Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims

Prostate Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims

If you’ve been misdiagnosed with prostate cancer, or experienced a delay in diagnosis, we understand just how devastating it can be for both you and your loved ones. Our medical negligence solicitors could help you to claim compensation if you’ve suffered unnecessarily.

We understand the psychological effects that prostate cancer misdiagnosis can have – especially if you were told that your symptoms were less serious in the first stages of treatment before being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

We’ve helped many clients claim compensation on a No Win, No Fee* basis, after suffering from cases of prostate cancer misdiagnosis by GPs and other medical professionals. Some of the most common misdiagnoses of prostate cancer include:

  • Urinary tract infections
  • Enlargement of the prostate
  • Prostatitis

We’re renowned for approaching prostate cancer claims with understanding and sensitivity, so we can help you take positive steps since your misdiagnosis and make a real difference for you and your family.

We believe in the importance of helping you access high quality treatment and rehabilitation, both during and after your claim.

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    • 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 illness. 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.

    • What Can Compensation Pay For?
    • Claiming compensation for prostate cancer misdiagnosis can help provide the treatment and support you need to relieve the symptoms of your condition. The amount that you’ll receive will depend on a number of factors including the severity of your injuries, your future care needs and whether you’ll be able to return to your job.

      We’ll collect the evidence we need to help us come to an amount of compensation we believe reflects your:

      • Pain and suffering
      • Care and assistance
      • Loss of earnings
      • Healthcare costs
      • Rehabilitation and therapy needs
      • Expenses such as travel to and from medical appointments

      If you’ve recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer and the condition is still in the early stages of development, then you may be aware of some treatments available to you. These treatments include:

      • Radiotherapy
      • Hormone therapy
      • Surgery (usually to remove the prostate)

      Our medical negligence solicitors could help you claim compensation to help pay for private treatments so you can deal with your symptoms in the early stages.

    • Can I Claim On Behalf Of A Loved One Who Has Died?
    • If your loved one has passed away due to prostate cancer, you could claim compensation for your family’s future if you believe that their cancer could have been treated earlier.

      In circumstances where negligence has occurred, 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 could help you access a statutory bereavement award, which is separate to a claim for compensation, in the event of a wrongful death. This is available if you’re the spouse, civil partner or parent of the person who died.

      We would encourage you to contact us for a free initial discussion about your situation if you need to claim after losing a loved one, so we can talk through your options in more detail.

      We’ll then gather the evidence needed to prove that your loved one’s death was the result of prostate cancer misdiagnosis and try to get a settlement to provide the support needed for you and your family.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • In most prostate cancer cases, you have three years to make a compensation claim, starting from the date the negligence happened (or the date you first became aware that you’d suffered because of negligence).

      If you’re bringing a claim following the death of a loved one due to a delay or misdiagnosis of prostate cancer, you have three years from the date of death or three years after you first became aware that you or your loved one suffered a delay or misdiagnosis of prostate cancer.

      However, there are exceptions to this if you are claiming on behalf of someone without the mental capacity to claim on their own. Please visit our medical negligence compensation time limits page for more information, or contact us online.

    • 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 Medical Negligence Team
    • If your doctor has made mistakes in dealing with your or a loved one’s prostate cancer, our team of medical negligence solicitors will help you seek the justice and compensation you deserve. Prostate cancer misdiagnosis can be devastating, but we have the experience and understanding to guide you through this difficult time.

      Our team is widely recognised as one of the leading medical negligence departments in the country. With us, you'll know your prostate cancer claim will be in safe hands, as our specialists have helped many people in similar circumstances.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Symptoms Of Prostate Cancer?

The symptoms of prostate cancer can take years to appear, as the cancer is known for developing slowly. However, the initial symptoms of prostate cancer are usually signalled by increased pressure on the urethra, which affects the way you urinate.

The more advanced stages of prostate cancer can lead to symptoms such as weight loss, severe pain and kidney dysfunction.

A typical misdiagnosis of prostate cancer can often happen due to your doctor believing that you’re suffering from an enlarged prostate and nothing more, which allows the cancer to develop, untreated.

There are many different types of prostate cancer, but the most common is Acinar Adenocarcinoma.

This represents over 90% of cases of prostate cancer in the UK and usually starts in the gland cells found in the prostate. Typical symptoms include of this type of prostate cancer include:

  • Having to rush to the toilet to urinate
  • Needing to urinate more often than usual, especially during the night
  • Finding it difficult to pass urine
  • A sense of not being able to completely empty the bladder

You may also experience pain when passing urine and also blood in the urine or semen, but these symptoms are rare.

Other types of prostate cancer:

  • Ductal adenocarcinoma
  • Transitional cell (or urothelial) cancer
  • Squamous cell cancer
  • Carcinoid
  • Small cell cancer
  • Sarcomas and sarcomatoid cancers

If you’re worried that negligent treatment has led to the misdiagnosis of prostate cancer, call us today on 0800 121 6567 and we’ll set up a free initial consultation to discuss how we could help.

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What Are The Common Misdiagnoses Of Prostate Cancer?

Some of the first warning signs of prostate cancer can be spotted by your GP if you’ve had difficulty urinating, or found that you’ve been urinating more frequently. If this has been overlooked by your doctor, then you could be…

… able to claim compensation for prostate cancer misdiagnosis.

Some of the more common misdiagnoses we have seen include:

  • Urinary tract infections
  • Enlargement of the prostate
  • Prostatitis

Prostate cancer is known for developing slowly and mainly affects older men, although some types can develop quickly and affect younger men. If the symptoms of prostate cancer are spotted quickly, it can be prevented from spreading and treated. However, we have seen too many cases where medical professionals have failed to spot the warning signs of prostate cancer, either through negligence, poor examination or misdiagnosis.

Call our team today free on 0800 121 6567 and we can talk through your options for claiming compensation in a free initial consultation.

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What Are The Consequences Of Negligence?

When a doctor or other medical professional misses the early signs of prostate cancer, it can lead to consequences which could have been prevented. GPs have a responsibility to spot the initial symptoms of prostate cancer and should…

…refer you for further tests or screenings to determine the cause.

We recognise that being misdiagnosed or suffering from a delay in the diagnosis of prostate cancer can leave you with serious, life-changing consequences. The types of medical negligence you may have suffered that relate to the diagnosis of prostate cancer include:

  • Poor examination – either by your GP or another medical professional
  • Diagnosing the wrong condition – such as a urinary tract infection
  • Medical staff failing to follow the correct procedures
  • Failure to refer you for a blood test

Experiencing negligence such as this could lead to the cancer developing further and even spreading, which could mean you need:

  • More frequent visits to your GP or hospital for treatment
  • More aggressive treatments such as radiotherapy, chemotherapy or hormone therapy
  • Surgery to remove the prostate gland or testes

If you believe you’ve experienced negligence due to prostate cancer misdiagnosis, call us for a free initial consultation on 0800 121 6567.

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