Medical Negligence: Cancer and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Misdiagnosis

Medical negligence is a complex area of the law.  It frequently results in severe consequences in which the care you have received from medical professionals has not met the standard that can be reasonably expected. One such situation is the misdiagnosis, or delayed diagnosis, of cancer and other conditions in which successful outcomes become less likely because of a delay in receiving treatment.

If you want to make a claim for yourself or a member of your family, you will need to have all the relevant information relating to your case at hand, including your medical records which may be obtained from the HSE or the treating doctors under the Data Protection Acts.  Contact us at S.T. O’Sullivan & Co Solicitors Ennis Co Clare to discuss your situation.

Medical Negligence: What is Included?

Medical negligence covers many different situations, and the misdiagnosis of cancers is only one example of this. Others include:

•    Errors made during surgical procedures, including cosmetic surgery
•    Infections resulting from poor hygiene in a medical facility
•    Birth defects, including Cerebral Palsy
•    Problems with over or under medicating

This is not an exhaustive list, and you should contact a solicitor to discuss your case if you have questions about a medical procedure you believe to have been negligent.

Can I Claim for Misdiagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?

If a patient has visited their doctor displaying advanced symptoms of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, or another type of cancer, and these symptoms are missed or believed to be the result of another condition so that no referral is made, the patient may be eligible for compensation.

Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is characterised by symptoms that can also relate to other, less serious, conditions and this makes it difficult to diagnose. In order to recover compensation it would be necessary to show that had the diagnosis being made correctly it is likely that the patient would have had a more positive outcome.  Any claim would have to establish that it was not reasonable for a competent doctor to misdiagnose the illness at this stage and that, had the diagnosis been made correctly, there would likely have been a more positive outcome for the patient.

If there has been a significant lapse of time between a misdiagnosis and an eventual correct diagnosis, and this has negatively impacted on the treatment available and the prognosis or life expectancy of the patient, it may result in the doctor who failed to diagnose the condition during initial consultations being held liable on the basis that they did not meet the required standard of care to their patient and acted negligently in not ordering the appropriate medical tests.

Find Expert Solicitors in Ennis, County Clare

If you wish to discuss a medical negligence claim with our experienced team of specialists, contact us at S.T. O’Sullivan & Co Solicitors in Ennis to see how we can help. Simply call into our office in Ennis, Co.Clare, contact us online or call us today on +353 (065) 6820620. We guarantee to call you back to discuss your case within one business day.