Discovering you have stomach cancer can be a traumatic experience but if it comes after receiving a misdiagnosis or a level of care that is below standard it can make the experience far worse. Not only does the misdiagnosis of cancer affect the outlook for treatment it can have an impact on a patient’s mental well-being, financial state, and leave them unsure of where to turn for help.
Most people suffering from stomach cancer in the UK receive an excellent level of care and treatment that gives them the best outlook possible. But where this hasn’t been the case, compensation for delayed stomach cancer diagnosis can be considered. Taking a medical negligence claim forward can help you understand why you were let down by the health care system and hold those responsible to account. If successful, the financial compensation can mean you’re better able to cover outgoings while you recover or pay for further treatment to be undertaken
We know that the misdiagnosis of stomach cancer can have a serious impact on your life and if you’ve been affected while suffering from stomach cancer, we could help you. Stomach cancer misdiagnosis claims don’t undo the wrongs patients have experienced but it can help them receive the answers they’re looking for. When you work with Your Legal Friend you’ll have the support of stomach cancer misdiagnosis lawyers, who will help guide your case and work to ensure you the best outcome possible.
From the very beginning of the process to the end we will be on hand to offer advice and guidance. Our team have experience of working with others that have suffered as a result of medical negligence and could use their considerable skills to help you secure financial compensation too.
The time limit on making a stomach cancer claim
All medical claims are subject to a time limit, including missed stomach cancer diagnosis compensation. Patients that have been affected by poor levels of care in the healthcare system must take their case forward within 3 years from ‘date of knowledge’.
‘Date of knowledge’ refers to when the patient first realised there had been a mistake, in cancer cases this is usually the date on which the cancer was diagnosed. While in some cases it’s easy to pinpoint the ‘date of knowledge’ this isn’t always the case. If you’re unsure about your personal case and how long you have to make a medical claim we can help you.
While you do have 3 years to make a claim in court against those responsible for the suffering you endured and your experience, we recommend that you start the process as soon as possible. This means that the case will be concluded quicker, giving you access to the financial compensation sooner if successful. It can also make investigating your case easier. This is because the details will still be fresh in your mind and documents, such as medical records, will be easier to access if they are more recent.
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.
We know that taking the decision to make a compensation claim can be a scary prospect but, with our support, making a medical claim doesn’t have to be stressful or add pressure during an already challenging time.