A cancer diagnosis is one of the most devastating things most people can be faced with. While many cases can be successfully treated this is sadly not always the case. In some situations the cancer can be managed for as long as possible.
However, most people would not expect a misdiagnosis to take place. This can happen in a number of ways. For example someone with cancer might potentially be told they do not have it at all, and they are instead suffering from some other illness.
Conversely someone could potentially be diagnosed with cancer when in fact they do not have it. While such cases are rare they can occur, and if a mistake is made it can be stressful, upsetting and devastating for those concerned.
There have been cases when people have been claiming compensation for wrongly-diagnosed cancer. In these situations it is possible for an NHS Trust to pay out compensation in return. Of course no one wants to be in a situation where they have to consider this as an option. Everyone would expect to get the proper diagnosis so the correct treatment could begin as quickly as possible.
How often is cancer misdiagnosed in patients?
Thankfully this is not a very common thing to happen. Every day the NHS deals with hundreds of patients who are receiving tests for cancer or treatment for a cancer that has already been diagnosed.
There is a potential hazard there of being misdiagnosed or having the cancer missed or assumed to be more or less advanced than it is. This does however represent a very small proportion of all the cases that are efficiently and effectively dealt with. Every NHS and private patient has the right to be treated to the very best standards.
Could Accident Advice Helpline assist you in discovering whether a no win, no fee* case is possible?
Accident Advice Helpline helps far more people than simply those who have been hurt in accidents. We also consider cases where people may have received substandard care from the NHS or indeed from private healthcare.
Contact us today by using our free 24/7 enquiry line and you can speak to a professional injury compensation lawyer now. The sooner you discover whether you could potentially bring a no win, no fee* claim, the sooner we can possibly consider taking on your case in the near future.
Date Published: November 19, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Medical negligence claim