Receiving a diagnosis of cancer is devastating and shocking, to be sure. Unless it happened to you there is no way to tell how you would react to such news or cope with it. Progress made with treatment has meant more and more people are surviving this news, which is excellent.
However there are rare cases – uncommon ones – where people receive an inaccurate cancer diagnosis, and this can be just as emotionally difficult to deal with.
In this situation someone might be told they have cancer. They may even receive treatment for the condition. However it is then found some time later that they did not have cancer at all. This essentially means they have gone through the stress and upset of receiving the diagnosis, telling their family and friends and undergoing treatment – all for nothing.
It is hard to imagine how emotionally difficult such a revelation could be. Obviously the news they don’t have cancer comes as a relief. Yet there is also the realisation that the treatment, stress and heartache were all entirely unnecessary. This is why some people seek compensation for such events as a way to redress the balance.
What could unnecessary treatment do?
Treatment for cancer could involve having operations and chemotherapy, depending on what is decided. If none of this is necessary it could be that it has after-effects that could of course have been avoided entirely. While it is important to note that such incidents are exceptionally rare, there is the potential for them to crop up occasionally.
Those who are affected can be left with problems they should not have had if the wrong diagnosis was not made. The after-effects of treatment can be long-lasting and if it was unnecessary it can be upsetting.
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If you are unfortunate enough to have been in a similar situation within the past three years, you could have cause to bring a no win, no fee claim against those involved. The first thing you should do is to contact our team of professional injury compensation lawyers.
Our free 24/7 enquiry line will put you in touch with them at no cost. Find out more about your own situation now and determine whether a compensation claim could be a possibility. You may be in a better position than you originally thought you were.
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Date Published: November 30, 2014
Author: David Brown