Brain Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims

According to Cancer Research brain cancer is the 9th most common cancer in the UK. With 12,288 people diagnosed every year.

With only a 12% survival rate of 5 or more years and 5,456 deaths between 2017-2019, the outlook is bleak.

As such, it’s vital that medical professionals diagnose brain cancer early. If not, the results can be fatal.

If you or a loved one has had their brain cancer misdiagnosed, or diagnosed late, we can help.

Our supportive cancer claims solicitors can help you claim compensation.

Compensation will not improve your diagnosis. But it does help to pay for the very best treatment and provides financial support to your family.

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Am I Eligible to Make a Claim For Brain Cancer Misdiagnosis?

All brain cancer misdiagnosis claims are different. misdiagnosis can happen because of a wide variety of negligent actions, or inaction.

Examples include;

  • Your GP neglecting to perform the required medical tests and examinations
  • Your doctor dismissing your symptoms as nothing serious
  • Failing to refer you to a specialist
  • Not following up on test results
  • Misinterpretation of test results, CT scans, x-rays, and brain scans
  • Delays in follow-up appointments
  • Diagnosing a malignant tumour as benign
  • Giving you the all-clear when they should not
  • Wrongly diagnosing the stage of your illness
  • Receiving treatment for brain cancer when you did not have it
  • Brain injury caused by a surgeon during surgery

There are a lots of reasons why brain cancer can be misdiagnosed. If none of the above examples apply to you, you could still be eligible to claim. Contact our team today.

Common Misdiagnoses For Brain Cancer

Medical professionals can misdiagnose brain cancer as other conditions. Symptoms often look like the result of other conditions, including;

  • Migraine: Brain tumours can cause severe headaches which doctors can diagnose as migraines.
  • Sinusitis: During early stages of brain cancer when symptoms are mild, they can look like those of a viral infection like sinusitis.
  • Stroke: The pressure on part of the brain caused by a growing tumour can cause symptoms that look like a stroke. These might be confusion, imbalance and severe headaches.
  • Multiple Sclerosis: MS affects the brain and spinal column. The symptoms are similar to those of a brain tumour.

If you present any of the above symptoms for a few weeks, you should keep going to the doctor. They should test for brain cancer. The failure to do so could be negligence.

How Much Compensation Can I Claim For Misdiagnosing Brain Cancer?

No two brain cancer claims are the same and compensation amounts vary from case to case.

The amount of compensation you receive will depend on;

  • How long your brain cancer went undiagnosed
  • The amount of pain and suffering you have experienced
  • How your diagnosis has affected your life expectancy
  • If you have had to have more aggressive or invasive treatment as a result
  • Any loss of earnings, including, wages, commissions bonuses and pension contributions
  • Out of pocket expenses, including private medical bills, travel expenses, in home care etc.
  • The cost of any ongoing treatment and support you need
  • If a loved one has died

Can I Claim On Behalf Of Someone Else?

You can make a claim on someone else’s behalf if;

  1. They’re a child – you can claim on behalf of your children and any child you are the legal guardian of.
  2. A person who lacks the mental capacity – if someone doesn’t have the mental capacity to bring a claim themselves, you can do it on their behalf.
  3. A loved one who has died – either as a bereaved relative or as the executive of their estate.

How Long Do I Have to Make a Claim?

Cancer misdiagnosis claims are subject to a three-year time limit. This starts from the date you became aware that medical negligence was a contributing factor.

There are two exceptions to this;

  1. Claiming for children – you can claim on behalf of a child up until their 18th birthday. When they reach the age of 18, they have three years in which to bring a claim themselves.
  2. Mental capacity claims – there are no time limits for claiming on behalf of someone who lacks mental capacity.

How Long Do Cancer Claims Take?

The length of time it takes to complete your case depends on several factors;

  • The severity of your illness
  • The complexity of your claim
  • If or not the other side accepts responsibility

The more severe and the more complex your case is, the longer your claim will take.

For us to claim the maximum amount of compensation we need to understand three things;

  1. Your current diagnosis
  2. Why your brain cancer went undiagnosed
  3. How your misdiagnosis will affect the rest of your life

It’s important for us to take the time to get a full picture. If not, your claim could result in less compensation than you’re entitled to.

If the other side accepts responsibility, we could secure ‘interim’ compensation payments. These are early payments designed to help cover the cost of immediate treatment and cover your bills if you’re not able to work.

Can I Make a No Win No Fee Claim?

Most of the brain cancer claims we claim are on a no win, no fee basis.

This means you are never at any financial risk.

You won’t have to pay anything to start a claim and you won’t pay if your claim is unsuccessful.

The only time you will have anything to pay is when your claim is successful. Even then, the other side will for most of the legal costs.

Our fees and any other will be deducted from your final settlement.

We will always keep you informed of any fees so you won’t get any nasty surprises.

No Win, No Fee

We can pursue most brain cancer claims on a No Win, No Fee basis. Get in touch and start your claims with no financial risk.0333 3580 393

Why Choose Ringrose Law?

Brain cancer is incredibly serious. Different people have different diagnoses with different consequences.

We see every day how cancer misdiagnosis affects people and their families, and we see how devastating those affects can be.

That is why, when you instruct us to handle your claim, we will;

  • Assign an experienced dedicated solicitor to you case: They will handle your case from start to finish.
  • Act with patience and kindness and compassion: We understand the stresses you and your family are under. As such, we will handle your case with the utmost care.
  • Provide you with the support you need: we are always here when you need you. Either by phone, email or face to face. We can also help you get the best medical treatment and support.
  • Aim for the best possible outcome: That means the maximum amount of compensation.

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