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    About Cancer Claims

    Cancer Negligence Claims

    Being diagnosed with Cancer can bring different fears and emotions. Being Misdiagnosed or a Delay in Diagnosis can cause further complications and unnecessary strain on an already difficult situation for you and your family. When this occurs, you have the right to seek compensation.

    Types of Cancer Claims

    The types of cancer commonly misdiagnosed are: Bladder, Bone, Bowel, Brain, Breast, Cervical, Ear, Liver, Lung, Melanoma and Skin, Ovarian, Pancreatic, Penile, Prostate, Testicular and Womb. There are also Leukaemia, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and much more.

    Claims For Loved Ones Passed Away

    If your loved ones passed away from cancer and it could have been avoided if the correct standard of care and treatment were provided. We will be there to guide you through the claims process with the utmost sensitivity and respect.

    How can Oakwood Help

    If you feel that a medical professional has misdiagnosed your cancer or there has been a delay in diagnosing your cancer, you could be entitled to compensation. The team at Oakwood Solicitors will be able to give you free advice on the prospects of your case and whether you would be eligible to make a claim.

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    Polite and friendly.

    I just want to say how grateful I am for Carol to be helping me and fighting by my side. She was really polite and friendly which made me feel very at ease and very comfortable to go ahead with this claim. Thank you so much.

    - Jack David

    Great attention to detail and response rate

    Oakwood have explained everything regarding my medical negligence claim. They have stayed in touch, returned calls and taken my information in detail and anything I have remembered after the fact they have also taken that down in detail too.

    - Phil Mc.

    Kind and Compassionate

    Sara, She was very kind and compassionate towards me, She really understood the pain I'm going through during this difficult time of my life. And for that I thank you.

    - Scott Reid

    Always take the time to explain things

    Any dealings I have had so far have been very smooth & the staff are very efficient. They have explained things to me in a step by step way for easy understanding. They have also always called back when they have said they would which is really good.

    - Susan Russell

    The Experts in Cancer Claims

    Oakwood Solicitors Ltd’s specialist Medical Negligence department has an in-house team of Solicitors and legal professionals dedicated solely to this area of law. With over 24 years of combined experience, we are dedicated in assisting clients who have suffered physically, mentally and financially as a result of negligent medical treatment. The specialist team pursues an array of medical negligence claims ranging from Prescription errors and misdiagnosis, to complex birthing injury and spinal claims and everything else in between.

    How do I make a claim?

    If you feel that a medical professional has misdiagnosed your cancer, you could be entitled to compensation. The team at Oakwood Solicitors will be able to give you free advice on the prospects of your case and whether you would be eligible to make a claim.

    You have three years from the misdiagnosis to pursue a case, so do not delay.

    How long will my case take to run?

    Given the complexities involved in pursuing Clinical Negligence claims, they can often take 18-24 months to conclude and longer if Court proceedings have to be issued.

    Our investigations start by obtaining all relevant records and protocols before approaching independent medical experts for their opinion. We will provide you with regular updates on the progress of your case to ensure that you are kept up to speed.

    How much is my claim worth?

    It is often difficult to value clinical negligence claims at their outset given the complexities involved however we will pursue two forms of compensation for you:

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    General damages – This is an award of money for the pain and suffering you have endured as a result of the negligence.
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    Special damages – This is an award of money for all of your out of pocket expenses such as travel expenses, medication costs, loss of earnings, treatment costs both past and future. This list is not exhaustive and is very case specific.

    Why use Oakwood Solicitors to make your clinical negligence case?

    We have a dedicated team of solicitors and paralegals who have many years’ experience between them in running cases of this nature. They are highly-trained to deal with all aspects of Clinical Negligence.

    We want to ensure that clients are not overwhelmed by legal jargon, medical terms they don’t understand, and to allow the claims procedure to be as transparent as possible.

    How is my case funded?

    The majority of Clinical Negligence cases are funded by a Conditional Fee Agreement, more commonly known as a ‘no-win, no fee’ agreement. This means that there will be nothing to pay up front and nothing to pay if the claim has been lost.

    If you are successful in your claim, a deduction of 25% of damages will be taken to cover the success fee and the shortfall in legal fees.

    It may also be the case that an After The Event (ATE) insurance policy will be obtained to cover the costs of expensive medical reports and investigations. If an ATE insurance policy has to be obtained, the cost of the same will be discussed with you at the appropriate point.

    The cost of the ATE insurance policy is again taken from your damages and only payable if you are successful with your claim.

    Frequently Asked Questions About Cancer Claims

    What are the different types of Cancer Claims?

    There are generally three types of claims involving cancer patients:

    1. Delay in diagnosis – This is where there has been a significant delay in you undergoing appropriate tests and being diagnosed with the correct condition- link yo misdiagnosis page
    2. Incorrect diagnosis – When you have been diagnosed as suffering from cancer when in fact you are suffering from a less sinister condition.
    3. Incorrect or inappropriate treatment – When you have received your diagnosis however the treatment for the same is incorrect or inappropriate.  The results can be devastating.

    For further information about these types of claims, visit our Medical Misdiagnosis section, here.

    Which Cancers are most commonly Misdiagnosed?

    Certain cancers can be very difficult to diagnose and some people are advised that they have cancer when they do not and vice versa. This can obviously be devastating to those involved and their families.

    Cancer misdiagnosis is common, and presently this is increasing. The most common are:

    • Lung Cancer – Often misdiagnosed as respiratory diseases such as pneumonia or asthma, as the symptoms are often the same – such as shortness of breath or coughing.
    • Breast Cancer – There are a number of reasons why lumps are formed in or around the breast that can lead to misdiagnosis of cancer. Often the lumps may be benign or could be inflammation of the breast tissue. There is a growing rate of male breast cancer being diagnosed.
    • Pancreatic Cancer – Often this will be misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome, gallstones or pancreatitis.
    • Colorectal cancer – Conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis or haemorrhoids can be diagnosed instead of cancer.

    Other cancers that are misdiagnosed include Ovarian, Cervical, Prostate, Skin, Testicular, thyroid, stomach and a whole variety of other cancers.


    What to do next?

    If you have been affected by misdiagnosis, late diagnosis or clinical error regarding cancer, or require any advice about legal proceedings – check our specific list of services below and get in touch today for a free initial consultation. Choose one of the methods on the right-hand side of this page, or call us on 0113 200 9787 to find out how we can help you.

    What should you do if you think you have a claim?

    If you believe or feel you have a claim contact us for a free initial consultation regarding your options.

    Carol Cook
    Carol Cook — Solicitor and Head of Department

    Carol joined Oakwood Solicitors in May 2017 to lead the Medical Negligence department. She handles a wide range of Clinical and Dental Negligence claims and has a specialist interest in Birth Injuries. Carol has years of experience in handling complex clinical and Dental Negligence claims securing substantial amounts of damages for her clients. Carol studied her law degree (LLB honours) at Salford University.

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