Category: Cancer Care

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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What to do when you receive cancer treatment too late

Receiving vital, life-saving cancer treatment too late really can mean the difference between life and death, and it can be devastating when patients aren’t provided with care quickly enough.

That’s why we’re incredibly alarmed to hear the recent news that the NHS is seeing some of the worst figures on record when it comes to treatment times for cancer. Recent figures indicate that a quarter of patients aren’t receiving treatment in accordance with the targets set by the NHS.  A lot of this may well be down to the increased pressure of more people coming forward for checks, and a lack of funding for cancer care across the board isn’t helping as well.

As a patient who has cancer treatment too late, what can you do, and what are your rights?

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Rising NHS delay compensation claims

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We may see rising numbers of NHS delay compensation claims. Delayed treatment and delayed diagnosis are two of the most common types of medical negligence claims we represent people for, and a surge in these types of cases is a worry for all.

The fears of rising cases stems from recent findings published by the National Audit Office. They cited the issue that around 40% of medical negligence claims are for delayed diagnosis or treatment. Worryingly, they have also suggested that waiting time targets are still getting missed, and the problem is getting worse.

They said that the waiting list grew from 2.7 million to 4.2 million between 2013 and 2018 which shows the extent of the problem. This isn’t sustainable, and patient safety can be compromised when action isn’t taken quickly enough.

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Have you had NHS breast screening problems?

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If you have been the victim of NHS breast screening problems, we may be able to help you. That’s for victims of last year’s scandal, and for those who have had issues generally.

Breast cancer screening is so, so important. It can be the difference between life and death in some cases. That’s why the huge NHS breast screening problems from last year’s IT glitch was so serious. And that’s why we have launched legal action for victims of the issue that have placed their claim with us.

If you have had problems and ended up suffering as a result, you may be entitled to make a claim for medical negligence compensation.

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Breast cancer screening compensation

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You can find out if you’re eligible for breast cancer screening compensation today by contacting our team. We offer No Win, No Fee representation.

You may recall the horrifying discovery of the breast cancer screening “cover-up” from last May. We’ve launched legal action over this particular issue, although we can help you claim as well if you have been the victim of an incident involving breast screening.

The breast cancer screening compensation action is just one of the legal actions we’re helping people claim for right now. You may be able to claim as well.

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Medical Negligence for cancer waiting times

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Medical negligence for cancer waiting times could be set to rise with news of worsening problems for patients waiting for treatment.

Figures from last year revealed some disturbing facts about the issues for cancer waiting times for the NHS in England. Although this isn’t a blight on the incredibly hardworking staff who are fighting an uphill battle against a lack of staff and resources, patients are at risk of harm.

It’s important to recognise the risks faced by patients. Increased risks ultimately mean the likelihood for the need for medical negligence claims rising. When it comes to a matter a serious as cancer, something needs to be done.

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