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Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims Solicitors*

If you or your family have suffered from a negligent delay in diagnosing and treating cancer or a negligent cancer misdiagnosis in Ireland, our team of expert cancer misdiagnosis solicitors can help. We specialise in cancer medical negligence claims and will thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your cancer misdiagnosis claim to help you secure compensation for your injuries.

Our experienced cancer misdiagnosis solicitors are dedicated to providing comprehensive legal support. Whether you are dealing with a general cancer misdiagnosis or specific cases like brain cancer misdiagnosis, our cancer claims solicitors are here to assist you every step of the way.

To speak with one of our cancer misdiagnosis negligence experts, call +353 (0)1 8280 982 or complete our online inquiry form.

Our medical negligence solicitors are specialist cancer misdiagnosis negligence claim solicitors. We have successfully concluded many cancer claims where there was an incorrect or missed diagnosis of cancer because of, for example, radiology, filing or GP error, resulting in a delayed diagnosis.

HSE guidelines currently recommend certain cancer pathways from initial consultation to treatment, including a specified time frame for referral. The standard of care in Ireland is generally high, but where there is a negligent misdiagnosis and delay, the consequences can be devastating for the patient and their family.

Fieldfisher specialises in assisting individuals and families who have suffered negligent late or inaccurate diagnoses of cancer in pursuing negligence claims.

We will assess the circumstances of your case and, where we consider there is sufficient merit to investigate further, will assign a specialist clinical negligence solicitor to represent you. Where possible, they will initiate a claim on a no win no fee basis.

Our promise to you

  • You will be assigned a medical negligence specialist solicitor with expertise in cancer misdiagnosis negligence claims. 
  • We will meet you to discuss your medical negligence case at a time and place that suits you
  • We will immediately start to investigate who was responsible for the delay in diagnosis or misdiagnosis of your cancer
  • Where possible, we will seek to access part of your compensation settlement early if this helps to fund private healthcare, rehabilitation or secure your financial position.

What is cancer?

Cancer is one of the most common illnesses in Ireland. It is a disease caused by a change in the body's cells. The normal cells grow in an uncontrolled way, creating a tumour. If left untreated, the tumour can cause problems, including:

  • Spreading into nearby normal tissues
  • Causing pressure on other body structures
  • Spreading to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system or bloodstream

There are more than 200 different types of cancer because of the more than 200 different types of body cells.

Oncology is the branch of medicine concerned with the study, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer. Almost all cancers can be detected by appropriate investigations and screening, but the presenting symptoms vary.

How do I start a medical negligence claim?

If you would like to investigate a case, please contact our team. We are one of the UK and Ireland's leading medical negligence law firms. We will advise and support you throughout the claims process, ensuring you receive the best possible outcome.

You can find out more about making a medical negligence claim here.

Contact us

If you or a loved one has experienced a delayed diagnosis or inadequate treatment for cancer due to medical negligence in Ireland, it is important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible. You generally have two years to make such a claim.

Gathering evidence and enlisting the expertise of our specialised medical negligence team can help you navigate the complexities of pursuing compensation for the physical and emotional toll endured. 

Call +353 1 8280 982 or complete our online inquiry form.

*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement. This statement is made in compliance with RE.8 of SI 518 of 2002.

Medical Negligence FAQs

Medical negligence is where care provided by a medical professional to a patient was below the standard expected, and which has directly caused harm, death or caused a pre-existing condition to become worse. It helps to break it down as follows:

  1. Duty of Care: Healthcare providers (doctors and hospital staff such as nurses and midwives) owe a duty of care to patients to provide treatment in line with accepted standards.
  2. Breach of Duty: A breach occurs when a healthcare professional fails to meet the standard of care expected in a given situation.
  3. Causation: The breach of duty of care has caused the injury/disability/condition that you are taking the case for.

To start investigating whether or not you or a loved one has a medical negligence case, the simplest and best way is to contact our Medical Negligence Solicitors. You do not need to avail of the HSE’s complaints process before engaging with a solicitor.  We offer a free initial consultation to hear from you, about what has happened and we can then give an initial opinion on whether or not you could have a case.

For your case to be successful, we must be able to prove that you received negligent treatment which caused an injury or contributed to making an existing condition worse. On your behalf, our Medical Negligence Solicitors will write to the hospital or doctor for a copy of your records, study them and then ask an expert doctor to conduct an analysis, and provide an independent report on whether or not the duty of care owed to you or a loved one, was breached.

There are time limits for starting a case and the rules are not straightforward. The quickest, easiest and safest way to ensure that you are not out of time, is to speak with one of our Medical Negligence Solicitors.

As a general rule, you have two years from the date that you first became aware that your injury was caused by medical negligence, to start a case.

Where a child has been injured, his parent or guardian can start a case on their behalf any time before the child turns 18. When the child reaches the age of 18, they have until their 20th birthday to start a case for injuries they sustained as a child.

If somebody is unable to handle their own affairs due to a brain injury or mental health condition, there is no time limit to their loved one starting a case, on their behalf.

It is worth repeating that if you are concerned about a time limit on your case, the safest and quickest way to find out is to contact our Medical Negligence solicitors.

Injuries due to medical negligence can lead to permanent physical and psychological disabilities, requiring lifelong medical care, rehabilitation, and support. The aim of compensation is to cover these expenses, ensuring that injured patients or their families have the financial resources to provide the best possible care for them or their child. Additionally, compensation will account for pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other non-economic damages associated with the injury.

The amount of compensation you or a loved one deserves for your injuries caused by medical negligence will depend on matters such as:

  • The nature and extent of your injury/illness/disability
  • Any expenses you’ve incurred or will incur in future on treatment
  • Any lost wages past, present or in future because of your injuries/disability
  • Your future care needs

If you wish to know the costs involved in investigating a medical negligence claim, and what it costs to take a case for your medical negligence injuries, the best and quickest way to do so, is to call our Medical Negligence Solicitors on +353 1 8280 982  or complete our online inquiry form. One of our Medical Negligence Solicitors will respond as soon as possible to discuss your options. We are mindful that you will have already experienced an injury or loss that has been upsetting or even traumatic and we will work with you, to make this process as easy as possible.

Medical negligence cases rarely go all the way to trial. Generally speaking, cases where the medicine is especially complex, or cases involving a large number of doctors or hospitals are more likely to go to trial. It is important to know that if your case goes to court, we will guide you through the process, and what to expect.

The Health Service Executive is responsible for care provided to public patients at all of the University Hospitals (e.g. Galway University Hospital, Mayo General Hospital, Letterkenny University Hospital). As such, the majority of cases brought in Ireland are against the HSE. However, to ensure that the correct entity, responsible for your injuries is held to account, it is important that you speak with one of our Medical Negligence Solicitors.

Following a serious incident, the HSE may carry out its own review to highlight failings and to recommend change where appropriate. Such a report can highlight serious systemic or individual problems that have contributed to failings and harm which prompts the hospital trust to implement staff training and other improvements to keep patients safe.

Investigating negligence or taking a case against a doctor or hospital should have no impact on your treatment. If you have any concerns about this, we will advise and assist you. We can discuss with you, your rights such as transfer of your care to another hospital if you do not feel comfortable being treated in the hospital where you suffered an injury due to negligence.

While we try and resolve cases as quickly as possible, every effort will be made to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. How long it will take depends on what happened in your case, the complexity of your injury/disability, and the number of doctors or hospitals involved. Thankfully, there have been some recent changes in the litigation process that enables cases to proceed at a faster pace.

If it is confirmed by an expert that you have been injured due to medical negligence, it is important that the nature and extent of your injury/disability is assessed by that expert or if appropriate, another expert so that we and you know as much about your future as possible. In doing so, we will be able to understand your future needs and seek compensation to cover all of those losses.  

Parents or guardians can take medical negligence cases on behalf of their children. We represent children who have birth injuries such as cerebral palsy or Erb’s palsy. Our Medical Negligence Solicitors can advise you on how the claim will run and other information such as time limits. 

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