Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims *
In most cases, cancer misdiagnosis doesn’t cross the minds of those who have undergone medical tests. This is due to the patient having an inherent trust that their doctor will correctly diagnose their medical issue. Having said this, there are cases where a doctor may deliver a misdiagnosis of cancer, i.e. incorrect diagnosis or a delay in diagnosis of cancer. The worry for the patient is that the failure to diagnose cancer at an early stage or at all, means that the effectiveness of the treatments can be less advantageous for the patient, which could result in:
- Pain suffering and injuries that could have been avoided
- Prolonging of the illness, that could have been avoided, and,
- Reduced chances of recovery
In the event where cancer has been misdiagnosed, or the diagnosis has been delayed, the patient may be entitled to pursue a claim for medical negligence or malpractice *.
Misdiagnosis of cancer can occur for a number of reasons, for example:
- False positive or false negative results from a faulty cancer screening
- MRI or CT scans fail to identify cancerous lesions if the lesions are too small to detect.
- Lab errors
- Human error/incompetence of medical practitioner who fails to recognise the signs of cancer or misinterpret cancer as another illness.
Cancer medical negligence claims have been associated with many types of cancer, not just in Ireland, but globally, in:
- Colon and Rectal
Medical negligence claims * for misdiagnosis of cancer compensation can be grouped into the following categories:
Incorrect Cancer Diagnosis (Misdiagnosis of Cancer)
False diagnosis of cancer (liver cancer misdiagnosis) occurs when the doctor gives a cancer diagnosis to a patient without cancer. In this case, a noncancer patient will undergo unnecessary cancer treatment.
Another instance of cancer misdiagnosis is when a doctor misdiagnosis cancer for another illness and the cancer patient does not undergo the relevant treatment or misses their window of opportunity for cancer treatment.
Failure to Diagnose Cancer
In this case, a medical practitioner completely fails to notice the signs of cancer and completely fails to diagnose the patient’s cancer. This can lead to fatalities as the patient may not be diagnosed until the symptoms reach their peak when it may be too late to treat cancer.
Delayed Diagnosis of Cancer
Delayed cancer diagnosis claims of cancer occur when medical professionals fail to detect the patient’s cancer at the early stages. When a diagnosis of cancer is delayed, so is the treatment. This can lead to complications in the future or in aggressive cancer patients can lead to their untimely death. It is possible to claim for compensation for delayed cancer diagnosis.
Making a Claim
Making a claim for cancer misdiagnosis compensation differs from personal injury claims *. The Injuries Board do not review medical negligence claims *. Therefore the claim must be brought through the courts. However, if the medical practice is responsible for the misdiagnosis, they may offer an adequate cancer misdiagnosis settlement so it is possible for your claim to be settled outside of court. Cancer misdiagnosis compensation amounts can vary depending on the cancer misdiagnosis case.
The first step in assessing whether you have a cancer medical negligence claim * is to contact a medical negligence solicitor, your best option is to contact a specialised cancer solicitor who is a ‘Law Society of Ireland Practicing Solicitor’.
In order for a cancer claims solicitor to establish a medical negligence * case the following steps will need to be taken:
- All your medical records including those from before the misdiagnosis will need to be obtained prior to making a cancer compensation claim.
- A medical examination and subsequent report with an expert in the field will need to be organised to prove your misdiagnosis and that the medical practice you were treated by fell short of acceptable standards.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CASE
In conclusion, if you have suffered financially or emotionally from cancer misdiagnosis negligence, our team of local personal injury solicitors * in Dublin are available to answer any queries you may have. For a confidential discussion, please call Tracey Solicitors on 01 649 9900 or email email@example.com and to tell us about your case.
With 30 years’ experience as specialist personal injury solicitors *, Tracey Solicitors, ensure not to overwhelm you with legal jargon and can provide you with legal advice and guidance with your best interest at heart, in a language that you can understand.