It is well known that the late diagnosis of cancer dramatically decreases a patient’s chance of making a full recovery. Failure to pick up on the telltale signs of cancer can be fatal for many patients. This is one of the most traumatic experiences for a patient and their family to go through, learning that the disease could have been stopped, had it been spotted earlier. In most cases, there is no one to blame for the late diagnosis of cancer. As a nation, we need to become more informed of the signs of cancer, but with over 200 known forms of the disease it is very difficult to be aware of the different causes, symptoms and treatments. With over 1 in 3 people in the UK likely to suffer from cancer during their lifetime, it would be so beneficial to begin cancer awareness education from a young age, to best prevent late diagnosis.
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There are however, the difficult times when medical negligence has caused a late diagnosis of cancer. For example, if medical tests such as scans and biopsies are incorrectly analysed, if a patient is not thoroughly examined or if a GP fails to refer a patient to a specialist, these could all be put down to medical negligence and are grounds for compensation for late cancer diagnosis. There can be a range of outcomes from a late diagnosis of cancer, including extensive additional treatments, surgeries, psychological damages, unnecessary pain and suffering and in many cases death. In cases of medical negligence it can be extremely distressing for the patient and their family to deal with the psychological upheaval that knowing that proper care could have led to a more positive outcome. At such emotionally traumatic times professional, level-headed advice is required.
If you think that you or a loved one has suffered due to medical negligence and are seeking legal advice, try BBK solicitors. BBK offer a bespoke service for their clients, with a philosophy of treating you as an individual, which is just what you will need at such a difficult time. With a specialist division for medical negligence, and a “No Win No Fee” policy, BBK will be able to advise you on the strength of your case and provide sensitive but thorough legal advise on how best to go forward with your case.