Category: Cancer Care

Ian Paterson compensation claims

Claims for Medical Negligence Compensation

Since Ian Paterson was first in the media over reports of mistreatment of patients, many have been contacted by the hospitals who employed him. Now, as part of an expanded patient recall by Spire Healthcare, as many as 5,500 patients have been told they may have been affected by potentially harmful practices. If they have, they could be eligible to engage in the latest Ian Paterson compensation claims process.

In 2017, it was reported that former breast surgeon Ian Paterson received a 20-year sentence following convictions that included 17 counts of wounding with intent, and three counts of unlawful wounding. In this criminal case, only some of the victims were accounted for, but it has since emerged that many more may have been affected by potential malpractice. Over the course of his practice, Paterson reportedly misdiagnosed breast cancer, performed breast surgery on patients who didn’t need it, and performed dangerous ‘cleavage-sparing’ mastectomies on breast cancer patients.

The new expansion of compensation claims is a vital step in allowing as many victims as possible to access the justice they deserve. As specialists in medical negligence, we offered our advice to victims of Ian Paterson when his mistreatment was first exposed. If you were affected, we may now be able to help you to ensure that any suffering is compensated for.

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Cancer treatment delayed

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When cancer treatment is delayed, the consequences for patients can be extremely severe, whether they involve prolonged pain or further spreading of the disease. As such, in cases where medical practitioners have caused unwarranted delays to treatment and the patient’s health has consequently been negatively affected, there may be sufficient reason to make a medical negligence claim.

If you have suffered from worsened health due to delays to your cancer treatment, you should not have to face these complications without consequences for those who may have neglected to progress your treatment. Cancer treatment cannot be pushed to one side without repercussions, as the consequences for the patients can be severe.

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Outbreak of coronavirus causes 50% drop in lung cancer referrals

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Following the outbreak of coronavirus in March, Cancer Research UK has revealed that lung cancer referrals have dropped by an astonishing 50% during the pandemic.

This statistic is a huge cause for concern given that lung cancer remains one of the deadliest forms of cancer, and early diagnosis is absolutely critical when it comes to the best chances of survival.

There are a number of different factors contributing to this shocking statistic, and one of the main ones is understood to be similarities between lung cancer and coronavirus symptoms. Both illnesses can cause a persistent cough, a lack of energy, and breathlessness. Patients with these symptoms could be assuming that it is simply a case of coronavirus and they may not visit their GP to check if it could be lung cancer.

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Breast cancer compensation claims advice

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A breast cancer compensation claim is a serious matter. We can represent eligible clients for cases on a No Win, No Fee basis, and we are here to help.

We appreciate that this is a tough experience to go through, but the law is on your side. If you have suffered any injury or loss as a result of negligence arising from any diagnosis or treatment related to cancer, you could be entitled to claim compensation.

A legal case for compensation can allow for some form of justice to be received for what a patient has to go through. Here is how we can help.

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Legal advice for cancer screening errors

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Cancer screening errors can be devastating and can have the potential to cause serious harm to patients. In some cases, the damage may be irreversible.

With this in mind, it’s important that we discuss this issue and advise patients about their rights when it comes to justice. Victims of an error can be entitled to make a claim for medical negligence compensation with us, and we may be able to offer No Win, No Fee representation.

There’s a great deal that needs to be considered in a case like this. When it comes to personal injury legal cases, our focus and dedication is on serious matters like these. Our team is here to help you.

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When cancer is diagnosed too late

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When cancer is diagnosed too late, the impact for the patient can be absolutely devastating. That’s why it’s important for us to address this topic as specialist medical negligence lawyers.

The chances of surviving cancer, in many cases, can be hugely increased by being diagnosed and treated early. If there are any delays in the process, this could be the difference between life and death, and it’s shortages in skilled staff that can lead to this happening. There also needs to be a clear plan for the future, where population numbers will increase, and services need to expand to meet the greater demand.

Patients who are affected by late diagnosis or late treatment issues can be entitled to some form of justice by making a claim for personal injury compensation.

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When breast cancer is not diagnosed in time

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It can be truly devastating when breast cancer is not diagnosed quickly enough, whether it’s due to an initial misdiagnosis, or problems getting scans, referrals and results.

Like with other cancers, it can spread into other areas of the body. If left untreated for too long, the cancer can spread to the point where there’s simply nothing more that can be done.

For those patients who are fortunate enough to be able to make a recovery, a late diagnosis can still leave you with long-term health problems and a great deal of suffering. That’s why it’s important to know your rights when it comes to medical negligence personal injury compensation claims.

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NHS screening problems: advice for patients

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When it comes to NHS screening problems for things like cancer, it’s important that patients get the right help when it’s needed.

But when things go wrong, patients can suffer. When problems are avoidable, that’s where we can help people.

Delayed diagnosis or delayed treatment that stems from problems with screening can allow a patient to make a medical negligence claim for compensation. Depending on what has happened, we may be able to offer No Win, No Fee representation.

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NHS cancer scans delayed over pensions problems

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It’s reported that there are delays with NHS cancer scans being read that has stemmed from an ongoing pensions tax row that has led to some NHS staff limiting the amount of overtime they do.

In some cases, cancer scans are being left for weeks before being dealt with, which can leave patients vulnerable to cancer spreading and the development of compilations. One example reportedly saw turnaround times jump from one week to one month, and some patients have turned up to appointments for readings to be given when scans haven’t been dealt with at all, leading to wasted appointments.

At the centre of this ongoing dispute is the patients who are vulnerable to suffering more when turnaround times are impacted. For a matter as serious and as left threatening as cancer, something needs to be done.

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Cancer misdiagnosis compensation claims

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As worrying and as sensitive as the topic may be, we simply have to talk about cancer misdiagnosis compensation claims because they do happen.

It’s an important subject to cover because for patients who have suffered a misdiagnosis that’s related to cancer, the impact can be devastating. In some cases, the impact can be permanent, and in some cases, it can be fatal.

If you have been misdiagnosed when you had cancer, or if you were symptoms we misdiagnosed as cancer and you’ve had unnecessary treatment, its important to know your rights.

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Doctors missed cancer signs and symptoms

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It can be absolutely devastating for patients in cases where the doctors missed cancer signs and symptoms, and the impact can be severe and permanent.

It comes as no comfort when we’re told that we don’t have anything serious to worry about, only to discover later on down the line that there has been an error. As medical negligence specialists, compensation claims for a missed or incorrect diagnosis is a common type of case, and when it involves cancer, it’s a matter that needs to be taken seriously.

If this has happened to you or someone you know, here’s a little advice about what to do.

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NHS cancer screening programmes “unfit for purpose”

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NHS cancer screening programmes have been deemed as “unfit for purpose” by MPs in a report that has been looking into the effectiveness of screening in the UK.

This news come just a year after the huge IT glitch that led to hundreds of thousands of women not receiving vital breast cancer screening because their letters were never sent to them. We’re involved in legal action from that particular scandal, but the recent news of more widespread failures is incredibly concerning.

Medical negligence compensation claims that arise from a failure to diagnose and failure to treat can be common. If the NHS cancer screening programmes are not fit for purpose, we could see more cases of negligence that may shorten lives and cause permanent problems for patients.

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