Endometrial Cancer Misdiagnosis Compensation Claims

If you’ve suffered harm as a result of an endometrial cancer misdiagnosis, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation. However, you would need to show that it happened because of a breach of duty of care on the part of the medical professional treating you. 

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Endometrial cancer misdiagnosis claims guide

Misdiagnosis of cancer can have serious and life-changing consequences. These can include worsening existing symptoms, more severe treatment required and allowing the cancer to spread past the point where it can be treated. 

Throughout this guide, we’ll talk about medical negligence, and how it can result in misdiagnosis. We’ll also explain who may be eligible to claim compensation, and how a No Win No Fee lawyer can help you manage your claim.

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  1. What Is An Endometrial Cancer Misdiagnosis Claim?
  2. What Are The Symptoms Of Endometrial Cancer?
  3. Can Endometrial Cancer Be Misdiagnosed?
  4. Endometrial Cancer Misdiagnosis Compensation Calculator
  5. Get Help With An Endometrial Cancer Misdiagnosis Compensation Claim

What Is An Endometrial Cancer Misdiagnosis Claim?

Endometrial cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the lining of the womb. Also known as uterine or womb cancer, when endometrial cancer is misdiagnosed, it can have life-changing effects.

Not all cases of misdiagnosis will form the basis of a successful claim. To make a valid claim, you must be able to prove that your misdiagnosis and subsequent worsening condition were the results of negligence. 

All patients are owed a duty of care by medical professionals, something outlined by the General Medical Council (GMC). This means that the care you receive must meet a minimum expected standard, and if it doesn’t, your doctor or GP could be found negligent. If you suffer harm due to endometrial cancer misdiagnosis that occurs as a result of negligence, you may be able to claim.

However, some cases of misdiagnosis happen even when the right level of care is delivered. For example, if your symptoms do not present as cancer typically would, then your doctor might not be expected to make a diagnosis.

To learn more about claiming for medical misdiagnosis, contact our team of advisors today. If they feel you have a valid claim, you could be connected with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel. 

What Are The Symptoms Of Endometrial Cancer?

According to the NHS guide to endometrial cancer, the typical symptoms can include:

  • Spotting or bleeding after menopause
  • Pain in your lower back or between your hipbones
  • Blood in your urine
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Unusually heavy periods
  • Bleeding between periods

The NHS guide cautions that these symptoms are common, and could be a result of a number of conditions. However, it’s still important to seek medical attention as soon as possible if you experience any of them.

Endometrial Cancer Statistics

According to statistics provided by Cancer Research UK, there are around 9,700 new cases of uterine cancer diagnosed every year in the United Kingdom. This accounts for 5% of all cancer cases in females, making it the 4th most common cancer amongst this group. 

To learn more about making a failure to diagnose or delayed diagnosis medical negligence claim, get in touch with our advisors today.

Can Endometrial Cancer Be Misdiagnosed?

Not all cases of misdiagnosis can form the basis of a successful claim. Some cases of misdiagnosis or unavoidable, but if you have suffered misdiagnosis as a result of negligence, you may be able to make a claim. 

Some examples of how medical negligence can contribute to endometrial cancer misdiagnosis include:

  • Failure to refer: If your doctor suspects you may have cancer, they may refer you for blood testing or other scans. If they fail to do so, this could result in misdiagnosis.
  • Ignoring symptoms: The symptoms of endometrial cancer are common and could relate to a number of conditions. However, if your symptoms clearly signal cancer and your doctor misdiagnoses you despite this, then this could be an example of a breach of duty of care. 
  • Misreading test results: If your doctor fails to identify the presence of cancerous cells, tumours, or lesions in your test results, they could be found negligent and you may be able to claim.

Our advisors can offer free legal advice and help determine if your claim is valid when you call today.

Time Limits For Endometrial Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims

According to the Limitation Act 1980, you generally have three years to start a medical negligence claim. However, there are some exceptions to this, including:

  • People under the age of 18: People under the age of 18 cannot claim for themselves. Because of this, the time limit is frozen until their 18th birthday. If you are under 18 and wish to make a claim, you can appoint someone else to claim on your behalf as your litigation friend and the time limit is suspended.
  • Lack of mental capacity: If you don’t have the mental capacity to pursue your own claim, the time limit is suspended indefinitely. If you recover, the time limit will begin when you regain the appropriate capacity. Otherwise, someone else can claim on your behalf as your litigation friend. 

Endometrial Cancer Misdiagnosis Compensation Calculator

When you make a claim for endometrial misdiagnosis, there are two heads of compensation that your claim could consist of. General damages are the first head and compensate you for the harm, pain and suffering caused to you as a result of clinical negligence. 

It can be hard to calculate the average settlement for cancer misdiagnosis, as compensation is awarded depending on each person’s individual circumstance. However, the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) provide the compensation brackets used by legal professionals to value claims.

You can find some examples of these brackets in the table below, but it’s important to remember that these figures are only guidelines. The actual compensation you may receive can differ.

Kidney(a) Permanent and serious damage to both kidneys. Or both kidneys are lost.£169,400 to £210,400
Kidney(c) One kidney is lost, however the other suffers no damage.£30,770 to £44,880
Bowels(a) Total loss of urinary and bowel function along with other medical complications.Up to £184,200
Bowels(b) The injured person may depend on a colostomy due to the total loss of the bowels natural function.Up to £150,110
Reproductive System: Female(a) Disease or injury causes infertility. This can also cause severe anxiety and depression with scarring and pain.£114,900 to £170,280
Reproductive System: Male(a) A total loss of the male reproductive organs.In excess of £153,870
Bladder(b) A complete loss of the control and function of the bladder.Up to £140,660
Lung disease(b) Lung cancer that causes severe pain and affects quality of life.£70,030 to £97,330
Digestive System(a)(i) Severe damage to the digestive system. This causes ongoing pain and discomfort.£43,010 to £61,910
Mental anguishThe person will have a fear of impending death or having a reduced life expectancy.£4,670

The second head you could pursue is special damages. These cover the financial impacts of your illness or injuries, for example:

  • Travel costs to and from appointments
  • Cosmetic aids, like wigs 
  • Loss of earnings, or future earnings
  • Mobility aids 

However, you must be able to provide proof of these losses to claim under special damages. Because of this, it can be helpful to keep the receipts, bills, or tickets for any of these expenses.

To get a free estimation of what your claim could be worth, contact our advisors today.

Get Help With An Endometrial Cancer Misdiagnosis Compensation Claim

Endometrial cancer misdiagnosis claims can seem daunting. However, hiring a No Win No Fee solicitor to guide you through the claims process means you get expert legal representation without the traditional financial risk of funding the work of a lawyer upfront.

Our panel of solicitors offers their expertise on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that if your claim is viable, they may offer you a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). With this kind of agreement in place, you don’t need to pay any upfront or ongoing fees to your solicitor. 

Then, if your claim is successful, your solicitor will take a success fee from your compensation. This fee has a legal cap, which helps ensure that you get the majority of your award. However, if your claim does not succeed, you will pay no fees to your solicitor.

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