Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims

Pancreatic Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims

Finding out that you have pancreatic cancer can be life-changing for both you and your family, especially if you discover that you could have been diagnosed earlier or have experienced incorrect treatment.

It can be hard to diagnose pancreatic cancer because symptoms often don’t always show early on. However, if doctors don’t provide the treatment you need, it can have devastating consequences. Our medical negligence solicitors can help if:

  • Pancreatic cancer was misdiagnosed
  • Symptoms of your condition were missed
  • Tests were interpreted incorrectly
  • Incorrect surgery was performed
  • Procedures weren’t followed

Negligent treatment of pancreatic cancer can have serious consequences, often meaning that intensive treatments such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy are needed. Unfortunately, because of the aggressive nature of the condition, delayed diagnosis or malpractice can sometimes also lead to fatalities.

Our lawyers have worked on hundreds of cancer misdiagnosis claims, often on a No Win No Fee* basis. We have the experience to get you the compensation you deserve, and the contacts to help you access specialist rehabilitation and support services.

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Pancreatic Cancer Claims - More Information
    • Who Can Make A Claim?
    • All medical professionals have a duty of care to make sure that your condition is diagnosed as soon as possible and that the correct treatment is provided. If this doesn’t happen, your cancer could go undetected and spread to other parts of the body, making it harder to treat.

      You might be able to make a compensation claim if the medical professional taking care of you didn’t:

      • Link your symptoms to pancreatic cancer
      • Diagnose you with the correct condition
      • Provide an adequate initial investigation
      • Refer you for the relevant CT and MRI scans
      • Carry out your biopsy correctly
      • Perform an ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography)

      We can also help you claim if a loved one has died because of negligent pancreatic cancer treatment. 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

      Our lawyers might also be able to help you access a statutory bereavement award, a flat rate of £12,980 provided in the event of a wrongful death. This amount will be the same in every case and is available if you’re the spouse, civil partner or parent (if under 18) of the person who died.

      Everyone has the right to a good quality of care but unfortunately, errors can happen. By contacting us today, we can act quickly to get you specialist care and support which can make a huge difference.

    • How Much Compensation Can I Claim?
    • It’s impossible to estimate exactly how much compensation you should receive as every case we handle is different. The amount you’re entitled to claim will depend on factors such as the severity of your condition and whether you’ll be able to go back to work.

      Pancreatic cancer can progress very quickly, so we will try to secure you funds to pay for private medical care by specialists in pancreatic cancer treatment as soon as possible. By getting access to this treatment, you might be able to get appointments a little bit sooner.

      We can also help you obtain interim compensation payments if the person or organisation responsible for your misdiagnosis accepts early on that they’re to blame.

      We can help you claim compensation for:

      • Your pain and suffering
      • Any future health implications
      • Private healthcare costs
      • Reduced life expectancy
      • Psychological support
      • Travel expenses
      • Loss of earnings

      To find out more about making a compensation claim, contact our experts today free on 0800 121 6567.

    • 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 you becoming aware that you received negligent treatment. However, we urge you to get in touch as soon as possible so we can help you access private medical treatment at the earliest possible stage of your cancer.

      We can also help you claim on behalf of your loved one who unfortunately passed away following negligent pancreatic 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 you found out that negligence caused the death.

    • Our Experts
    • At this difficult time it’s important that you have an experienced team of medical negligence solicitors by your side. If you’re worried about your future or are concerned for your family, our lawyers can offer advice and help you access specialist care and support.

      Our experienced medical negligence solicitors are aware that getting an explanation and apology is just as important as securing compensation. We can help you make complaints about a GP or hospital, as well as raise awareness of the steps that need to be taken to make sure such errors don’t happen again.

      You can be reassured that you’re being represented by some of the best lawyers in the country. Our medical negligence team is highly rated by legal guides The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners for our high quality of work.

I valued the honesty of the solicitor that I dealt with. The approachability and the humanness. They were caring.”

Stephanie, client

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Symptoms Of Pancreatic Cancer?

The symptoms of pancreatic cancer often don’t show until a late stage so it’s crucial that medical professionals are aware of the warning signs and refer you for the relevant tests immediately. We can help if the person treating you didn’t associate the following symptoms with pancreatic cancer:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Jaundice
  • Weight loss
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Indigestion
  • Fever
  • Diabetes
  • Back pain

Sometimes your symptoms might be picked up but diagnosed as a milder condition because the correct procedures weren’t followed. If this is the case we can help you to claim compensation.

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What Are The Common Misdiagnoses Of Pancreatic Cancer?

Pancreatic cancer, which is often known as exocrine tumours, happens when cells in the pancreas start mutating. Because this organ helps to break down sugars including insulin, pancreatic cancer can be very dangerous.

A quick diagnosis of pancreatic cancer is key and can mean that intense treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy can be avoided.

However, some medical professionals don’t go through the proper procedures needed to detect this condition when they’re presented with the symptoms, often misdiagnosing pancreatic cancer as:

  • Pancreatitis (and complications including pancreatic pseudocysts)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Coeliac disease
  • Biliary stricture (narrowing of the bile duct)
  • Cystic neoplasm (group of tumours in the pancreas)
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma (a common type of liver cancer)

If your condition was misdiagnosed and you received incorrect treatment, we’re here to help. Contact us free today on 0800 121 6567 to set up a free initial consultation.

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What Constitutes Negligent Treatment?

Unfortunately, because pancreatic cancer is often misdiagnosed or goes undiagnosed, chances of survival can be reduced. Doctors often mistake pancreatic cancer for a number of different diseases…

…which can mean you receive the wrong treatment, sometimes making your condition worse or harder to treat. Negligent treatment can include failures to:

  • Conduct the necessary scans
  • Carry out biopsies at the correct time
  • Diagnose common symptoms
  • Refer you to specialist doctors
  • Provide the correct surgery
  • Carry out laparoscopies
  • Conduct an endoluminal ultrasonography (EUS)
  • Carry out an ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography) at an early enough stage

It’s essential that the correct procedures are carried out when pancreatic cancer is involved so the condition doesn’t have time to spread. If negligent treatment delayed the diagnosis of your pancreatic cancer, contact us today on 0800 121 6567 to find out more about making a claim.

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