Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims

Testicular Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims

According to Cancer Research UK, testicular cancer is the most common form of the disease among men aged 25-49. Despite this, it has a high survival rate and is relatively easy to treat when diagnosed properly. However, when doctors fail to diagnose its symptoms, the cancer can spread and become increasingly difficult to treat. These symptoms include:

  • Pain or aching in the testicles
  • Swelling or a lump in the testicles
  • Heaviness in the scrotal area

Our specialist medical negligence solicitors help men claim compensation after being affected by negligent treatment for testicular cancer, with life-changing consequences. The mistakes we see from doctors frequently involve a failure to:

  • Examine the patient
  • Diagnose the patient
  • Refer the patient to a specialist for further tests/investigations
  • Perform an accurate biopsy after an orchidectomy

We also represent men who were wrongly diagnosed with testicular cancer, helping them seek compensation for the trauma caused by a misdiagnosis and unnecessary surgery.

We’ll call on the knowledge of independent medical experts to give their opinion on what happened to you and why, investigating your claim thoroughly and putting a robust case together. We believe in the importance of helping you access high quality treatment and rehabilitation, both during and after your claim.

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Testicular Cancer Claims - More Information
    • 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.

    • Can I Make A Claim On A No Win No Fee Basis?
    • 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.

    • 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 you’re given the right treatment. If this doesn’t happen, your cancer could go undetected and spread to other parts of the body, making it harder to treat and sometimes requiring the removal of both testicles.

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

      • Link your symptoms to testicular 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

      If a loved one has died because of the delayed diagnosis of testicular 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

      Our lawyers could help you access a statutory bereavement award, which is separate to a claim for compensation and recognises your grief in the event of a wrongful death. This is available if you’re the spouse, civil partner or parent (if they’re under 18) of the person who died.

      Everyone has the right to a high standard of care but avoidable medical errors do happen. By contacting us today we can act quickly to secure you specialist care and support which can make a huge difference.

    • What Are The Time Limits For Making A Claim?
    • In most testicular 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). For children, this three year period begins on their 18th birthday, so they have until they’re 21 to make a claim.

      However, it’s important to contact us as soon as possible so that we can begin to investigate your claim. If you have questions or concerns about the time limits, please call us for free initial advice on 0800 121 6567.

    • 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.

      Rehabilitation

      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.

      Wills

      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.

      Asset Management

      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.

    • Meet The Team
    • As the largest medical negligence department in the country, our solicitors are highly rated by independent legal guides.

      We have 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 have offices in major cities across the UK, so we can help you wherever you’re based.

      We appreciate that getting access to the best treatment for your cancer is a priority. We’ll aim to 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 make a complaint and will campaign to ensure systems are put in place to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen to somebody else.

If I did not understand anything, I would just ask him to explain things and he would explain it all to me.”

Peter, client
testicular cancer

Frequently Asked Questions

How Is Testicular Cancer Diagnosed?

When caught early, testicular cancer has a high survival rate, with little risk of it spreading to the rest of the body. However, this depends on medical professionals making a timely diagnosis after you’ve visited them with some of the symptoms associated with testicular cancer, such as:

  • A swelling or lump in the testicles
  • A dull ache in the testicles
  • Heaviness in the scrotum

The methods used by doctors to diagnose testicular cancer include:

  • Physical examination
  • Blood tests
  • Ultrasound
  • Orchidectomy (removing one or more testicles) and performing a biopsy

Delayed diagnosis can lead to testicular cancer becoming more serious and potentially life-threatening, so it’s vital that the symptoms are taken seriously. If you’re worried that you received negligent treatment from a GP or consultant, our solicitors could help you work out exactly went wrong in your case, seeking an explanation from those responsible.

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What Constitutes Negligence?

Negligence can take place at any point during your treatment for testicular cancer, from diagnosis through to surgery and aftercare.

Some of the most common examples of negligence involve a medical professional failing to:

  • Examine the patient properly
  • Refer the patient to a specialist
  • Perform an accurate biopsy (or at all)

We can support you if you received an unnecessary orchidectomy, perhaps after an inaccurate ultrasound or bad advice from a doctor. You could also claim compensation if there was any damage caused during the course of the orchidectomy.

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What Are The Consequences Of Misdiagnosis Or Negligent Treatment?

Negligence can have wide-ranging effects, both physical and psychological. We’ll take care to work out the full implications of these consequences, so that your compensation puts you and your family in the best possible position to make a recovery.

We could help if, after your testicular cancer was misdiagnosed:

  • The cancer spread to other parts of your body
  • You were forced to take extra time off work
  • Your expected lifespan was reduced
  • You had surgery that could have been avoided

If you had both testicles removed (a bilateral orchidectomy) after failing to get a timely diagnosis, you’ll have to receive lifelong testosterone replacement therapy – compensation will take this into account.

A bilateral orchidectomy causes infertility, so it’s important that your sperm is collected and stored properly before the procedure. Any mistakes in the sperm’s storage take away your right to have children, which you could be compensated for.

Our specialist medical negligence may be able to help you make a claim – call us today for a free initial consultation or contact us online.

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We know how important their work to raise awareness of the disease is and we’re proud of our support for cancer charities, both local and national.

Our close relationships with these charities mean that we’ll often work with them when planning your care package, using their specialist knowledge to find out what’s best for you.

Some of the charities we support include Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK.

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