Delayed and Inappropriate Treatment

One in three people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, with 325,000 people diagnosed in 2010. There are over 200 types of cancer, the most common being breast, lung, bowel and prostate.

Survival rates are improving, with half of patients surviving at least five years from the date of their diagnosis. This is partly due to improved forms of treatment but to earlier diagnosis though screening programmes and public health education has been a major factor.

Unfortunately there are occasions when diagnosis is missed, delayed or wrongly identified as a different condition. In these types of cases the patient may suffer harm because of the lack of timely intervention or even because of inappropriate treatment. If this can be proved it may be possible to bring a medical negligence claim.

We understand how difficult it can be coming to terms with a diagnosis of cancer. For many years we have provided legal help and support for clients who’s condition and prognosis has been affected by a delay in diagnosis.

Types of cancer which are commonly misdiagnosed include:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Colon Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Skin Cancer
  • Lung Cancer

Supporting families coming to terms with medical negligence issues such as these can test even the most experienced solicitors.

If you or a loved one suffered harm because of diagnosis problems you may feel isolated.

Contact the medical negligence team as soon as possible for compassionate and confidential legal advice, either by phone on 0113 284 5000 or email via

  • Recent case study

    We recently acted on behalf of the widow of a 70 year old man whose diagnosis of lung cancer was delayed due to an error by a radiologist.

    Mr B underwent a chest x-ray as he had been suffering from a cough for a number of years. He was told that the x-ray was clear. 18 months later he underwent a further chest x-ray which showed an abnormality and lung cancer was diagnosed. Unfortunately it had spread to his lymph nodes and he died within a few months. We obtained evidence from a radiologist who confirmed that the first x-ray had been misreported leading to a delay in diagnosis.

Liability was admitted and a negotiated settlement reached.

To contact the team for advice on making a medical negligence claim for diagnosis and treatment errors, contact us on 0113 2845000 or

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