the years while dealing with bone cancer negligence claims clients. Some of these negligent actions by medical professionals which lead to misdiagnosis include;
- Dismissing patients’ complaints and symptoms as nothing serious
- Failure of your doctor to suggest or refer additional tests before making diagnosis
- Lack of proper follow up on test results
- Failure or unnecessary delays to refer you to a qualified cancer specialist
- Failure to accurately diagnose a malignant tumor
- Incorrectly diagnosis a benign tumour as being malignant
- Wrong analysis of the cancer’s stage or location
For these negligent actions and others similar to these, you can make bone cancer misdiagnosis claims.
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If you have suffered or your condition has been made worse due to medical negligence, we encourage you to speak to one of our bone cancer misdiagnosis compensation claims solicitors today. You can reach out to them by filling our online assessment form and they will be able to provide you with a Free Claim Assessment today.
Why Should You Make A Bone Cancer Misdiagnosis Compensation Claim?
Making a bone cancer misdiagnosis compensation claim is not just only about obtaining compensation for your suffering, it is about obtaining justice and seeking redress. Making a bone cancer misdiagnosis compensation claim can help to avoid a repetition of such mistakes. The NHS tries to make improvements after a medical negligence claim is made against them.
Making a bone cancer misdiagnosis claim also helps you to obtain compensation for your pain and suffering. The amount of compensation you receive will be commensurate with the financial expenses you have incurred as a result of the incident. It will also cover other expenses especially if you have to give up work all together, medical costs and accommodation costs.
Our medical negligence solicitors will be with you and support you every step of the way and will leave no stone unturned until you get the compensation you deserve.
How Do I Make A Bone Cancer Negligence Claim?
In order to make a bone cancer Misdiagnosis Compensation claim, your bone cancer misdiagnosis lawyer will assist you establish that your healthcare provider acted negligently and such negligence caused you the pain and trauma you experienced.
It is important to prove that;
- Your doctor owed you a duty of care
- Your doctor failed in or breached that duty of care
- Such breach of duty of care directly caused you unnecessary pain and suffering and also caused other damages financially, psychologically and physically
You will be required to provide several documents in order to prove your medical negligence claims. These documents include;
- Detailed statements of all that transpired
- Test results and scans
- Statements from witnesses
- Evidence of financial expenses as a result of the effects of the misdiagnosis (this will include past, present and estimated future loss)
- Relevant Images
- Medical Report from an independent medical expert which will be made available to you by your medical negligence lawyers.
Our specialist cancer negligence solicitors will assist you where necessary to make these documents available for a smooth and stress-free claims process.
The Bone Cancer Misdiagnosis Compensation Claims Procedure
In a nut-shell, the procedure for making a bone cancer misdiagnosis claim involves the following;
- Speaking to your Lawyer about your case who will make a professional assessment of your case
- Funding Your Claim using any of the medical negligence funding applicable to your case
- Gather Evidence to substantiate your claims
- Establish liability
- Make Negotiations with the defendant party
- Payment of Settlement fee
When you reach out to us, our Cancer Misdiagnosis Solicitors will explain better to you the entire claims process. We encourage you to contact us by completing our quick Free Claim Assessment or call us on 0800 644 4240.
No Win No Fee Bone Cancer Misdiagnosis Compensation Claims
For our bone cancer misdiagnosis compensation claims, our medical negligence solicitors will represent you on a No Win No Fee basis. You are thus exempted for paying us any legal fees before we begin to handle your case and during the entire process. Also, you do not have to pay us if the claim is unsuccessful. You will however pay a 25% success fee from your total award value after your case is won.
How Much Compensation Will I Get For My Bone Cancer Compensation Claim?
The amount of compensation for bone cancer misdiagnosis compensation claims is not fixed and will vary depending on the severity of your pain, suffering and other details of your case. It will also depend on other expenses you have made as a result of the misdiagnosis.
Our solicitors will be able to, however, give you a range of what you can expect using our medical negligence compensation calculator.
Time Limit For Negligence Claim
The law stipulates a strict time limit for making bone cancer misdiagnosis claims. This time limit is pegged at three years from the date of knowledge of the misdiagnosis. When it involves a child, the individual has up till his or her 21st year to make a claim as the three-year time frame counts from the 18th birthday. Furthermore, the time limit could be extended where the individual is incapacitated as a result and unable to make a claim.
It is important you reach out to our specialist medical negligence lawyer for best legal advice on how this time limit affects you.
Misdiagnosis of any medical condition can impact negatively on the individual and the family. This is why medical professionals must take the utmost care to ensure that they provide the right standard of care to patients entrusted in their care.
If you suffer as a result of negligent treatment by your doctor, you can make a claim and we encourage you to reach to us at your earliest convenience and let us help you make that claim.
Frequently Asked Question about Bone Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
Is Bone Cancer Hereditary?
Primary Bone Cancer which is one of the most misunderstood forms of cancer as to why the disease develops in the first place can occur as a result of genetic predisposition of the child or young adult. Some genes inherited from a parent can predispose one to having such type of bone cancer. Genetic conditions such as hereditary multiple exostoses (HME), congenital umbilical hernia and Li-Fraumeni syndrome can result in bone cancer.
How Often Is Bone Cancer Misdiagnosed?
According to the Bone Cancer Research Trust (BCRT), osteosarcoma, which is a common but dangerous form of bone cancer, is often misdiagnosed as growing pains or muscle strains. The body has also said that only 42% of those who develop osteosarcoma survive for five years or more after the disease was first diagnosed meaning that the rate of bone cancer misdiagnosis is quite alarming.
Actually, survival rates have remained unchanged for the past 25 years which is not good at all. If osteosarcoma has not spread to other areas of the body when it was discovered, the chances of long-term survival are reasonably good – about 70-75%.
In about 15-20% of patients, sarcoma is only diagnosed when the disease has spread to other areas of the body and at this stage, the long-term survival rate falls dramatically to just 30%.
Is Bone Cancer A Death Sentence?
Bone cancer is not always fatal. For people with osteosarcoma, the five-year survival rate is 60%. The five-year survival rate increases to 74% if the cancer was discovered at its localized stage. When it spreads to surrounding tissues and regional lymph nodes, the survival rate is 66% while the survival rate drops to 27% when the cancer spreads to distant parts of the body.
Other types of bone cancer have similar survival rates. This shows that early detection is key towards ensuring that life is preserved.
Does Bone Cancer Spread Fast?
Bone cancer doesn’t always spread fast. When detected early, it can be treated and this is why the 5-year survival rate for early detection of localized sarcoma looks good. The condition however becomes aggressive as time progresses which may require more aggressive treatment measures to treat such as bone surgery, transplant, etc. when the cancer is no longer localized, the rate of spread increases.
What Can Be Mistaken For Bone Cancer?
A condition known as idiopathic myositis ossificans may be mistaken for bone cancer. This is because the condition presents itself with a rapidly growing painful mass. When an x-ray is carried out, there is presence of rapid bone formation which looks very similar to a high-grade osteosarcoma.