Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims

Ovarian Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims

Awareness and treatment of ovarian cancer is advancing every day, but unfortunately some cases are still misdiagnosed or not treated correctly.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer often don’t show until a late stage, which means it’s essential that doctors pick up the signs and refer you for treatment as soon as possible.

Our medical negligence solicitors are here to help you claim compensation if you’ve received negligent care. We can help if:

  • Your cancer was misdiagnosed
  • Correct tests weren't carried out
  • GPs failed to refer you to a specialist
  • Scans were interpreted incorrectly
  • No biopsy was given/biopsy was misread
  • Blood tests weren't taken

The consequences of medical negligence in ovarian cancer diagnosis can be very serious. In extreme cases it can lead to hysterectomies and even death.

We accept many ovarian cancer claims on a No Win No Fee basis* which means you can get on with your case without worrying about legal fees.

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Ovarian Cancer Claims - More Information
    • Who Can Claim For Ovarian Cancer Negligence?
    • We can help you make a claim if your treatment for the following types of ovarian cancer was delayed or your cancer was misdiagnosed:

      • Epithelial ovarian cancer – starts in the surface layers of the ovaries
      • Germ call tumours – when the cells that make eggs are affected first
      • Stromal tumours – develops in connective tissue cells

      Epithelial ovarian cancer is by far the most common but the symptoms of all ovarian cancer types are difficult to diagnose early on. The symptoms of ovarian cancer often don’t show until a late stage, so it’s vital that doctors are aware of all the risks and make sure you receive all the necessary precautionary tests.

      You might be able to claim compensation if your ovarian cancer was misdiagnosed, or was not diagnosed as early as it could have been. We could also help if you weren’t referred for the following tests and scans:

      • Ultrasound scans – for detailed images of the ovaries
      • CT scans – normally to check if cancer has spread
      • MRI scans – often to check the texture and size of cysts
      • Laparoscopy – a small telescope used to check ovaries

      Medical negligence cases are normally subject to time limits and you generally have three years to make a claim from the date of you became aware that negligence took place. Contact us on 0800 121 6567 for a free consultation.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • How Long Will My Claim Take?
    • We try to make every claim run as efficiently and smoothly as possible, securing the best outcome for you as soon we can. However, claims can vary in complexity and therefore take different amounts of time to settle. Complex cases can take longer because we need to know the true consequences of your negligent treatment before your claim can be finalised.

      In most medical negligence cases, evidence needs to be collected from medical experts in order to come to an accurate compensation amount. We try to secure these appointments as soon as possible and make sure your ongoing care needs are looked after by securing early “interim” compensation payments (unfortunately this is only possible if your opponent has accepted responsibility early on).

    • Our Medical Negligence Experts
    • We have a team of medical negligence lawyers with years of experience in securing compensation for those who’ve suffered as a consequence of medical errors. Our solicitors are aware that every claim is different and we make sure that we understand the care and support you need.

      We appreciate that getting access to the best treatment for your cancer is a priority. You can be reassured that we’ll secure the treatment you need as soon as we can, using our connections at leading charities and specialist care providers.

      For some people getting an apology and explanation for what’s happened is just as important as a compensation award. We’ll take the necessary steps to help you to complain and campaign to ensure systems are put in place to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen to somebody else.

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    • How Our Other Teams Can Help
    • Because we’re a full-service law firm, we also have a number of other in-house teams with specialist knowledge in areas such as rehabilitation, wills and asset management.

      We see rehabilitation as key and will make sure that you can access the care and support services you need to lead the best life possible. Our client liaison managers can provide support and information to you and your family, helping you with many of the “non-legal” problems you may face.

      Being diagnosed with an ovarian cancer might mean that you’ve started thinking about making a Will to ensure that your family are protected in the future. We have specialist Wills solicitors who can help with any issues surrounding Wills and who can also assist if you’re claiming on behalf of a loved one who has unfortunately passed away.

      Our Asset Management team can provide advice on how your compensation could be best invested. We also have Court of Protection lawyers who can set up personal injury trusts and make sure you have access to the benefits you’re entitled to.

Irwin Mitchell is a firm of the highest integrity that will work for the client to provide an excellent, compassionate service from beginning to end."

Vivian, client

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Consequences Of Medical Errors/Misdiagnosis?

When ovarian cancer is misdiagnosed or diagnosed late, unfortunately the condition may have spread to other organs, making it harder, or impossible to cure. Misdiagnosis can happen because the symptoms mimic those of less serious conditions or as a result of doctors not carrying out the correct tests.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer can include:

  • Pelvic and abdominal pain
  • Bloating and weight gain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Unexplained menstrual bleeding
  • Diarrhoea/constipation
  • Back pain
  • Frequent urination

Because of these symptoms, doctors can often mistake ovarian cancer as:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Uterine Fibroids or Endometriosis
  • Urinary tract infections

It’s essential that doctors perform all the necessary checks and refer you for tests as soon as possible. Delays in diagnosis can mean that more extensive treatments, such as hysterectomies, are needed and sometimes, the cancer might become terminal.

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Can I Make A Claim For Someone Else?

We can help you make a claim if you’ve sadly lost a loved one to ovarian cancer and they suffered as a result of negligent treatment. By making a claim with our lawyers, we 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

We can also help you claim for a statutory bereavement award. This is an award that’s paid to you if you’re the spouse or child of the person that died.

If you’d like to claim for your loved one, you must get in touch with us within three years of the date of death or from the time you found out that their death was caused by medical negligence. To find more information, call us free today on 0800 121 6567.

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What Can Compensation Pay For?

Compensation can help pay for specialist private treatment to ensure you get the best and soonest care possible. We aim to secure funds for any care as soon as we can, often before your case has even settled.

If the person or organisation responsible for your negligent treatment accepts that they’re to blame, we can get early payments which can pay for specialist private healthcare.

Compensation can also pay for:

  • Any unnecessary pain and suffering
  • Shortened life expectancy – making sure your family are provided for
  • Loss of earnings
  • Act quickly on biopsy results
  • Expenses (e.g. travel costs)
  • Future rehabilitation and support

Our Asset Management team can help you invest your compensation so that you have access to funds throughout your life. We also have a Court of Protection team who can help you set up personal injury trusts and provide advice on issues such as benefits.

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We're always proud to be recognised for the work we do for our clients and have been named as a leading firm in the latest legal guides - which provide information and recommendations about lawyers and law firms in the UK.

"They are forensic and analytical as well as campaigning and careful. All of the lawyers work tirelessly for the smaller cases as well as the bigger cases."
We're delighted to have been named Claimant Solicitor of the Year in the 2016 Post Magazine Rehabilitation First Awards, an award we've won on seven previous occasions.
"One of the best’ and ‘go-to firm’ Irwin Mitchell covers the full range of work, and specialises in complex, unique cases."

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Our support for cancer charities.

We support a number of cancer charities, working alongside them to raise awareness and to ensure that our clients get the support they need. Groups we work with include:

  • Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Cavendish Cancer care
  • Weston Park Hospital
  • Cancer Research UK

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