If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer that was found late because of the NHS breast cancer screening appointment failure, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
All women aged 50 to 70 are entitled to breast cancer screening every three years.
From 2009 to 2018 a serious computer error meant NHS England’s appointment booking system failed to schedule final screening appointments for around 450,000 women. Some of these women may have experienced late diagnosis of breast cancer leading to more difficult treatments and reduced life expectancy.
If your cancer has been diagnosed late, our medical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation.
How Do I Know If I’ve Been Affected By The NHS Breast Screening Failure?
You should have received a letter from the NHS telling you if didn’t get your screening appointment.
However, if you were born between 1938 and 1950 there’s a strong chance you weren’t given an appointment and, if you haven’t received a letter then you should contact the NHS to find out if your appointment has still been missed. You should have received your final breast screening appointment between 2009 and 2018.
If you didn’t get the screening appointment that you were entitled to and have since been diagnosed with breast cancer then you may be able to claim compensation.
How Could My Health Be Affected By The Failure?
The screening error means your cancer may have been diagnosed later than it should have been. This could have caused a delay in your treatment, meaning you may have had to undergo more difficult or complicated treatment, such as a mastectomy or chemotherapy.
The consequences of delayed treatment can affect your quality of life, capacity to work, increase your future risk of cancer and, potentially, shorten your life span.
How Do I Claim Compensation For An NHS Breast Cancer Screening Error?
You could claim compensation if you can show that your breast cancer diagnosis was delayed because of the missed appointment, requiring you to have more extensive treatment and the possibility of long lasting or permanent effects upon your health.
While the Government is expected to offer you some compensation if you’ve been affected, we can help ensure you get the compensation you really deserve. As well as compensating you for the pain and suffering you’ve experienced, we’ll seek payment for the costs of any additional treatments you may need and the impact the late diagnosis has had on your quality of life.
How Would A Group Claim Work?
If enough women decide to claim, we may make your case as part of a group claim with other women who’ve also suffered as a result of the NHS failure. Group claims save time and legal costs and could give your claim a better chance of success against a large organisation like the NHS.
There’s often an agreed scheme in place to deal with group claims, especially when a claim involves the NHS. This means it’s important to have help from specialist solicitors at an early stage, so we can advise you about how to proceed, work with any other solicitors involved, and ensure you’re getting compensated fairly.
Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim For A Breast Screening Failure Claim?
Yes. We can represent you in a medical misdiagnosis claim on a no win no fee basis, whether you bring an individual claim or one that is part of a group. This means you don’t pay anything if your claim is un successful* and, in this case, your opponent will pay most of your legal costs.
If no win no fee isn’t an option, then we could help you to bring your claim using legal expenses insurance, which is often included in home insurance plans. We can talk about the best way to pay for your claim on
0800 121 6567 or you can contact us online and we’ll get back to you. How Long Would Claiming For A Breast Screening Failure Take?
It depends on how long it takes us to gather evidence and reach a settlement with the NHS, but claims like this often take a couple of years. We’ll keep you updated at every stage of your claim and always work to get compensation for you as quickly as possible.
What Could Compensation Pay For?
Your compensation can help pay for:
The cost of private treatment if you need it, such as surgery or rehabilitation
Home care and assistance costs if you’re no longer able to take care of yourself without help
Loss of earnings if you’ve had to leave work temporarily or permanently.
We could help you access many of these services through our partnerships with leading charities and private medical providers who specialise in supporting people dealing with cancer.
We’ll also seek compensation for any pain and suffering you’ve endured because of your delayed cancer diagnosis.
Why Choose Us
Our medical negligence solicitors have a strong track record of helping people make delayed diagnosis claims against NHS and private doctors. We know how to value your claim, making sure you’re fairly compensated for what you’ve been through and that you’ll have the resources available so you can make the best recovery possible.
As one of the largest personal injury law firms in the country, we have the expertise and resources to manage large group claims and our solicitors have successfully secured compensation in high profile claims against the NHS.
Beyond compensation, we can help you access quality private medical treatment and support from award winning charities. Above all, we’ll put you and your family first throughout your claim.
Speak to our experts Sallie Booth, Natalie Truman or Grace Kelway about your breast cancer screening claim on
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