Medical advancements mean patients who are promptly diagnosed with bone cancer can often have effective treatment and a long life expectancy. If you believe that your diagnosis or treatment for bone cancer has been delayed your recovery may be affected and you could have a medical negligence claim.
If you believe that you have been let down by your healthcare professionals in your diagnosis and treatment of bone cancer we can help. You may be able to bring claim for medical negligence. We know that starting a claim at an already difficult time can seem like a daunting prospect but we can help you through the process. Here at Your Legal Friend we work with those affected by medical negligence, including the misdiagnosis of bone cancer, to gain answers and to hold those responsible to account. We could help you too, using our skills and expertise to secure you the best possible outcome in your case.
We know that cancer misdiagnosis doesn’t just affect your physical health but has an impact on all aspects of your life. While every misdiagnosis case is different, our knowledgeable and friendly team will work with you every step of the way to support your case, using our experience in the area to work on your behalf. From the very beginning of you failure to diagnose claim for bone cancer we will be by your side and on hand to offer guidance and support when you need it.
The time limit on making a bone cancer claim
If you would like to make a bone cancer malpractice claim, or any other type of medical claim, you do need to be aware that there is a time limit. From the diagnosis of cancer you have 3 years to bring your compensation claim forward. In legal terms, the starting point of the time limit is referred to as ‘date of knowledge’.
While you do have 3 years from this point to make a missed bone cancer diagnosis compensation claim, we suggest that you start the process as soon as possible. If you’re undergoing treatment for bone cancer or recovering we understand that it can be the last thing on your mind. But starting it sooner rather than later can help you case. It means that the details of your symptoms, experience and treatment are still fresh in your mind, supporting your witness statement, and accessing supporting documentation, such as medical records and scans, is often easier the closer the claim is made. Not only does it make the process easier it also means it can be concluded quicker, allowing you to receive your compensation sooner, if successful, and move forward.
In some cases the time limit can be difficult to understand, for instance if your case is complex and you were misdiagnosed several times. A failure to diagnose bone cancer claim is serious and we can help you pinpoint the ‘date of knowledge’ and take the next step in your claim.
If you do not claim within the set time period, your claim will be considered ‘statute barred’ or ‘out of time’ and will unfortunately not be taken further. There are two exceptions to this rule, in the case of children and if the negligence directly led to a fatality. In these cases suing the NHS for negligence is still possible as the date on which time begins to run is the date of the child’s 18th birthday, and in the case of fatalities, from the date of death.