Cancer compensation claims

Our dedicated cancer team has specialist experience supporting individuals and their loved ones whose lives have been changed because of a cancer misdiagnosis, late diagnosis or failings during their cancer treatment.

Our team can help you claim compensation if an earlier diagnosis or treatment would have made a difference in your prognosis.


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Understanding medical negligence for cancer 

Many types of cancer respond well to early treatment so receiving a late diagnosis can have a negative impact on your recovery. Some of the reasons you may want to consider making a claim are:

  • GPs not making a timely referral to a specialist or misinterpreting your symptoms
  • significant delays in having investigations/setting a treatment plan
  • a late diagnosis meaning you need a more aggressive treatment with lasting effects 
  • delays resulting into the cancer spreading or not being curable anymore. 

We often take on claims on behalf of loved ones who lost their family member because of a delayed or missed cancer diagnosis. 

Every type of cancer is different and every patient responds differently to treatment. For that reason we have a specialist team whose expertise lies in helping patients and their loved ones understand if the treatment they received was negligent or not. Some of the key areas of cancer claims we can support with are: 

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Your rights and eligibility

If you have concerns about the treatment you or a loved one received, you are entitled to answers. If the care was not of an acceptable standard, or led to more suffering, we can help you make a compensation claim. 

Cases where compensation may be due include:

  • missed or delayed diagnosis, leading to the condition becoming worse or terminal
  • failure to provide the treat treatment quickly after diagnosis
  • poorly performed cancer-removal surgery resulting in further damage
  • Inadequate follow-up care, including errors in radiotherapy and chemotherapy
  • death due to missed diagnosis or failures in treatment

How can compensation help?

Making a cancer compensation claim can help secure the money you need to help alleviate some of the challenges, costs and losses as well as access the specialist help and treatment. For example, compensation can help with the financial burden of:

  • specialist cancer treatment and equipment such as hair loss treatments or cosmetic procedures
  • rehabilitation
  • loss of earnings for the time you may not be able to work
  • travel costs for hospital trips and appointments
  • financial support for your dependants if your cancer can not be cured

A compensation claim can also help you to get a better understanding of what went wrong in your case and why. Many of our clients feel a huge sense of relief after gaining answers and an apology for their loss and suffering. A claim can also help others by shining a light on what went wrong to prevent it from happening again.

Trusted expertise

As expert solicitors focusing on serious injury, medical negligence, mental capacity and education, you can trust us to get the best results for you.

We know how hard it is to deal with the harm you or a loved one has suffered. We’ll support you with empathy every step of the way.

We can help you on a no win no fee basis, meaning you don’t need to worry about funding legal costs

Our support doesn’t end after a claim. We can help you with your financial affairs after settlement and introduce you to charities and organisations that might be able to help you going forward.

Choosing a Lawyer for your Cancer compensation claim

Cancer treatment claims can involve complex issues about who is at fault for your injuries and what could have been done to prevent them. Therefore it’s worth finding a specialist clinical negligence solicitor with experience in this area to help with your claim. 

We offer a free initial discussion to talk through your concerns, the viability of your claim, and discuss the practical steps to achieve a successful outcome. We can also ensure you have the correct cover in place so that you do not have to be concerned about having to pay legal costs. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today to find out how we can help.

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Cancer compensation FAQs

If you claim compensation for harm as a result of failures in treatment or diagnosis of cancer, the amount of money you receive is made up of two elements: general damages and special damages.

General damages are guideline amounts to compensate for the pain and suffering caused and are usually adhered to quite closely.

Special damages vary greatly. The amount of special damages you receive depends partly on the solicitor you have and how thorough and specialist they are. They must consider and calculate all aspects of the costs you may incur as a result of your injury – including but not limited to ongoing medical costs, requirements for home adaptations and loss of earnings. 

It is usually the case that you have three years from the date you were aware of the negligence. In the case of children or someone with mental capacity issues, the rules are different.

If you have concerns it is always best to speak to a specialist even if you think you might have left it too late as they may still be able to help you.

A relative or loved one can bring a claim on behalf of a child or person lacking capacity to do so themselves.

If a loved one has died after failures in their cancer care it is possible for relatives, such as the parent of a child or spouse of an adult, to claim compensation. Relatives often want an explanation or apology for what happened and compensation may be awarded to help offset the financial hardship caused by a loved one’s illness and death where medical negligence was a factor.

It has been reported that as many as four in ten people with cancer in the UK are initially misdiagnosed – and one in five wait more than six months for a correct diagnosis.

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