Cancer claims

Breast cancer claims

Mistakes made when treating or diagnosing breast cancer can be devastating. If you’ve suffered as a result of medical negligence, Slater and Gordon’s specialist legal experts can help get the compensation you deserve.

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Slater and Gordon’s medical negligence experts are ready to help you with your cancer claim. Contact us online today or call us on freephone 0161 830 9632 to speak to one of our friendly advisers.

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When does breast cancer become a medical negligence claim?

If breast cancer is diagnosed and treated in time, the chances of recovery are good. However, if there are substantial delays the cancer is likely to spread and can become life threatening.

If medical professionals fail to treat you correctly, it can cause significant delays and the cancer can grow or spread. If this is the case, you may be entitled to claim compensation due to medical negligence.

How is breast cancer diagnosed and treated?

Breast cancer is normally diagnosed by a combination of three types of investigation: clinical examination, ultrasound scan or mammogram and biopsy (analysis of cells under a microscope by a pathologist). This is known as the ‘Triple Test’. Breast cancer should only be diagnosed where the results of all three investigations suggest that a growth is cancer.

The main treatment options for breast cancer are surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormonal therapy. There are also other targeted drugs available.

What are the most common causes of delays?

In the majority, medical professionals provide patients with a high standard of care. However, there are occasions when mistakes do happen which cause delays which can be life-threatening. The most common causes of delays are:

  • Failure to recognise the symptoms of breast cancer
  • Failure to carry out adequate examinations or tests
  • Failure to advise a patient to return if their symptoms persist or worsen
  • Mistakes by medical professionals who interpret test results

If you believe negligent delays caused your cancer to get worse, please contact one of our experts for advice on making a No Win No Fee compensation claim.

What can result from delays in diagnosis?

Delays in diagnosis can be life-threatening which is why it’s so important for medical professionals to ensure that mistakes are not made. An incorrect or late diagnosis of breast cancer can also lead to:

  • More breast tissue being removed than necessary
  • Cosmetic deformity to the breast
  • Lymph nodes being unnecessarily removed from the armpit (axilla)
  • Lymphoedema, a disabling condition where the arm swells and becomes painful

How do I make a medical negligence claim for breast cancer?

Our medical negligence team are one of the best in the country and are highly ranked in independent legal guides, Chambers and Partners and Legal 500. The team are highly experienced in dealing with negligent cancer claims can provide you with the best possible service, not only ensuring that you get the best outcome to your case, but can ensure you get the treatment and additional support you need to assist with your recovery. Visit our Medical Negligence FAQs or our Medical Negligence Claims Guide for further information on how to make a claim.

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