Breast cancer negligence is the medical negligence of making an error with the diagnosis of breast cancer. If you or a loved one suffers breast cancer negligence, you may have a breast cancer negligence compensation claim. 

You trust your GP, hospital doctor and oncologist to diagnose and treat your breast cancer. The medical professional owes you a duty of care when you are a patient, and a breach of that duty of care could be medical negligence. 

Cancer negligence can have severe consequences, and a missed diagnosis, misdiagnosis or late diagnosis of breast cancer will cost valuable time in your treatment. You may have a compensation claim for breast cancer negligence if you suffer due to the medical negligence of a misdiagnosis, missed diagnosis or poor treatment of breast cancer. 

You may have a compensation claim for the effects of the breast cancer negligence on your health today and in the future. When any medical professional breaches their duty of care and causes you unnecessary suffering, you may have a medical negligence claim for compensation. 

The Medical Negligence Team solicitors can take your No Win No Fee claim and seek compensation in a breast cancer negligence claim.

Breast Cancer Negligence

What is breast cancer negligence?

Breast cancer negligence is when you suffer negligence at the hands of an oncologist or other medical professional when you have breast cancer. The GP, hospital doctor or oncologist must treat you with professional care and refer you for further testing, make a correct diagnosis and put you on the correct cancer care path. 

You trust in your oncologist, GP, and hospital doctor to give you a professional level of care. Any misdiagnosis, missed diagnosis or errors in your breast cancer treatment could be medical negligence. If you suffer a less-than-acceptable level of care from the cancer doctor, you may have a breast cancer negligence compensation claim. 

Medical negligence is when a medical professional provides you with treatment no other medical professional would provide in similar circumstances. If you suffer breast cancer negligence, you may have a medical negligence compensation claim. 

Your No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor can make a breast cancer negligence compensation claim for you and be with you along every step of the way.

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Common breast cancer negligence claims

Common breast cancer negligence claims range from a misdiagnosis to a missed diagnosis to errors in the correct treatment of the cancer. You are the one who suffers the breast cancer negligence, and you may have a claim for medical negligence. 

Breast cancer negligence can have serious effects on your health. You may be able to claim for the effects of the cancer negligence today and in the future. 

Some common claims for breast cancer misdiagnosis:

  • A breast cancer missed diagnosis claim
  • An incorrect treatment for breast cancer claim
  • Delayed breast cancer diagnosis claim
  • Incorrect breast cancer diagnosis claim
  • Poor medical care in breast cancer treatment claim
Common breast cancer negligence claims

A breast cancer misdiagnosis claim

A breast cancer misdiagnosis claim is when your doctor does not diagnose your condition as breast cancer but diagnoses a different illness or type of cancer. The medical professional has not given you a duty of care, and you have suffered medical negligence. 

A breast cancer misdiagnosis can happen when:

  • The doctor does not order further tests
  • The doctor makes an error in reading test results
  • The oncologist misdiagnoses your breast cancer as another type of cancer
  • The GP does not follow up on test results and makes another diagnosis
  • The GP does not refer you to an oncologist and makes a cancer misdiagnosis

 You may have a breast cancer negligence claim if you suffer a breast cancer misdiagnosis.

A breast cancer missed diagnosis claim

A breast cancer missed diagnosis claim happens when your GP, hospital doctor or oncologist does not diagnose you as having breast cancer and gives you the all-clear. 

You may suffer a missed diagnosis of cancer when:

  • The oncologist does not read your scan results properly
  • The oncologist does not send you for further tests
  • The oncologist does not make a diagnosis from your biopsy
  • Your GP does not follow up on your breast cancer test results
  • There is a failure of communication between doctors

A missed diagnosis of breast cancer will cost you time in your treatment and could have you on the incorrect treatment path.

An incorrect treatment for breast cancer claim

An incorrect treatment for breast cancer claim may happen when your breast cancer worsens due to medical negligence by the medical professionals treating you. 

You may suffer incorrect treatment for breast cancer when:

  • You are prescribed the incorrect medication by the oncologist
  • The hospital doctors give you an incorrect dose of chemotherapy medication
  • Your GP recommends an incorrect treatment for breast cancer
  • The cancer treatment team makes an error in your breast cancer notes
  • You are sent for unnecessary surgery

An incorrect treatment for breast cancer can have severe effects on your health, and you may have a breast cancer negligence claim.

Are you eligible for compensation?

If you want to obtain compensation for the negligence you have suffered, we have a simple 3 step process to make sure you get the money you deserve

  • Take our online assessment & speak with our team

  • Our team of doctors and lawyers will undertake a full medical review based on your medical records

  • We will send a legal letter of claim and our solicitors will pursue your compensation on your behalf

All case reviews are 100% cost and commitment free.

Delayed breast cancer diagnosis claim

A delayed breast cancer diagnosis claim will delay the treatment for your breast cancer and could even cause you to undergo more radical treatment for breast cancer than necessary. 

A delayed breast cancer diagnosis can happen when:

  • Your GP does not send you for further testing
  • There are delays in the breast cancer screening service
  • An oncologist fails to read your breast cancer test results in time
  • The radiologist makes an error when doing your breast scan
  • The oncologist fails to tell your GP of your diagnosis

A delayed breast cancer diagnosis can affect your life today and in the future.

Incorrect breast cancer diagnosis claim

An incorrect breast cancer diagnosis claim can cause unnecessary stress, cause you to suffer the effects of unnecessary medication and could delay the treatment for a different type of cancer. 

An incorrect breast cancer diagnosis can happen when:

  • The medical professional does not read your test results correctly
  • The oncologist makes an error in diagnosis due to fatigue
  • There is a mix-up in patient notes at the hospital
  • There is a mix-up in patient test results at the labs or at the hospital
  • There is an error in communication between your doctors

An incorrect breast cancer diagnosis can have an effect on your health, and you may have a cancer negligence compensation claim.

Poor medical care in breast cancer treatment claim

A poor medical care in breast cancer treatment claim can result from care causing your cancer to worsen and delays to the correct treatment plan and schedule. 

You may suffer poor medical care in your breast cancer treatment when:

  • You are given the incorrect medication due to doctor error
  • You are given too much or too little a dose of your breast cancer medication
  • Your cancer treatment does not begin on time due to NHS cutbacks
  • You do not see the correct medical team after your breast cancer diagnosis
  • There are delays between your courses of treatment

Poor medical care in your breast cancer treatment is unacceptable, and you may have a breast cancer negligence claim for compensation. 

Cancer negligence can cause delays in your treatment, allow your breast cancer to get worse and may even cost the life of a loved one. 

You may have a breast cancer compensation claim when you or a loved one suffers medical negligence during your cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Breast cancer compensation claim

In a breast cancer compensation claim, you can seek compensation for negligence from a medical specialist in amounts from the low £10,000s to over £1 million in some cases. 

The medical negligence by a GP, hospital doctor or oncologist may be due to poorly trained staff, the misreading of test results or fatigue, but the cancer diagnosis errors can have many effects on you, and you can claim for those effects today and in the future. 

The compensation awarded when your oncologist makes an error with your cancer treatment or when the GP fails to refer you for further testing depends on many factors, such as how much discomfort and disruption you experience in your life today and in the future.

Claims sometimes see very high awards, such as when a patient becomes very ill due to the wrong treatment or suffers unnecessary pain and anxiety due to a missed diagnosis of breast cancer negligence. 

Compensation for breast cancer negligence can see awards of:

  • Breast cancer misdiagnosis due to GP negligence-£38,360
  • Missed diagnosis of breast cancer due to oncologist errors – £54,670
  • Negligence by oncologist causes delays in breast cancer treatment – £69,540
  • Breast cancer negligence due to errors reading test results -£76,420
  • Fatal breast cancer negligence by an oncologist – £258,210
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All amounts are approximate and are only a guide to what is possible in a breast cancer negligence claim. Figures can be high in some claims as you or a loved one could need long-term care, and you may face medical bills for life due to errors in treating the breast cancer or errors in diagnosing your breast cancer.

You may be able to claim for these care expenses and the medical costs in the future with a breast cancer compensation case. 

As in all medical negligence claims, each case is dealt with on merit and how much the patient suffers due to the medical negligence by the GP, hospital doctor or oncologist. 

A No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor will be the one to advise you on a breast cancer negligence claim. They will know from experience what your case may be worth and how to make a successful breast cancer compensation claim.

Our Process

Our team members have a higher career win rate with a 75% success rate on NHS letters of claim, compared to an industry average of 54.5%.

Enquiry

The first step is to get in touch and tell us what went wrong. It’s free and easy. Call our 24-hour helpline: 0800 246 1122 or request a callback here.

Medical Evaluation

Once you have spoken with our team we’ll let you know how we can help. Typically the next step is to obtain your medical records for us to review.

Legal Letter

Once all your medical records have been received they will be reviewed by a medically & legally qualified member of our team. If there is evidence of medical negligence we will send a letter of claim to the negligent party outlining your medical negligence claim.

Who is eligible for compensation in a breast cancer negligence claim?

The patient who suffers pain and anxiety and sees their condition getting worse due to breast cancer negligence may be eligible to claim compensation. 

Medical negligence may make their cancer worse, or any subsequent poor medical treatment may also affect their recovery. A patient can claim compensation for the effects of the breast cancer negligence on their life. 

You, the patient, are the one to suffer due to the misdiagnosis of breast cancer or a missed diagnosis of your cancer in the early stages. The medical negligence by the oncologist may cause the breast cancer to get a lot worse or even put your life in danger. 

Medical negligence may lead to psychological trauma, unnecessary pain, and further surgery. The patient may be unable to claim due to the effects of the breast cancer negligence, and their dependants may be able to make the compensation claim. 

The loved ones in a breast cancer negligence case are known as ‘dependents’ and can be:

  • A spouse or former spouse of the injured person
  • Someone who lived with the patient for two years as a husband, wife, or civil partner.
  • Blood children adopted children or those who became children through marriage or civil partnership
  • Parents and those acting as parents, such as a guardian or step-parents
  • Grandparents or great-grandparents
  • Brothers, sisters, cousins, and other direct relatives

When you have a breast cancer negligence claim, your No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor can help make the case for compensation.

What can you claim for in breast cancer negligence compensation?

You can claim compensation for any damages that occurred when you sue in a breast cancer negligence case. 

There are two types of compensation damages due when suing for any kind of medical negligence, such as breast cancer negligence:

General Damages in a breast cancer negligence claim are when you sue for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity, PSLA, you have experienced due to a misdiagnosis, missed diagnosis, poor treatment or other form of medical negligence during your time of having breast cancer. 

  • Pain is that above what is normally expected for your condition, made worse by the negligence 
  • Suffering is the inconvenience and changes to your life that cause you unnecessary discomfort when you experience breast cancer negligence
  • Loss of Amenity is any difficulty you have in doing everyday tasks, such as walking, sitting, playing sports, and sleeping.

Special Damages in a breast cancer negligence claim can include any loss of earnings, future care costs, and out-of-pocket expenses. 

  • Loss of earnings includes compensation for time off work and any reduction of your income in the future. 
  • Future care costs are for any care you will need as a result of the breast cancer negligence, causing your cancer to worsen. 
  • Out-of-pocket expenses cover medical appointments, travel, accommodation, and meals. 

Be sure to keep payslips, receipts, and proof of any losses you experience due to the breast cancer negligence by the GP, oncologist and hospital doctor. 

You deserve compensation to cover all losses, including loss of life for dependents, medical costs, and long-term care needs. 

When you or a loved one experiences unnecessary suffering due to breast cancer negligence by a medical professional, such as that caused by a missed diagnosis of breast cancer, you can claim medical negligence compensation.

two types of compensation damages

Who can be responsible for breast cancer negligence?

A medical professional can be responsible for your breast cancer negligence. They are the ones who owe you a duty of care, and when they breach that duty of care, leading to breast cancer negligence, you are the one to suffer. 

The NHS is a hard-working and excellent health service for the people of the UK. Administrators and medical professionals working within the NHS can make errors, which may lead to breast cancer negligence.  

Those responsible for your breast cancer negligence can be:

  • The GP who fails to refer you for further tests
  • The oncologist who makes an error in your diagnosis
  • The hospital doctor who fails to refer you to an oncologist
  • The GP who makes a missed diagnosis of your breast cancer
  • The cancer treatment team who make errors with your medication
  • The NHS hospital which does not employ fully trained staff
  • The NHS hospital which does not follow breast cancer treatment guidelines
  • The radiologist who makes an error with your breast screening
  • The NHS hospital which causes a mix-up in your medical notes and records
Who is responsible for medical negligence

Breast cancer negligence can have severe, long-term effects on your life and that of your family and loved ones. 

When your cancer diagnosis is delayed, or you suffer a missed diagnosis of breast cancer, your loved ones may have a claim for fatal breast cancer negligence. 

Fatal breast cancer negligence

Fatal breast cancer negligence is when a loved one passes away due to the lack of professional care by the GP, oncologist or other medical professional. You trust every medical professional to have a duty of care when treating your loved one. 

If they breach that duty of care and your husband, wife, partner or close relative dies due to fatal breast cancer negligence, you may have a compensation claim. Fatal cancer negligence can happen with a misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis of breast cancer, which can cause unnecessary delays in beginning treatment. 

The loved ones left behind as a result of fatal breast cancer negligence can claim compensation for the medical negligence. In any medical negligence case, such as that by an oncologist or other cancer doctor, those left behind who can claim are known as ‘dependents.’ 

The dependants who can claim compensation for breast cancer negligence can be:

  • A spouse or former spouse of the deceased
  • Someone who lived with the deceased for two years before death as a husband, wife, or civil partner.
  • Blood children, adopted children or those who became children through marriage or civil partnership
  • Parents and those acting as parents, such as a guardian or step-parents
  • Grandparents or great-grandparents
  • Brothers, sisters, cousins, and other direct relatives

The deceased’s family may be able to claim compensation on behalf of the estate for the fatal breast cancer negligence. 

They may be able to claim for:

  • Mental anguish
  • The economic effects of the death today and in the future
  • The costs of care if the deceased was a carer for a relative
  • Any medical costs due to the negligence, before the death of the loved one
  • Adaptions to the home and car before they passed away
  • Other damages from the fatal negligence, such as loss of income

The dependents of the victim may have a compensation claim, and a No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor can guide them through the steps in making a claim for fatal breast cancer negligence.

Support groups for breast cancer in the UK

Support groups for breast cancer in the UK can be a massive source of relief and help when you receive a diagnosis of breast cancer. The services provided by the breast cancer support groups offer a helping hand when you need it the most. 

The breast cancer support groups are peopled by staff who have the experience of dealing with people just like you. Often, the support staff are breast cancer survivors and will know how to help when you need it. 

Some of the support groups for breast cancer in the UK are:

Support groups are there to listen to you and help you navigate through your breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, and are an invaluable resource when you need them the most. 

How to make a claim for medical negligence

The steps involved in making a claim for medical negligence go from seeking medical advice to issuing court proceedings when you suffer breast cancer negligence by a medical professional. 

The steps are a part of any successful compensation case, and settlement can happen at any stage in the process. 

Your medical negligence solicitor will do the rest when you follow the steps correctly and gather all the facts and figures.

Seek medical advice on the effects of the medical negligence and any unnecessary suffering you experience as soon as you realise you may be a victim of poor breast cancer care, a misdiagnosis of breast cancer or a missed diagnosis of breast cancer.

Contact a specialist medical negligence solicitor who operates on a No Win No Fee basis and tell them what went wrong. The right solicitor will look at the case, see where the problem lies, and advise if you have a claim for medical negligence. 

The Medical Negligence Team also have a 100% Compensation Guarantee scheme, where you get all the money awarded in a negligence claim. 

You or a loved one suffered the medical negligence of breast cancer negligence, and you should get all the money due for the effects on your life today and in the future.

Your medical negligence solicitor obtains the medical records with your permission. By reading the records, they will confirm if they think you have a valid claim for breast cancer negligence. 

The medical negligence team will know from your medical records if the case will result in compensation being paid.

The medical negligence solicitor sending a letter of claim to the negligent party is the next step. The letter will ask them to admit the medical negligence in what is known as ‘sending a letter of claim.’ 

When the negligent party receives the letter of claim, they have up to four months to provide a written response.

Getting a response from the negligent party’s insurer will move the compensation claim closer to a conclusion. 

The insurer will either admit to the claim of medical negligence or say they intend to defend the case. Deciding to defend the claim is known as ‘deny liability’ in legal terms. 

If they admit liability, your medical negligence claim can be valued, and the two parties will meet to decide on the breast cancer negligence compensation payment.

Your solicitor will negotiate with the negligent party and use their experience to get the compensation you deserve for any medical negligence in your breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Issuing court proceedings is the next step if they deny liability in your claim for medical negligence. 

Going to court happens, too, when they are not prepared to pay a fair amount for the damages you or your loved ones suffered. Your medical negligence solicitor issues the court proceedings.  

Remember that less than 1% of medical negligence cases end up in court, and very few of those cases ever make it to the courtroom.

making a medical negligence claim

Our Process

Our team members have a higher career win rate with a 75% success rate on NHS letters of claim, compared to an industry average of 54.5%.

Enquiry

The first step is to get in touch and tell us what went wrong. It’s free and easy. Call our 24-hour helpline: 0800 246 1122 or request a callback here.

Medical Evaluation

Once you have spoken with our team we’ll let you know how we can help. Typically the next step is to obtain your medical records for us to review.

Legal Letter

Once all your medical records have been received they will be reviewed by a medically & legally qualified member of our team. If there is evidence of medical negligence we will send a letter of claim to the negligent party outlining your medical negligence claim.

How long do I have to make a claim for medical negligence?

You have three years to make a claim for medical negligence. All medical negligence claims are subject to limitation periods. 

For example, in England and Wales, medical negligence cases for breast cancer negligence must generally be brought and court proceedings issued within three years of the injury or three years of knowledge of the facts giving rise to the claim. 

If someone has passed away due to a breach of duty of care by a medical professional leading to breast cancer negligence, it is the date of death if the limitation period has not expired by that time. 

Children not under a disability typically have until they reach 21 to start a medical negligence claim or court proceedings. 

Persons with a disability, who lack capacity, are not subject to any limitation period.

Will I have to go to court with a breast cancer negligence claim?

No, you are very unlikely to have to go to court with a breast cancer negligence claim. 

The majority of cases are settled well before there is a need for court action, and NHS Resolution will see most cases are dealt with, in conjunction with your solicitor, before a referral to court by either side. 

Breast cancer negligence can cause you and your family a lot of distress, and if you discover the errors could be due to poor treatment by a medical professional, you will want answers and compensation for the effects of the breast cancer negligence. 

Your solicitor will want to keep the medical negligence claim out of court and get it settled in your favour as quickly as possible. 

If your claim is one of the very few cases that do go to court, it will be handled by your No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor.

Using a No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor

Using a No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor is the only way to a successful compensation claim for breast cancer negligence. Your No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor will not charge you for a claim you do not win. 

The medical negligence solicitor will have experience dealing with the NHS and insurance companies when handling the breast cancer negligence claim. They will know the causes of breast cancer negligence, discover who caused the medical negligence in your treatment, and the effects of the negligence by a medical specialist. 

Your No Win No Fee solicitor will handle your compensation claim when you suffer breast cancer and how to make it a successful compensation claim. 

Always have a fee agreement in place before engaging a medical negligence solicitor. If they start talking of a ‘win fee’ or a ‘success fee,’ you should walk away. The negligent party insurers should pay all fees. 

The medical negligence solicitor should also operate a 100% Compensation Guarantee scheme. When you win the case, all the money awarded should go to you, not the solicitor. 

You are the one who experienced the breast cancer negligence, and you deserve the compensation to get your life back to normal.

Using a No Win No Fee solicitor

Contact The Medical Negligence Team

Contact the Medical Negligence Team today to discuss your claim for breast cancer negligence. You suffered from the effects of the misdiagnosis, missed diagnosis or poor medical treatment with your breast cancer, and you may be able to claim compensation for the medical negligence. 

At the Medical Negligence Team, we fight every compensation claim on a No Win No Fee basis and you will not be out of pocket for an unsuccessful claim. We have both the legal and medical experts to guide you along the steps to a successful claim for breast cancer negligence compensation. 

We have a very high success rate and a reputation for a speedy and successful resolution to medical specialist negligence claims. 

Our 100% Compensation Guarantee puts all the money you win into your pocket. You may have a compensation claim if you experience breast cancer negligence, such as a failure to read your test results or of the oncologist prescribing an incorrect medication during your treatment. 

Contact us at the Medical Negligence Team, and let us handle your claim for breast cancer negligence compensation.

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