Did you know that bowel cancer, also known as rectal or colon cancer, is the third most common type of cancer in the UK, affecting around 37,000 people in England each year? For men, the lifetime risk of developing this type of cancer is around one in 15; for women it is around one in 19. Screening tests are now available to enable early detection of bowel cancer and if diagnosed early, the outcome can be improved. Failure to diagnose bowel cancer could lead to serious illness and even death. This type of cancer can be located in the large bowel or the small bowel, with around 70% of cancers developing in the colon (large bowel.) Symptoms may include unexplained weight loss, stomach pain, blood in stools, constipation or diarrhoea and bleeding from the bowel could indicate a blockage (which could be very serious) or lead to anaemia and fatigue. If failure to diagnose bowel cancer has affected your prognosis, you may be feeling angry and let down by the medical professionals you trusted. Whilst claiming compensation does not undo the damage done, it can provide you with compensation to cover pain and suffering caused, as well as any loss of earnings due to time off work.
Is it easy to claim compensation for medical negligence?
Whilst every claim is different, the process for claiming medical negligence always begins with contacting a personal injury lawyer. Failure to diagnose bowel cancer is more common than you may think and a personal injury lawyer with experience handling medical negligence claims can make the process as easy and smooth as possible. For most claims, you will not be required to attend court and you shouldn’t feel guilty about suing your doctor or the NHS. Medical professionals will not take your claim personally – they have professional standards to meet, and if they have not done so, you are well within your rights to make a claim for compensation.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today
The team of professional personal injury lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline have experience handling medical negligence claims, so whether you are ready to get the ball rolling on your claim or simply need some confidential, no-obligation advice, call us today. Why not take the 30-second test on our website to find out how much you could be eligible to claim? We make the whole process as straightforward as possible and come highly recommended by our patron, TV personality and UK consumer champion Esther Rantzen.
Date Published: July 18, 2014
Author: David Brown