Hearing a doctor tell you or a loved one they have cancer is one of the most shocking and upsetting experiences you can go through.

If you have cancer, you need the highest level of care to have the best possible chance of recovery.

Most of the time, you will receive all the care and treatment you need. Sometimes though, clinical negligence can result in;

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Late diagnosis, or
  • A complete failure to diagnose

If you or a loved one has suffered a misdiagnosis or late diagnosis of cancer, Ringrose Law can help.

We cannot change your diagnosis, or the stress that comes with it. But we can help you claim the compensation you need to provide financial support as you battle the illness.

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What is Cancer Misdiagnosis?

It is vital that medical professionals diagnose cancer quickly and accurately. The sooner it is discovered, the more effective the treatment. As a result, the better your chances of recovery.

Misdiagnosis or late diagnosis can cause cancer to advance and become more serious. In the worst cases, it can get to the point where effective treatment is no longer an option.

You might even get a cancer diagnosis when you do not have it which can put you through unnecessary stress. It can also result in you receiving dangerous treatments you do not need. Chemotherapy or radiotherapy for example.

What Types of Cancer Can I Make a Misdiagnosis Claim For?

No matter what type of cancer you have, we can help you make a claim if you have received an incorrect diagnosis.

We have helped clients claim for late or misdiagnosis of all kinds of cancer, including;

Am I Eligible to Make a Cancer Misdiagnosis Claim?

To be eligible to make a claim the diagnosis or treatment you must have made your condition worse.

You may be able to make a claim if:

  • Your GP not referring you to a specialist for further investigation
  • A doctor failed to give an accurate diagnosis
  • Medical professional misinterpreted scans, tests, or x-rays
  • You received incorrect treatment
  • Admin errors resulting in failure to arrange follow up appointments
  • You were administered the incorrect medication
  • A doctor made an error during an invasive procedure
  • Medical professionals did not get your consent before treatment
  • Treatment fell below acceptable standards
  • Your doctor wrongly gave you the all-clear

The best way to find out if you are eligible to claim is to contact our cancer misdiagnosis solicitors. We can help you understand your situation and what options you have.

How Much Compensation Can I Claim For Cancer Misdiagnosis?

Every cancer claim we handle is different. As such, it is difficult to put a value on how much your claim could be worth.

When assessing how much compensation you are entitled to, we’ll consider;

  • How severe the consequences of your misdiagnosis are
  • How long your cancer went undiagnosed
  • How much pain and suffering you have endured as a result of your misdiagnosis
  • Loss of earning as a result of not being able to work
  • Any out-of-pocket expenses you have incurred

We can only calculate how much your claim is worth once when understand the full impact of your illness. To see how much your claim is worth, contact our medical negligence solicitors. We will get some details from you and give you an idea of how much compensation you are entitled to.

How Long Do Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims Take to Settle?

The time it takes to settle your claim depends on the severity and complexity of your case.

Complex cases often take longer to settle. This is because we need to understand the full consequences of your late or misdiagnosis. If we settle sooner, it could mean your claim being undervalued.

If your claim is complex and the other side accepts liability, we could claim early compensation payments. These ‘interim’ payments will help to cover the costs of care while your claim is in process.

Can I Make a No Win, No Fee Claim?

Most of the cancer misdiagnosis claims we handle are on a no win, no fee basis.

This means;

  • You do not have to pay anything up front to make a claim
  • You will not have to pay any legal fees if your claim is not successful
  • There is no financial risk to you

When you win your case, the other side will pay most of the legal cost. Any other fees will be deducted from your compensation settlement.

Rest assured, we will keep you up to date of any and all the fees you can expect to pay. You will always know how much money you will receive.

Why Choose Ringrose Law to Represent You?

At Ringrose Law, our motto is, ‘Where individuals Count’.

Every claim we take on is individual. Every person we represent is individual, with individual needs experiences, circumstances and needs.

As such, we take an individual approach to every claim.

When you choose Ringrose Law to represent you, we will;

  • Assign an experience medical negligence solicitor to handle your claim – From your initial consultation all the way to settlement.
  • Give you direct access to your solicitor – You’ll have their email address and direct phone number so you can always deal with them directly.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    There is a three-year time limit to file a cancer misdiagnosis claim. This time limit start from the date you first became aware that mistakes had been made.

    If you want to claim for a family member who has passed away from cancer, you have three years from;

    1. The date of their death, or
    2. The date you became aware their death was caused by misdiagnosis

    Whichever is later.

    There are exceptions to this three-year time limit;

    • Claiming on behalf of children – You can claim on behalf of a child at any point up until their 18th birthday. once they turn eighteen, they have until they are twenty-one to make a claim themselves.
    • Claiming of behalf of a loved one who lacks mental capacity – there is no time limit.

    Time limits aside, it is important to contact us as soon as you can.

    The sooner you contact us, the easier it will be to gather the evidence we need for a successful claim. Also, if the other side accepts liability, we may be able to claim interim compensation payments. These help to cover the cost of early treatment and relieve any financial pressure you might me under.

    Many people have concerns about making a claim against the NHS.  Especially if they have received good care from doctors and nurses.

    Rest assured, bringing a claim against the NHS does not affect hospital staff.

    Claims are handled by NHS Resolution. This is an organisation set up by the government as an insurance provider to the NHS.

    NHS Trusts pay into it each year, like any other type of insurance. Then, if a successful claim is made, NHS Resolution will pay out on behalf of the trust the claim was made against.


    If a family member or loved one had died as the result of cancer misdiagnosis, you might be eligible to claim.

    You have three years from the date of their death, or the date you were made aware that negligence caused their death. Whichever is later.

    Our lawyers will make sure you received an amount that can pay for all your care needs. Both now and in the future.

    These include;

    • Specialist private medical treatment
    • Rehabilitation
    • Out of pocket expenses
    • Loss of earnings

    The sooner we can secure compensation, the better. So, when an organisation accepts responsibility, we will move to secure early compensation payments. These will cover the cost of immediate care, expenses, and loss of earnings.

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