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Lung cancer claims

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

To speak with one of our lung 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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Patients with lung cancer generally present with coughing up blood.  Those with metastatic disease may also present with weight loss, bone pain or jaundice.  GPs should refer patients to a chest physician who will look for abnormalities and clubbing.  Investigations should include full blood count, liver function tests, chest x-ray and sputum cytology.  If the chest x-ray is abnormal, fibreoptic bronchosopy should be performed.  Staging investigations should include a radioisotope bone scan, liver ultrasound and a CT scan.

Delays in Diagnosis

Treatment depends on whether a patient has small or non-small cell lung cancer. Limited stage non-small cell lung cancer may be operable; otherwise it is treated with radiotherapy.  Small cell lung cancer is treated with chemotherapy.

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 lung cancer can be very serious. Medical negligence claims may be brought for:

  • Failure to carry out adequate examination or take an accurate history
  • Failure to refer a patient to a chest physician for further investigations
  • Mistakes in interpreting investigations
  • Mistakes in classification of lung cancer as either small cell or non-small cell lung cancer
  • Mistakes in staging
  • Mistaken diagnosis of lung cancer

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.