Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims

Bowel Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims

By its very nature, bowel cancer can be difficult to detect as symptoms don’t tend to appear until the cancer is in its later stages of development.

However, medical professionals have a responsibility to act quickly once these symptoms have appeared.

Bowel cancer is often misdiagnosed as a less serious illness or recognised at a point where treatment won’t provide a cure. Depending on where the cancer starts, bowel cancer can be referred to as colon or rectal cancer.

If you or a loved one has experienced negligent treatment, our medical negligence lawyers could help you make a claim for compensation.

You may be able to claim compensation if the medical professional who treated you didn’t:

  • Recognise the symptoms of bowel cancer
  • Diagnose your illness correctly
  • Refer you for specialist treatment
  • Conduct the correct tests to discover/monitor your bowel cancer

In addition to helping you claim compensation, we’ll also help you access specialist care and support services.

Our solicitors will also see if your claim can be funded by a No Win No Fee agreement*, so you don’t have to pay a thing if your case is unsuccessful.


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Bowel Cancer Claims - More Information
    • What Can Compensation Pay For?
    • Our medical negligence solicitors are here to help you claim compensation that can pay for:

      • Specialist private medical treatment
      • Rehabilitation
      • Loss of earnings
      • Expenses (e.g. travel costs)

      We see your health as a priority so we’ll act efficiently to get you the funds needed to access private healthcare which might allow you to get appointments a little faster than normal. We will try and get you interim payments to pay for care before your claim has fully settled. However, these are only available if the person or organisation responsible for your negligence accepts responsibility for their actions.

      We can only calculate how much compensation you’re entitled to once we understand the full impact of your injuries. The full effects of bowel cancer misdiagnosis may only become clear when we know how successful any subsequent treatments have been.

    • Can I Claim On Behalf Of A Loved One?
    • If a loved one has died because of a delay in the diagnosis of bowel cancer, our lawyers can help you with:

      • Recovering compensation for their pain and suffering, to account for financial losses caused by their death and to cover funeral expenses
      • Representing you at inquest
      • Getting you the answers and apology you deserve from those responsible

      You might be able to claim if you’re the spouse or child of the person who has unfortunately died. We can also help you make a claim if you’re the parent of a child under 18 or if you were financially dependent on the individual who lost their life.

      There’s normally a three year time limit after the date of the death to make a claim. If your loved one had a post-mortem which discovered negligence, then you’ll have three years from the date where you learnt of the findings. Find out more about time limits

      Our lawyers could also help you access a statutory bereavement award, a flat rate of £12,980 which is payable when a wrongful death has occurred. This is available if you’re the spouse, civil partner or parent (if under 18) of the person who died.

    • What Will Happen When I Make A Claim?
    • After you’ve contacted us, we’ll set up a free initial consultation to discuss your case and whether you have a legal claim. We’ll discuss what funding options are available to you to pay for your claim, including No Win No Fee agreements*.

      We’ll then get in touch with those responsible for your negligent treatment at an early stage to see if they accept the blame for your delayed diagnosis. If they accept responsibility, we’ll try to secure interim compensation payments which can fund private medical care and ongoing expenses, before your claim fully settles. Any interim payments will be taken out of your final compensation award.

      Our experts will look into your case in detail, gathering evidence from independent medical professionals. These experts evaluate what care you should have received and can determine any future implications to your health. They’ll also advise us on the care you’ll need in the future.

      We’ll always try and negotiate claims out of court, keeping the claim process as short as we can. However, if your opponent doesn’t accept responsibility or doesn’t agree with the amount of compensation we feel you need, we’ll start court proceedings.

      Even when trial dates have been set, claims are still often settled before reaching court. If your claim does need to go to court, we’ll be there to help you every step of the way, talking you through what will happen so you feel as comfortable as possible.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • You normally have to make a claim within three years of becoming aware that you received negligent treatment. However, we urge you to get in touch as soon as possible so we can start the claim process and hopefully get you compensation for your treatment.

      We might also help you claim on behalf of your loved one who unfortunately passed away following negligent bowel cancer treatment. To make a claim in these circumstances, you have three years from the time of their death or three years from the point where it was found the negligence contributed to the death.

    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case we’ll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we’ll explain the process clearly. This involves setting up an insurance policy that will protect you, at no cost to you. You’ll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees. 

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • Our Experts
    • Our medical negligence solicitors will take time to get to know you. We have lawyers up and down the country with years of experience in dealing with bowel cancer misdiagnosis claims, which means you can trust that we’ll get the best outcome for you.

      We know that you’ll not only be seeking compensation, but will also want answers as to why you received negligent treatment for your bowel cancer. We’ll try and get the apologies you deserve and that measures are put in place to stop similar mistakes being made again.

Thank you for all your hard work and support; you've made this process extremely straightforward. I'm really happy with the level of service provided by Irwin Mitchell."

Tom, client
testicular cancer

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Symptoms Of Bowel Cancer?

Bowel cancer starts when clumps of cells, often known as polyps, develop in the inner lining of the bowel. There are a number of warning signs that you may have bowel cancer including:

  • Looser stools
  • Bowel changes which also cause abdominal pain
  • Blood in stools but no soreness or discomfort
  • Bloating after eating
  • Unexplained weight loss

Certain people have a higher risk of developing this sort of tumour, including:

  • Over 60s
  • Those with a family history of bowel cancer
  • Individuals with a diet high in red and processed meats
  • Smokers
  • People who drink alcohol frequently
  • Those classified as obese

If bowel cancer is diagnosed early on, there’s a much better chance of recovery. However, medical professionals often fail to recognise the warning signs of this condition.

When presented with the symptoms of bowel cancer, your doctor should refer you for the relevant tests so your condition can be diagnosed as soon as possible. If this isn’t done, the cancer might have the chance to develop.

If you visited a medical professional with your bowel cancer symptoms and no action was taken, or your signs were misdiagnosed, we could help you make a compensation claim. To find out more about how we can help, contact us today on 0800 121 6567.

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What Are The Common Misdiagnoses Of Bowel Cancer?

Unfortunately, bowel cancer sometimes goes undetected giving the disease chance to spread to other organs. This can happen when bowel cancer is misdiagnosed as conditions which have similar symptoms. When this happens, you could receive the wrong treatment which might have serious health effects.

We have previously represented people whose bowel cancer was misdiagnosed as:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Appendicitis

Medical professionals should be aware of the symptoms of bowel cancer and should always refer you for further tests to find out if you have the condition. Early diagnosis is key to successfully treating bowel cancer and the person treating you should follow procedures to ensure that this happens.

Our lawyers are here to help if your bowel cancer was misdiagnosed, so please call us on 0800 121 6567 for a free initial consultation.

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What Constitutes Negligent Treatment?

Medical staff have a duty of care to make sure that you receive the correct treatment. Sadly, they can sometimes make mistakes which can be life-changing. A delayed diagnosis or a misread CT scan can be the difference between you getting the all clear later on or having your life cut short due to the illness.

We could help you make a claim if the person treating you failed to:

  • Refer you for tests
  • Refer you to a specialist
  • Follow-up an abnormal test result
  • Diagnose your symptoms correctly
  • Provide the correct treatment after diagnosis
  • Conduct CT scans, MRI scans, ultrasounds scans or X-rays to discover/monitor your cancer
  • Perform a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy when necessary
  • Carry out a digital rectal examination (DRE) soon enough

If you believe your doctor has made mistakes when dealing with your or your loved one’s bowel cancer, our team of medical negligence solicitors could help you seek the justice and compensation you deserve. Find out how we can help by contacting us on 0800 121 6567.

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