Most people are reluctant to go to see their GP if they can avoid it. We worry that there’s nothing “really” wrong with us, that the symptoms we have been experiencing can be dismissed quite easily, and that ultimately we will be wasting a doctor’s time. When you do finally pluck up the courage to visit your GP and discuss the symptoms you have been experiencing, it is fair to say that you assume you will be given fair treatment and listened to accordingly.
When this does not happen and appropriate action is not taken, the consequences can be disastrous and you may be left wondering if you should perhaps gain the services of an injury lawyer in Witherslack in order to claim compensation for medical negligence.
One area with which an injury lawyer in Witherslack may be able to help is misdiagnosis, or in fact complete failure to diagnose a condition that has been present and not suitably investigated. A common area for this to happen is in regards to bowel cancer.
Symptoms of bowel cancer
The symptoms of bowel cancer can vary, but invariably include:
- Changes in bowel habits;
- Blood or rectal bleeding;
- Diarrhoea, constipation, faecal compaction;
- Weight loss (for no apparant reason); and
- You may even be experiencing extreme tiredness due to anaemia if you are suffering from internal bleeding.
All of these symptoms can be explained by and perhaps attributed to other conditions, but without further investigation your GP cannot be certain. If these investigations are not made, or are not completed accurately, then there is a chance your bowel cancer will go undetected and your survival rate may be severely impacted because treatment is delayed.
If this has happened to you, then there is a good chance that you will be able to make a compensation claim with an injury lawyer in Witherslack.
What you need to know to make a claim with an injury lawyer in Witherslack
In order to make a compensation claim for medical negligence in relation to misdiagnosed bowel cancer, it is important to demonstrate that the medical professional you have seen has acted negligently, or at a standard below that which is expected of them. In other words, they should have been able to make the diagnosis under the circumstances, but for some reason they failed to do so.
It is also vital to establish that this failure to diagnose properly has had an impact on you and your health, in other words that the misdiagnosis delayed treatment, and therefore potentially allowed the cancer to progress to the next stage. This is usually a period of between seven and eight months, depending on the initial severity/grade of the cancer.
To find out more about making a compensation claim with an injury lawyer in Witherslack, and to ascertain whether you are eligible to make a claim, you can take our 30-second test. This will also act as a compensation guide and tell you how much you might be able to claim if you are successful.
At Accident Advice Helpline we deal with medical negligence cases every day and can provide you with the legal advice you need. If you would like to discuss your accident in more detail with an adviser then dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: 23rd October 2013
Author: David Brown