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Delay in Cancer Diagnosis

Specialist advice for compensation claims

What is involved?

The diagnosis of cancer is always a devastating time for both the patient and their family. However, the news can be even more distressing if there has been a delay in the diagnosis of a patient’s illness.

The delay in cancer diagnosis can be caused by a GP failing to refer a patient to hospital for investigation, or a hospital can be at fault by failing to carry out appropriate tests, follow up test results or correctly report x-rays and scans. A late diagnosis of cancer can mean that a person’s prospects of recovery are reduced, or the treatment that they need is more extensive than if their condition had been recognised sooner.

Why choose Freeths?

  • Your needs are put first – we can visit you at home or in hospital if that is more convenient
  • Our Clinical Negligence team are highly regarded by Chambers and The Legal 500 guides
  • You can trust our lawyers to be sensitive, empathetic and considerate to you and your family
  • We offer FREE initial telephone advice, a FREE first interview, and advice on funding your claim

Call us now to see how we can help you with your medical negligence claim.

We have considerable experience in dealing with medical negligence claims arising from delay in diagnosis of cancer.

These include achieving compensation for bone cancer, brain tumour, bowel/colorectal cancer, breast cancer, liver cancer, lung cancer, oral/mouth cancer, testicular cancer and spinal tumour. Whether your illness has worsened due to incorrect treatment, or your GP has failed to refer you for further investigation – our combined expertise means you’re in good hands.

We have handled many cancer compensation claims and understand the added emotional strain of a late diagnosis.

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"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your team for the professionalism and dedication you have all shown....Your perseverance...has been incredible."


"The firm is very organised and has great communication skills."


"Very good-quality work and high-value work; they get a lot of work locally and nationwide. Their client service is superb."

(Chambers & Partners, 2016)


"The lawyers take an incredibly thorough approach to every case."


"The go-to firm for all clinical negligence claims."

(The Legal 500, 2015)


"Remains highly visible in the market. Her workload includes cases of maximum severity including brain and spinal injuries as well as misdiagnoses of cancer."

Notable Work

  • Represented the family of a wife and mother who died as a result of incorrect treatment of cancer. Compensation of £400,000 was obtained.
  • Achieved a settlement of £250,000 in a claim arising from delay in diagnosis of lung cancer. The deceased was survived by her two children.
  • A claimant who suffered delay in diagnosis of breast cancer after her GP failed to refer her for further investigation after she reported a change in breast shape. Compensation of £27,000 was achieved.

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‘Doing the right thing’ is at the heart of Freeths. Find out more about our excellent client service and the strong set of values that guide the way we work.

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Freeths are a leading national law firm with 13 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?

Contact: 03301 001 014

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