Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims

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Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims

Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims


In the last forty years, cancer survival rates have doubled which is very welcome news. Sadly, some cancer cases are missed and the wrong diagnosis can have devastating and far-reaching consequences. Medical professionals have a legal and professional obligation to provide their patients with an accurate diagnosis. Should cancer be misdiagnosed, your access to the right treatment may be delayed, and your condition may become more severe as a result.


Making a Cancer Misdiagnosis Claim


If the worst does happen and you find yourself seeking legal advice for a cancer misdiagnosis claim, either for yourself or a loved one, our expert team can provide guidance and reassurance during a truly devastating time. All it takes is one quick phone call to start your cancer misdiagnosis compensation claim. From there we will guide you through the process and explain:


  • If we are able to take on your case and believe that we can win you the compensation you’re entitled to
  • How your claim will be handled and what information we need from you
  • How much your claim may be worth
  • What compensation can help you with 
  • How our no win no fee agreements works

Frequently asked questions about Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims

Our expert legal team answer your questions about making an Cancer Misdiagnosis Claim

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What is a cancer misdiagnosis claim?


If you feel that during any stage of your cancer diagnosis or treatment, your case was not handled correctly and you received a delayed or incorrect diagnosis, then you may be able to make a cancer misdiagnosis claim. Catching cancer early on improves the chances of survival significantly, which is why any delay in diagnosis or treatment can be so costly. Every healthcare professional must treat patients according to a code of conduct and has a duty of care. When this duty has not been met, and the consequences have resulted in suffering that would otherwise have been avoided, this is considered to be medical negligence. If this has happened to you  we will listen to your concerns with empathy and openness, helping to understand if you have a case, and to get you the support and answers you need.


Types of cancer Misdiagnosis


There are hundreds of types of cancers. Many cancers have early symptoms that are associated with less serious illnesses at first. This is just one reason why cancer may be misdiagnosed. 


The NHS set targets to diagnose three-quarters of cancer cases at an early stage to help improve survival rates. As it stands, this target is not being met and we have helped thousands of patients overcome a cancer misdiagnosis for many types of cancer including:



Awareness of the signs and symptoms of each cancer is the first step in getting a diagnosis. There is more information on each of our cancer claim pages above.


Why is cancer misdiagnosed?


During early appointments, when you share your concerns with your doctor, you will likely be thoroughly examined or referred to a specialist if they believe further investigation is required. If a GP suspects you have cancer, they should make an urgent referral within two weeks. If this does not happen and you later learn you do have cancer, it can be treated as medical negligence. This is just one example of medical negligence, others include: 


  • Failing to request the proper tests in the right time period
  • Misreading test results such as blood or tissue samples
  • Not recording patient information or symptoms properly
  • Diagnosing a different illness
  • Prescribing the wrong treatment


A delayed diagnosis or a misdiagnosis can occur at any time, even when receiving treatment. The emotional upheaval of a cancer diagnosis, not to mention the physical effects, can be catastrophic, which is why we help patients across the UK to take action for their cancer misdiagnosis.


Cancer Misdiagnosis Payouts


Patient Claim Line has helped thousands of cancer sufferers secure cancer misdiagnosis payouts from NHS trusts and private clinics throughout the UK. For example, after our client’s lymphoma misdiagnosis, we were able to settle with Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust which helped our client to rebuild his life. Cancer misdiagnosis are there to help you move forward and recover from your cancer misdiagnosis by helping you to pay for things like:


  • The cost of any private healthcare you may need
  • Ongoing medications and treatment plans
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Prosthetics, particularly ones that are not offered on the NHS 
  • Recovery from the trauma of a cancer misdiagnosis
  • Travel costs
  • Any changes to your living situation including adapting your home


There is no definite amount for a cancer misdiagnosis payout. Every case is decided according to the individual circumstances. Using a specialist cancer misdiagnosis solicitor ensures you have the absolute best chance of getting the maximum settlement you are entitled to.


Cancer Misdiagnosis Claim Experts


At Patient Claim Line, our specialist legal experts have extensive experience in supporting clients and delivering cancer misdiagnosis compensation. We understand the distress and devastation that can be caused by delayed, negligent or misdiagnosed cancer treatment. We have over 100 medical negligence solicitors based throughout the UK, and can offer a local service with the expertise and capacity of a national firm. While some firms take on cases in every area of the law, we only take on medical negligence cases. This means we are number one at what we do and help people just like you claim compensation for their cancer misdiagnosis every day.


No Win No Fee Cancer Misdiagnosis


Once we accept your claim, we always work on a no win no fee basis. This means that if you pursue your claim with us, and the claim is not successful, you walk away without having to pay us a penny. That’s our promise to you. We know that making a claim can seem daunting and want to make it as stress free as possible. Knowing you don’t have to pay a single penny unless we win your case means you have complete peace of mind when making your cancer misdiagnosis claim.

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Why Choose Patient Claim Line for your Cancer Misdiagnosis Claim?

Not just lawyers — medical negligence experts

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

At Patient Claim Line we have more than 100 solicitors with 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 Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims

Our expert legal team answer your questions about making an Cancer Misdiagnosis Claim

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
Head of Group Action

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
Team Leader/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.

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Case Study

Sarah's Story

"Now we have peace of mind"

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.

In the end we got so desperate that we asked for a referral. The doctor was reluctant, so we had to consult a private hospital. That’s when we found out there was a tumour. It took years from the onset of his illness to finally start cancer treatment.

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.

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