If you, or a family member, have experienced delayed diagnosis, or misdiagnosis, for bowel cancer you could be entitled to compensation.
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Bowel cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK; depending on where the cancer begins it can also be called colon or rectal cancer. Bowel cancer can be difficult to diagnose, as symptoms can be similar to other bowel issues, which are not as serious. However, if your symptoms persist, doctors and other medical professionals have a responsibility to act quickly as a late diagnosis or misdiagnosis can have devastating consequences, which can lead to the cancer being incurable or having to undergo more advanced treatment.
To bring a successful compensation claim for delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis, there needs to be a breach of the duty of care from a medical professional (whether private or NHS) that has caused harm or loss. This can include:
It may not be possible to claim compensation if a misdiagnosis or late diagnosis made little difference to the outcome. For example, a delay of a few months is unlikely to make much of a difference; however, if the delay or misdiagnosis has led to the cancer spreading, you may have a valid claim for compensation.
By its nature bowel cancer can be difficult to diagnose, but if you or any member of your family have suffered from medical negligence in regards to a bowel cancer misdiagnosis, you may be entitled to compensation. At Forbes Solicitors, we have approachable expert solicitors that can help you with your bowel cancer misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis claim. We can also represent families where the sufferer has already passed away.