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Bowel Cancer Negligence Claims

Reviewed by

Peter Rigby - Director of Medical Negligence | Last updated on: 10th July, 2024

We've got your Bowel Cancer Negligence Claim covered

Early detection of bowel cancer greatly improves the likelihood of recovery, but, when treatment is delayed due to medical negligence, the cancer can become life-threatening.

Bowel cancer is the 2nd most common cause of cancer death in the UK and a staggering 54% of cases are preventable. The disease can be a silent threat, with symptoms difficult to diagnose or detect in the early stages. However, when symptoms do occur, misdiagnosis and delays in treatment can have a devastating impact.

Generally, the NHS have a good reputation for their cancer treatment, but unfortunately, errors sometimes occur. Patients face delays in bowel cancer treatment, misdiagnosis of bowel cancer, and complications during treatment and care. If you have been affected by a misdiagnosis or any form of bowel cancer medical negligence which has worsened your condition, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

Our team of bowel cancer specialist solicitors have many years of experience dealing with medical negligence bowel cancer claims and will support you to ensure that you receive the treatment and compensation that you deserve.

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Bowel Cancer And Medical Negligence 


Bowel cancer, or colorectal cancer as it’s sometimes referred to, is a common form of cancer affecting any part of the bowels. Bowel cancer misdiagnosis and negligence can have severe consequences. You may receive the wrong treatment, or worse, your symptoms may be dismissed and left untreated altogether. Failure to intervene quickly and effectively can result in long-term complications such as bowel damage and, in some cases, can result in death. 

Treatment for bowel cancer will depend on the staging as well as other factors, such as any other health conditions you may have. If your cancer has been staged incorrectly, this could also result in the wrong type of treatment being given. 

Any form of bowel cancer negligence can have a devastating impact on the patient and if you have suffered from medical negligence when being diagnosed or receiving treatment for your bowel cancer, you could be entitled to make a bowel cancer claim.


Types Of Bowel Cancer Negligence Claims


There are several reasons a bowel cancer negligence claim may be raised. We have represented and supported hundreds of bowel cancer patients and their families affected by negligent medical care. 

Some examples of the bowel cancer negligence claims that we have pursued include:

If you have been affected by a bowel cancer misdiagnosis or any form of medical negligence, you could be eligible to claim compensation. 


Bowel Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims


One common reason for a bowel cancer negligence claim is misdiagnosis. A delay in bowel cancer treatment due to misdiagnosis can have devastating effects for patients and can mean that the cancer spreads. 

A bowel cancer misdiagnosis can occur for a number of reasons:

  • Medical professionals can miss symptoms or fail to order necessary tests such as colonoscopies
  • Even if tests are performed, test results can be misinterpreted leading to a misdiagnosis
  • Doctors may mistake bowel cancer symptoms for a less serious condition, like IBS or haemorrhoids 

These factors can lead to patients receiving the wrong treatment and be delayed in receiving the correct treatment, both of which can have adverse implications for the patient. 

When you are being treated for bowel cancer, every medical professional has a duty of care to provide you with the correct diagnosis and treatment, but if there has been a breach of that duty of care and you have been misdiagnosed, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.


How Do I Know If I Have A Bowel Cancer Claim?


In order to claim for bowel cancer negligence, you must be able to prove that negligent care was the direct cause of the worsening of your condition. For example, if your cancer treatment was delayed, there would need to be a delay of several months to prove that this led to the cancer progressing to an advanced stage.

If you have experienced inadequate medical care for your bowel cancer and this worsened your condition, you may have a valid claim for bowel cancer negligence. Our team of legal professionals can offer a free case assessment to determine if you have grounds for a bowel cancer negligence claim.  We understand the challenges you face and are dedicated to helping you navigate this difficult situation.

How To Make A Bowel Cancer Negligence Claim


If you believe you have experienced bowel cancer misdiagnosis or negligence, then please speak to us today on 03301075310, or fill out our contact form to start your claim. We understand that navigating medical negligence can be confusing. A free consultation with our experienced team can quickly clarify if you have a valid claim.

Our bowel cancer specialist solicitors will support you throughout the process of making a No Win No Fee medical negligence claim, providing guidance and empathy during what can be a difficult time.

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Why Choose Patient Claim Line for your Bowel Cancer Negligence Claim?

Not just lawyers — medical negligence experts

Patient Claim Line was established in 2014 and consists of a team of medical lawyers specialising in cancer negligence and general medical negligence claims.

At Patient Claim Line we have more than 100 solicitors with a combined experience of over 400 years and they will work on your behalf to achieve the best result possible for you.

It’s not enough to use a solicitor who sometimes covers medical negligence. You need someone who knows this area through and through. That is what the solicitors here at Patient Claim Line do. They deal exclusively in this area of law and are experts in the field.

Frequently asked questions about Bowel Cancer Negligence Claims

Our expert legal team answer your questions about making a Bowel Cancer Negligence Claim

You should make a bowel cancer claim within three years of the negligence occurring, or from when the effects of negligence first appear. In cases involving anyone under 18, the legal case must be pursued within three years from the date of their 18th birthday. There are other exceptions to the rule and we’d recommend reaching out to one of our experts to clarify the deadlines applying to your case.

The amount of compensation you may be entitled to for a bowel cancer claim will depend on the specific circumstances related to your case. Every claim is different and the ultimate  pay-out figure will be based on many factors , including the impact on your health, medical expenses, and any loss of earnings. For a better sense of how much compensation you can expect to receive, give our bowel cancer negligence specialists a call or fill out our online form.

According to NHS Inform, the 3 main symptoms of bowel cancer are: 

  • Blood in your poo 
  • Changes in bowel habits (e.g. going to the toilet more frequently) 
  • Looser stools and stomach pain


Because bowel cancer symptoms can be very subtle and similar to  conditions like IBS and Crohn’s disease, bowel cancer misdiagnosis can unfortunately occur. This can have severe consequences, especially if the cancer is caught in the late stages. If your bowel cancer symptoms were misdiagnosed, you may have grounds for a medical negligence claim.

Yes, if you or a loved one believe a medical professional missed clear signs of cancer at any stage, you may be entitled to compensation. To have a valid claim, there needs to be evidence of medical negligence; your best course of action is to consult with a bowel cancer negligence solicitor who can assess your specific situation, and help you to prove that you received substandard medical treatment.

Meet our Bowel Cancer Negligence Team

  • Peter Rigby

    Director of Medical Negligence

  • Hannah Luscombe

    Associate & Senior Solicitor

  • Jennifer Argent


  • Rebecca Kelly

    Associate Solicitor

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    My husband, Nick, went back and forth to the doctors for a long time and tried everything the doctor recommended. But his illness got worse, to the point that he was in agony.

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    He used to be a man with a lot to live for, but in the end he was in so much pain that he withdrew from the family. He became angry that nobody had helped him sooner, and the legal team were able to give him the validation that he was desperately seeking. The NHS confirmed if they had done more, Nick would still be alive today.