The prognosis for thyroid cancer is often very good for patients diagnosed with the disease in the UK and patients generally receive an excellent level of care. However, that doesn’t make a cancer diagnosis any less terrifying for those involved and, unfortunately, a few will find the treatment they receive from the healthcare system is up to the appropriate standard. If you think that you have had poor care whilst you have been suffering from thyroid cancer you may be able to bring a medical negligence claim.
For those that have experienced thyroid cancer misdiagnosis, matters can be made all the worse at what is already a very difficult time. You should be able to rely on those responsible for your care to provide the treatment and advice you need when you have thyroid cancer, if this hasn’t been the case, you may be able to make a missed thyroid cancer diagnosis compensation claim. We know that investigating a claim against you doctors can seem like a daunting prospect but we will help and support you. With the guidance of our specialist medical negligence solicitors we will work to ensure the best possible outcome for your failure to diagnose or delay in diagnosis claim.
Successfully claiming compensation after experiencing misdiagnosis of thyroid cancer won’t undo the harm that it’s already caused but it can help you in the future and could lead to the hospital changing the way that they work so it does not happen to anyone else. If you’re struggling to understand what went wrong and to move forward as a result, a claim could give you the answers you need. Missed thyroid cancer diagnosis compensation can also support you financially if you need to take extra time off work or require further treatment, for example.
The time limit on making a thyroid cancer claim
Late diagnosis of thyroid cancer compensation claims have a time limit on when a patient can bring them forward, like all medical claims. From the ‘date of knowledge’ usually the date of diagnosis you have 3 years to take make a claim. The term ‘date of knowledge’ can make it difficult to understand whether you have a claim that falls within the 3-year period in some cases. It essentially refers to the point that you first realised that you had been misdiagnosed, received a poor level of treatment, or were affected by medical negligence in another way.
For some people, especially if they have been involved in a long and complex case, it can be difficult to work out when the ‘date of knowledge’ occurred. If you’re unsure we can help you pinpoint the beginning of your timeframe and advise you on what your next steps should be if you want to make a compensation for delayed diagnosis claim.
While you do have 3 years to make a claim in Court, we advise that you start the investigation as soon as possible. We know that after a failure to diagnose thyroid cancer you have other worries and priorities on your mind but starting sooner rather than later could help you receive financial compensation that could act as a support as you recover or undergo further treatment. In order to support thyroid cancer misdiagnosis claims our specialist medical negligence solicitors will work on your behalf to gather evidence, such as medical records, and you will need to provide a witness statement. These steps are often easier to complete the quicker the compensation process starts.
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.