Bringing a compensation claim for Misdiagnosis of Cancer
June 28, 2024

A misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of cancer can have devastating consequences. If you believe you’ve suffered due to medical negligence in this area, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation. Here’s a breakdown of the process:

Understanding Medical Negligence

Firstly, it’s crucial to understand what constitutes medical negligence in cancer misdiagnosis claims. It boils down to three key elements:

1. Duty of Care: Medical professionals owe a duty of care to their patients. This means they must act with reasonable skill and care according to their speciality.

2. Breach of Duty: There must be evidence that the medical professional breached this duty. This could involve failing to order appropriate tests, misinterpreting results, or neglecting to refer you to a specialist when necessary.

3. Causation and Harm: The breach of duty must have directly caused you harm. This harm could be physical or emotional suffering, a worsened prognosis due to delayed treatment, or additional medical costs incurred.

Gathering Evidence

Building a strong case hinges on solid evidence. Here’s what you’ll need:

• Medical Records: Obtain copies of all your medical records related to the suspected misdiagnosis. These will detail your symptoms, consultations, test results, and diagnoses.

• Independent Medical Expert Report: A key element is an independent medical expert’s opinion. This specialist, chosen by your solicitor, will review your medical records and assess whether the medical professional breached their duty of care. Their report will be crucial for establishing negligence.

• Evidence of Harm: Gather documentation to demonstrate the harm you’ve suffered. This can include medical bills for additional treatment due to the delay, loss of earnings, or emotional distress records from therapy.

Time Limits

It’s important to act promptly. In England, the general time limit for bringing a medical negligence claim is three years from the date you knew (or ought to have known) about the negligence and the harm it caused you. Exceptions exist for children and those deemed mentally incapable.

Contacting a Solicitor

Navigating a medical negligence claim, especially one as complex as a cancer misdiagnosis, requires legal expertise. Remedy Law have particular expertise in cancer misdiagnosis cases.

We will assess your situation, advise on the claim’s viability, and guide you through the process. We will typically work on a “No Win, No Fee” basis, meaning you won’t pay legal fees unless your claim is successful.

The Claim Process

Here’s a simplified overview of the claim process:

1. Initial Consultation: Discuss the details of your case with us. We will assess the evidence and advise you of the potential merits of your claim.

2. Medical Records Request: We will obtain your full medical records from the healthcare provider.

3. Insurance and Independent Medical Expert: If we believe you have a case, we will obtain insurance. We will arrange for an independent medical expert to review your case and provide a report.

4. Letter of Claim: We will draft a Letter of Claim outlining the details of the alleged negligence and the compensation sought. This letter is sent to the healthcare provider responsible.

5. Negotiation: The healthcare provider may admit or deny liability. Negotiations might occur to reach a settlement out of court.

6. Court Proceedings: If no settlement is reached, your solicitor will initiate court proceedings. This involves filing a claim with the court and preparing for a trial where arguments are presented by both parties.


If your claim is successful, you may be awarded compensation for various aspects:

• Pain and suffering: This compensates for the physical and emotional pain you’ve endured due to the misdiagnosis.

• Loss of earnings: If your ability to work has been affected, you can claim for lost income.

• Medical expenses: Compensation can cover the cost of additional treatment or care needed due to the misdiagnosis delay.

• Future care costs: If you require ongoing care due to the misdiagnosis, this may be factored in.

Support Organisations

While legal proceedings are underway, consider seeking support from organisations like:

• Action against Medical Accidents (AVMA): provides free legal advice and support for those affected by medical negligence.

• Cancer Research UK: offers information and support for people living with cancer.

Bringing a claim for misdiagnosis of cancer in England is a complex process. However, with the right legal guidance and strong evidence, you can seek compensation for the harm you’ve suffered.

If you have been affected and would like to discuss your options with our specialist negligence Lawyer, Tracy Hunns- Clarke.

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