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Breast cancer claims

If you or your family have been affected by the late diagnosis or misdiagnosis of breast cancer, our team of expert medical negligence solicitors can help you pursue a claim for compensation.

To speak with one of our breast cancer negligence experts call 0800 358 3848 or complete our online enquiry form.

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During this difficult time, we want to reassure our clients that we are open for business and working as normal. We are happy to respond immediately to new enquiries either to our enquiry line (0800 358 3848) or to an individual solicitor.

Our IT systems are robust enough for us to work from home and we are meeting current and new clients online and by telephone to deal with all enquiries. The courts, counsel and our experts are continuing to work on your behalf. We will contact all of our clients by phone to reassure you of our continuing support at this difficult time.

We realise that most of you will be in self-isolation and would like to express our best wishes for your ongoing safety and health.

Paul McNeil, Head of Personal Injury and Medical Negligence

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Breast cancer generally presents as a lump in the breast. It should be diagnosed by a “triple test” of investigation:

  • Clinical examination
  • Mammogram
  • Biopsy (where a pathologist reviews a sample of cells under a microscope)

If the radiology or biopsy suggest malignancy, the woman should proceed to surgery within 2 weeks of diagnosis.

If breast cancer is diagnosed early the chance of being cured is normally good. Treatment includes surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and hormonal therapy. To succeed in a medical negligence claim you need to prove that the delay affected the outcome. Usually this means you need to prove that during the delay the cancer progressed to a more advanced stage. Therefore, delays of a few months are unlikely to be enough. However if cancer is left, it is likely to grow and can spread to other parts of the body. Mistakes in diagnosing breast cancer can therefore be very serious.

Medical negligence claims may be brought for:

  • Failure to carry out an adequate examination
  • Failure to advise a patient to return if a suspicious lump changes or grows
  • Mistakes by pathologists in reviewing the tissue samples
  • Mistakes by radiologists in reviewing the mammogram
  • Mistaken diagnosis of breast cancer where a lump is actually benign resulting in unnecessary surgery (This may result in cosmetic deformity, lymphoedema and anxiety)

Why choose Fieldfisher's medical negligence team?


We achieve record damages for people suffering serious injury following medical negligence. Last year, we recovered more than £200m in compensation claims.


We have more than 30 years' experience pursuing claims for people injured by medical negligence, clinical negligence, medical accidents and medical mistakes.


We are ranked top tier in leading legal directories and regularly recognised in industry awards. We are accredited by APIL, panel members of AvMA and members of the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel.

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For a free, no obligation call with one of our medical negligence experts, please dial 0800 358 3848 or complete our online enquiry form.