Breast Cancer Compensation Claims

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Peter Rigby, Director of Medical Neglience

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Figures show that breast cancer survival has doubled in the last 40 years in the UK. The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the better the chances of successful treatment and recovery. If your condition is misdiagnosed or treatment is delayed, the effects can, therefore,  be extremely damaging. If you feel that you received substandard medical care when it came to your breast cancer diagnosis or treatment, you could be able to claim compensation.


Making a breast cancer compensation claim


Our expert breast cancer claim solicitors are experienced in representing those who have suffered due to medical negligence. We are passionate about helping you secure the right compensation that will lead you on the road to both physical and emotional recovery. When you speak to one of our experienced solicitors they will:


  • Tell you straight away if you are able to make a breast cancer compensation claim
  • Investigate the circumstances that led to a misdiagnosis or medical negligence in your breast cancer care
  • Help you find out how much your claim could be worth
  • Explain our No Win No Fee agreement and how you are completely protected


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What is a breast cancer compensation claim?


Every patient has the right to receive a good standard of care no matter their illness. For breast cancer patients, a timely diagnosis and the correct course of treatment can improve the outcome considerably;  98% of women survive stage 1 breast cancer versus 25% of women with stage 4 cancer. If, for any reason or during any part of your cancer journey, your cancer was misdiagnosed or treatment delayed, this may be a case of medical negligence and you could make a breast cancer compensation claim. 


The most common types of breast cancer claims include: 


  • Breast cancer misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis 
  • Incorrect staging of cancer 
  • Surgical negligence 
  • Failure to conduct adequate testing or refer a patient to a specialist
  • Not enough of the cancerous tissue being removed, meaning that the cancer returns later
  • Unnecessary cosmetic damage to the breasts or breast reconstruction surgery being carried out


If you or a loved one has been affected by negligent treatment of breast cancer, please contact our medical negligence experts who can advise and guide you towards claiming compensation for the damage caused. 


Breast cancer screening claims


Breast screenings are offered between the ages of 50 and 71. Those who are eligible will receive an invitation via post every three years. However, if you were born between 1938 and 1950 you may not be on the current system, you can contact the NHS here to see about your appointment status.


If you believe that you should have received a screening invitation but didn’t, and this led to the worsening of your condition, we are here to help. It is possible that an administrative error led to the delay in your diagnosis which could delay treatment and even increase the risk of the cancer returning in the future. 


Breast cancer misdiagnosis


The most commonly known sign of breast cancer is a lump in the breast. However, there are many other signs and symptoms that should be investigated by your GP or consultant to rule out or diagnose breast cancer. These symptoms can be misdiagnosed as other illnesses. Often lumps can be misdiagnosed as benign cysts or fluctuating hormone levels. We have also seen cases where women were below the typical age for breast cancer and so symptoms were not taken seriously enough. Rashes or changes in skin texture have been diagnosed as skin conditions like eczema, and we have helped women who have been misdiagnosed with mastitis or fibrocystic breast disease which turned out to be cancer.


Your concerns should always be taken seriously. In the UK, breast cancer patients should receive their diagnosis through ‘a triple test’ investigation.


This includes:

  • A clinical examination of a lump in the breast
  • The above-mentioned mammogram procedure
  • A biopsy where a pathologist reviews the potentially cancerous cells under a microscope


If cancer is present it should, ideally, be found early enough to improve the probability of recovery. However, if this diagnosis was performed inadequately or the results were interpreted incorrectly, it is possible that your breast cancer could be misdiagnosed. If you have experienced a misdiagnosis, your cancer may have progressed to a more aggressive and advanced stage, and you could be entitled to compensation. 


How do I know if I can claim?


When you contact us we will ask you about your cancer diagnosis and the details of what happened. From there, we can tell you if you are able to make a claim. We have helped people throughout the UK claim breast cancer compensation for any of the following reasons:


  • Symptoms mistaken for other illnesses such as cysts 
  • Failure to refer for tests or delays in testing
  • Failure to perform a biopsy
  • Results or scans being read incorrectly
  • Errors in routine mammograms
  • Delays in starting treatment or the wrong treatment being administered


Even if cancer is detected, staging errors can occur, resulting in the wrong course of treatment. Secondary breast cancer can even show up in other areas of the body and not the breast at all, which leads to serious delays in a diagnosis. We rely on healthcare professionals to get our diagnosis and care right so that we can get better. Which is why, when this doesn’t happen, you are entitled to compensation.


What can I expect?


If you are making a claim for breast cancer compensation then you can expect that, after an investigation, you will be awarded an amount based on the impact the medical negligence or misdiagnosis has had on your life. When working on your claim we take into account the severity of the medical negligence and the cost of rebuilding your life. This usually includes:


  • The cost of additional private treatment, where necessary
  • The opportunity to receive rehabilitation services and products
  • Repayment any loss of earnings while you have been unable to work
  • Any financial burden on your friends and family who have had to care for you 
  • The cost of travel to and from appointments
  • Pain, suffering and the emotional distress suffered throughout your breast cancer misdiagnosis


We are passionate about getting you an explanation and apology for what happened to you and securing the right compensation to lead you on the road to both physical and emotional recovery.


Wrongly diagnosed with breast cancer


There are some instances where patients have been diagnosed with breast cancer only to find out later that they did not have the disease at all. This can lead to unnecessary mastectomies or invasive chemotherapy treatment that was not needed. In these cases test results have been misread or a biopsy has been misreported. The emotional turmoil that this causes can have a huge impact on an individual and their family, not to mention the physical effects.


Just as we are here to help with a cancer misdiagnosis or errors in treatment, we can also help with any caim where breast cancer was wrongly diagnosed. 


Why Choose Us


Patient Claim Line has been helping people just like you since 2014. We only handle medical negligence cases; nothing else. Which means our solicitors are experts in their field and understand medical negligence and misdiagnosis inside and out.


We offer a completely free initial consultation, where we tell you if you have a claim and then work with you to establish exactly what happened and where you are currently in your breast cancer diagnosis and care plan. Our sole aim is to get you as much compensation as possible so you can try to heal the physical and emotional wounds caused by medical negligence. With over 100 solicitors based throughout the UK, we have someone near you who can help get you started with your claim and guide you through the whole process. 


No Win No Fee Breast Cancer Claims


As part of our No Win No Fee agreement, you will not have to pay anything up front if we take your case. You will only pay if we win. If we do not win your case, you are completely protected and do not have to pay us anything. We understand that breast cancer can take its toll on you and your family, and want to do everything we can to ensure that making a claim is as stress free and simple as possible for you. 

A successful claim can result in a settlement, as well as the opportunity for the trust or healthcare professional to apologise. Compensation can also mean:

  • Financial compensation that can help you get back to life before your suffering.
  • Covering the cost of additional private treatment, where necessary
  • The opportunity to receive rehabilitation services and products
  • Assist with any loss of earnings while you have been unable to work

If you have been affected as a result of negligence relating to your breast cancer treatment at Barking Havering and Redbridge University Trust, our expert team is here to help.

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Meet our medical negligence team

Peter Rigby

Peter Rigby
Director of Medical Negligence

Peter leads the Medical Negligence Serious Injury department, which now boasts some of our most knowledgeable, dedicated and hardworking team members.

Peter is dedicated to supporting victims of catastrophic medical negligence injuries and endeavours to provide a clear and coherent approach to claims. He recognises the effects serious injuries can have and therefore ensures his customers’ need for support is met. Peter also has a vast amount of experience working with customers who have been injured abroad and is able to act under international law to provide the best outcomes.

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Christian Beadell

Christian Beadell
Partner, Head of Strategy and Legal Operations

Christian is Head of Medical Negligence at Patient Claim Line and has specialised in clinical negligence claims since qualifying in 1998; having dealt with a wide variety of claims throughout his career. He is also featured in the Legal 500 as a recommended claimant solicitor in the North West.

Christian qualified as a solicitor in 1998, specialising in clinical negligence. From 2010 onward he has had a particular interest in gynaecological and urogynaecological claims, having represented several hundred claimants in the George Rowland Litigation against the Liverpool Women’s and Aintree Hospitals. This investigated the treatment given to women in the Merseyside area over several decades, and in particular focused on the introduction and development of mesh into the UK in both the treatment of stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. The development of this area involved pursuing claims under a unique ADR protocol with the NHS and also looking to develop the current thinking on the valuation of compensation for complex urinary symptoms. He has successfully recovered hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation on behalf of my clients.

Christian was also involved in setting up and chairing a Claimant Support Group for those involved in the Rowland litigation, which provided a discussion forum for the many women who were left isolated and damaged by negligent gynaecological treatment. He now co-ordinates the firm’s mesh claims and has delivered training and commented extensively on the medico-legal implications of urogynaecological / mesh complications. He is a member of APIL, Liverpool Law Society and Legal 500 recommended.

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Francesca Paul

Francesca Paul
Associate Solicitor

Francesca Paul is an Associate, Senior Solicitor and Team Leader within the Clinical Negligence Department.  She is one of the driving Solicitors in the Group Litigation Team dealing with this niche and specialist area of work that Fletchers undertakes.   

Francesca previously worked in Nottingham, dealing with Group Action work.  She now works at Fletchers, bringing with her those years of experience heading up a team of 10 people.  Francesca is involved in the early identification of potential new Group Litigation Work and analyses information from the collective pool of new enquiries into the business, of which there are hundreds per week looking for hot spots or recurrent issues which might suggest a potential pool of Claimants.   

One of the highlights for Francesca and her team is that they have successfully recovered over a million pounds in compensation for clients who have received treatment from a single orthopaedic surgeon who was operating in the Colchester area.  Her role requires a specific set of skills, patience and a forensic approach to detail whilst being able to see the wider picture.   

Francesca has previously acted for a claimant in a case that reached the Supreme Court in the case of NA v Nottinghamshire County Council. 

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Sion Wynne

Sion Wynne
Senior Solicitor

Sion is a team leader and senior solicitor with many years’ experience in dealing with a wide range of medical specialisms and different types of injuries. He is an experienced medical negligence solicitor and manages a team of lawyers within our department.

Sion joined Fletchers in 2018 as a Team Leader in the Medical Negligence Department. Throughout his 24 year legal career, he has specialised in conducting medical negligence claims on behalf of Claimants, previously working for other highly ranked leading firms in the field.

He has undertaken claims covering the full spectrum of medical specialisms, clinical settings, categories of defendant and types of negligent medical care and treatment.
These include high value and complex maximum severity cases, such as those involving limb amputations and permanent neurological injuries.

Sion is experienced at representing bereaved families at inquests and has a particular interest in fatal accident claims.


Notable Cases

JI v Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Trust: £1.25m recovered for client left paraplegic after spinal anaesthesia.

RS v Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: £150,000 recovered for client in respect of a failure to recognise complications after a kidney transplant, where her father was the donor.

JN v MA: £100,000 recovered for a client who suffered 2 years persistent pain and disability after knee replacement surgery undertaken as a private patient.

CS v Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust: £400,000 recovered for a child who sustained Erb’s palsy during her delivery.

WO’C (Deceased) v Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; £450,000 recovered for the family of the deceased who died as a result of a delay in diagnosing a brain tumour.


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Case Study

Vincent's Story

"He's always there for us"

At the age of 2 we noticed our son Vincent had trouble with his hearing. We had this testing over a number of years and were repeatedly told there was nothing wrong.

Initially we thought this was a speech and language problem, this wasn't the case. It took 4 to 5 years of assessments, with the constant response that there was nothing wrong with his hearing. A different test was them carried on Vincent overnight where it was found he was profoundly deaf.

After years of frustration we were finally able to provide Vincent with the support he required and received an implant. This has enable Vincent to be able to hear. The support from our solicitors has enabled to to gain access to specialist which have supported Vincent in closing the gap in his speech he lost out on to his peers.

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