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My cancer diagnosis was missed and my treatment was delayed — can I claim medical negligence for my misdiagnosis?

It can be extremely upsetting to experience delays in receiving important cancer treatment. Your doctor’s failure to diagnose your condition may well mean that you can make a successful medical negligence claim. You may also be able to claim if tests are delayed due to administrative errors.

Your solicitor will need to know how many times you visited your doctor with symptoms before you were eventually referred for further tests. Your medical notes will help as they will demonstrate whether your doctor took into account your age, occupation, lifestyle, past medical history and other factors that should be considered when making a diagnosis.

It will also be important to consider the impact of the delays and how this has changed the outcome of your condition. Any compensation award will reflect the harm you suffered as a result of the delay. Even if your doctor was negligent, if this made no difference to the outcome you will not be able to make a medical negligence claim.

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