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Testicular Cancer Misdiagnosis Compensation Claims

This guide will explain how to claim compensation for testicular cancer misdiagnosis. Medical professionals have a duty of care; this means they need to provide care of a minimum standard. If this standard is not met, and you’re harmed as a result, you may be able to make a cancer misdiagnosis claim.

If a doctor misdiagnoses your testicular cancer, this can impact your health. For example. you might need more serious treatment than you would have if the right level of care had been administered. In some cases, the condition might progress to the point where it results in wrongful death.

Testicular cancer misdiagnosis compensation claims guide

Testicular cancer misdiagnosis compensation claims guide

Don’t hesitate to contact us to see if you are eligible to claim compensation for the delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of testicular cancer. If we can see that you are eligible for compensation, you could be connected with a solicitor from our panel to start working on your claim.

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Can You Claim For Testicular Cancer Misdiagnosis?

Testicular cancer is a type of cancer that mostly affects males aged 15 to 49. The main symptoms of this kind of cancer is a lump on one of the testicles or the testicles changing shape or texture.

If your testicular cancer was misdiagnosed, this might have delayed your treatment. Therefore you may have experienced pain and suffering that could  have been avoided if you were provided the right level of care.

Furthermore, if testicular cancer goes undiagnosed, you may require a more invasive form of cancer treatment once a diagnosis is made. If testicular cancer is diagnosed too late and spreads to other organs, the patient may pass away. Furthermore, if your doctor mistakenly diagnoses your condition as something else, they could provide you with negligent medical advice or prescribe you the wrong medication.

Not all cases of misdiagnosis will form the basis of successful misdiagnosis claims. It is possible for a condition to be misdiagnosed even when your doctor provides the right level of care. In this case, you would not be able to claim.

Please call us today to see if you are eligible to claim for the testicular cancer misdiagnosis.

Types Of Testicular Cancer

Germ cell testicular cancer is the most common type of testicular cancer. Germ cells are the cells that create sperm. The two main types of germ cell cancer are:

  • Seminomas. These count for 40-50% of testicular cancers.
  • Non-seminomas, accounting for embryonal carcinomas, teratomas, yolk sac tumours and choriocarcinomas.

Below, we’ve included examples of some less common types of testicular cancer:

  • Leydig cell tumours- making up 1-3 of testicular cancer cases
  • Sertoli cell tumours- making up 1% of testicular cancer cases

Testicular Cancer Symptoms

If you have any symptoms of testicular cancer, please see your GP as soon as possible. Below, we have included some of the symptoms of testicular cancer:

  • A lump or swelling in one of the testicles
  • The testicle changes in shape and size
  • The testicle feels firmer
  • One testicle looks different to the other
  • The scrotum feels heavy
  • Pain or swelling in the scrotum

If your condition was misdiagnosed as a result of negligence, speak with an advisor today. You could be connected with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel if you have a valid testicular cancer misdiagnosis case.

Who Is At Risk Of Developing Testicular Cancer?

Males in the following groups are more likely to develop testicular cancer:

  • Men and boys with undescended testicles
  • Males aged 15 to 49
  • People with a family history of testicular cancer
  • For reasons unknown, testicular cancer disproportionately affects white men. However, men from all ethnic groups can have testicular cancer.

Diagnosing And Treating Testicular Cancer

Medical professionals can use the following tests to diagnose testicular cancer:

  • Physical examination
  • Blood tests
  • A scrotal ultrasound
  • Histology (examining a part of the lump under a microscope)

The treatment you require for your condition will depend on a number of factors. For example, the kind of cancer you’re suffering from and the stage it is at will impact the treatment you’re offered.

The first stage of treating testicular cancer is removing the affected testicle. This is called an orchidectomy.  Chemotherapy and radiotherapy might also be performed to stop the cancer from coming back.

For more information on when you may be able to claim for testicular cancer misdiagnosis, speak with an advisor today.

Can Doctors Misdiagnose Testicular Cancer?

Below are some examples of how testicular cancer can be misdiagnosed.

  • GP negligence can cause the misdiagnosis of testicular cancer. For example, a GP may fail to carry out the correct examination on you despite you displaying clear testicular cancer symptoms.
  • A doctor may fail to refer you to the hospital for further testing because they failed to pay attention to your symptoms.
  • Hospital negligence can happen if a  medical professional performs a diagnostic test incorrectly because of a breach of duty of care, resulting in a failure to diagnose cancer.

As we have already mentioned, not all instances of misdiagnosis will form the basis of a valid claim. You will need to show that medical negligence directly impacted your health in order to be able to claim.

The Bolam test might be used to determine whether or not a medical professional acted negligently. This is where a panel of appropriately trained medical professionals are asked whether the actions of the doctor in question met the acceptable standard of care.

If they decide that it did not, and your condition was negatively affected by this breach of duty of care, then you may be able to claim for testicular cancer misdiagnosis. Get in touch with our team today for more information on whether you have a valid case.

Testicular Cancer Misdiagnosis Compensation Settlements

If a negligent testicular cancer misdiagnosis has injured you, you may be eligible to claim compensation. If your compensation claim is successful, you will receive general damages which compensate you for the impact the misdiagnosis has had on your health.

Please feel free to use the table below in lieu of a medical negligence claims calculator to estimate how much you could receive in general damages. The compensation amounts in this table are taken from the Judicial College guidelines. Legal professionals use these guidelines to help them value claims. However, many factors will determine what your claim is worth, so please take the contents of this table as advisory.

Injury DamagesNotes
Total loss of reproductive organs In excess of £153,870
Award will be affected by factors such as hormonal impact, psychological reaction and medical complications
Total impotence and lost sexual function£114,900 to £148,320Award will be affected by factors such as hormonal impact, psychological reaction and medical complications. Injured person will also be sterile
Permanent impotence or sexual dysfunction £43,010 to £88,750
Where the injured person has children or would not have had children in any event
Sterility (uncomplicated)£56,080 to £71,350
With no aggravating features where the claimant is a young childless person
Sterility (uncomplicated)£17,960 to £36,740
With no aggravating features where the claimant has children but may have intended to have more.
Orchidectomy £20,070 to £22,580
Where the testicle is removed with no impact on sexual function
Sterility £6,610 to
£18,680
Where the claimant is older and was unlikely to have children in any event. Can also cover cases where medication can allow sexual function despite impotence

Special damages is the second potential head of your claim. This part of your settlement can compensate you for the financial impact that your injuries have had on you.

For example, if you had to take time off work because the progression of your illness meant that you required more intensive treatment, then your claim could cover this loss of earnings. It’s important that you provide evidence of special damages, such as payslips, receipts and invoices.

No Win No Fee Testicular Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims

If you choose to make a claim for harm caused by a testicular cancer misdiagnosis caused by negligence, there’s no requirement for you to use a lawyer to do so. However, working with legal representation means that you get the advantage of your lawyer’s experience.

Medical negligence can be a complex area of law. You may find the idea of navigating this process alone daunting. The guidance and support of your solicitor could help the process of claiming run more smoothly.

If you’d like to work with a lawyer, but are concerned about how much this could cost, you could benefit from a No Win No Fee agreement. A Conditional Fee Agreement is a popular kind of No Win No Fee agreement and is a way of funding a lawyer’s work.

What Are The Advantages Of No Win No Fee Claims?

Under a No Win No Fee agreement:

  • You will not need to pay an upfront solicitors fee. Furthermore, you won’t pay your lawyer any fees as they process your claim.
  • Instead, your lawyer will deduct a success fee from your compensation payment if your claim is successful.
  • If your claim is not a success, there’s no success fee to pay, and you don’t pay for your lawyer’s services.

To learn more about your choices and see if you are eligible to claim, please get in touch with us today:

Resources

You can find out more about clinical negligence claims by reading more of our guides:

Claiming For The Failure To Treat Breast Cancer

How To Claim For The Misdiagnosis Of Lung Cancer

Brain Cancer Misdiagnosis Compensation Claims 

We’ve also included some links to resources that you might find useful:

Cancer Research UK – Testicular cancer

Other Misdiagnosis Claims

We hope you have found this guide to claiming testicular cancer misdiagnosis compensation helpful.

Writer Hana Clarke 

Publisher Fern Stiles