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Our medical negligence solicitors are highly experienced in helping clients who have been injured by negligent cancer care recover compensation for their injuries. We have helped clients rebuild their lives after they have suffered significant worsening of their condition or where cancer care negligence has led to the loss of a loved one. 

What is cancer negligence?

When a patient has cancer, timely referral, tests and investigations and treatment can make the difference between a return to health and ongoing quality of life or radical treatment and, sometimes, death.

Suspected cancer recognition and referral guidelines set by NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) require healthcare professionals to recognise the importance of speed in referral, investigations and treatment in reducing injury to a patient who is suspected of having cancer.  

The NHS gives patients with signs of cancer the right to urgent referral and treatment as delays can:

  • increase the extent and severity of the condition;
  • allow the cancer to spread to other areas of the body (metastasis);
  • lead to the patient needing more radical treatment with greater side effects;
  • reduce the patient’s chance of survival;
  • increase the chances of recurrence;
  • increase ongoing pain and disability;
  • cause or increase psychological injury;
  • result in the patient’s death.

The worry and uncertainty of cancer makes it one of the toughest experiences that individuals and their families ever have to face. Where the patient’s condition and its consequences are made significantly worse by negligent medical treatment, the affected individual, or their bereaved dependant family, may be entitled to compensation.

When can you sue a hospital or GP for cancer negligence?

Clinical negligence claims for cancer negligence often arise from:

  • misdiagnosis or delays in cancer diagnosis;
  • delays in referring the patient for further investigations or specialist care;
  • failure to carry out tests or investigations;
  • misinterpretation of test results, such as x-rays or scans;
  • delays in surgery or other treatment;
  • communication and follow-up errors, e.g. failing to recall a patient for treatment after an abnormal cervical smear.

Claims are often made for compensation for additional injuries and their consequences from negligent diagnosis, referral, treatment and follow-up of cancers, such as:

  • cervical cancer;
  • Ewing’s sarcoma/spinal cancer;
  • brain tumour;
  • breast cancer;
  • bowel/colorectal cancer;
  • spinal tumour;
  • lung cancer;
  • ovarian cancer;
  • uterine cancer (cancer of the womb);
  • mouth/oral cancer.

Cancer, even where correctly treated, can cause devastating injury to the sufferer. This type of injury cannot be compensated through a cancer negligence claim, as it was not caused by substandard medical care.

The patient is entitled to compensation, however, for additional serious injury which was caused by negligent medical treatment, or which would have been avoided if an acceptable standard of care had been given. The avoidable harm caused by cancer negligence can be devastating for the individual and their family.  This greatly increases the pain, loss of function, distress, fear and worry, and financial consequences of this life-threatening condition at what is already an extremely difficult time.

We have recovered substantial sums in compensation for clients whose cancer was negligently treated, resulting in:

  • impaired bowel and bladder function, e.g. incontinence;
  • loss of fertility;
  • paralysis;
  • loss of vision;
  • brain damage and neurological disability;
  • reduced lifespan;
  • increased risk of recurrence;
  • psychiatric/psychological damage;
  • metastasis (spread of cancer to other parts of the body);
  • post-treatment complications, including:
    • radiotherapy injuries;
    • neutropenic sepsis (related to chemotherapy);
  • death.
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How we help clients after cancer negligence

Where the cancer negligence has resulted in ongoing disability, loss of function and other physical and psychological effects which have financial consequences, we can also help our clients recover compensation for their financial losses, such as:

  • necessary home adaptations, e.g. to improve bathroom accessibility;
  • cost of psychological counselling;
  • loss of earnings;
  • cost of household help or care;
  • costs and losses which follow the death of a family member and provider, such as:
    • funeral expenses;
    • bereavement payment (a statutory fixed payment);
    • loss of financial dependency and other care and support provided by a parent or other family member.
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Meet your team

Susan Brown

Partner

Richard Money-Kyrle

Partner

Julie Marsh

Senior associate - solicitor

Vanessa Wand

Senior associate - solicitor

Nicola Anderson

Associate - solicitor

Rachel Makore

Associate - solicitor

Alpa Rana

Associate - solicitor

Fran Rothwell

Associate solicitor

Sita Soni

Associate - solicitor

Tara Byrne

Solicitor

Ben Ireland

Solicitor

Audrey Elmore

Medical records coordinator

Nicky Melville

Professional support assistant

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Our teams have been nationally recognised over the past decade for their dedication and commitment to securing maximum compensation for our clients

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"Successfully negotiated a full and fair compensation"

Boyes Turner staff were always helpful and quick to respond. Communicating from the other side of the world presented no problems. Boyes Turner secured generous early interim payments that allowed me to continue my (non-funded) medical treatment that otherwise I could never have afforded. My Boyes Turner solicitor successfully negotiated a full and fair compensation and continuation of funding for future medical treatment and associated costs giving me great peace of mind. Thank you so much Annabelle! I would recommend Boyes Turner solicitors. They are professional, courteous and helpful. 

Brian

"More compensation than expected"

"Boyes Turner provided us really great support and the staff are very professional & supportive. They kept us up to date at all stages and helped us win the case. We got more compensation than expected. We will definitely recommend them to our friends". 

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Your explanations and advice were clear and understandable and seemed eminently sensible. Clearly they were, with the result achieved. 

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"Fantastic and invaluable support"

The advice and support I had from the team was fantastic and invaluable. They put mine and my wife's mind at rest on many occasions and got a great result for us. Thank you from all of us. 

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Your easy and friendly manner has made a difficult situation much more tolerable. We shall have no hesitation in recommending Boyes Turner to anyone who might need your help. 

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