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Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims

A misdiagnosis of cancer, or late diagnosis, can have an enormous impact on your health and well-being. When doctors or medical practitioners make mistakes, or your symptoms are diagnosed too late, it can make it much harder to treat the condition. In some cases, the cancer might have become inoperable within the timeframe where it had been originally misdiagnosed.

Cancer misdiagnosis

Helpful Information

Our expert team of medical negligence solicitors have many years of experience in assisting patients with bringing cancer misdiagnosis claims, including late diagnosis of lung, bladder, bowel, liver, stomach, prostate and breast cancer. Being diagnosed with cancer is devastating for you and your family and is made even harder if a treatable illness has been misdiagnosed or diagnosed too late.

Our team of solicitors will work closely with you to help you to establish if you have the grounds for a successful claim and to secure the money that may be entitled to that might help to make things a little easier for you through this challenging period if you do. We will also work on your behalf to get to the bottom of what happened to you and to seek redress from the medical staff involved in your case.

Bringing a cancer misdiagnosis compensation claim

Dealing with the diagnosis of a serious illness is stressful enough without there being any impropriety on the part of the healthcare provider. However, mistakes can and do often happen, so it is important to work with a specialist in this area if you think you have a basis to bring a claim.

By choosing to work with McCarthy + Co, you can rest assured that we will handle your case sensitively and thoroughly – ensuring that all the complexities of the legal process are taken care of for you so that you can focus on your health and your family.

Our main aim is to secure you a settlement which will help to pay for your care requirements. This includes:

  • Specialist medical treatment costs – for example, private doctor or surgeon fees
  • Rehabilitation costs – enabling you to join cancer rehabilitation programs
  • Loss of earnings – we will help you to recoup the losses incurred due to being misdiagnosed
  • Expenses – we will work on your behalf to secure adequate compensation for any costs incurred throughout your treatment, such as travel expenses

Our medical negligence team have over 30 years’ experience in winning cancer misdiagnosis cases. Starting the process of bringing a claim is easy and just involves you calling us for an informal chat or leaving a message using one of our online forms, and we will get back to you. We treat all cases with equal respect and the utmost concern for patient confidentiality.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Some of the questions often posed to our medical negligence team.

  • What effects can cancer misdiagnosis have for patients?

    Cancer misdiagnosis can lead to devastating consequences for patients, including delayed or inappropriate treatment, unnecessary exposure to harmful procedures, increased psychological distress, and reduced chances of survival. Patients may undergo aggressive treatments for cancers they do not have, or conversely, receive insufficient treatment for their actual condition, allowing the disease to progress unchecked. The emotional impact of a misdiagnosis can lead to a loss of trust in the healthcare system, exacerbating stress and anxiety during an already difficult time.

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  • Is it possible to claim compensation in all these circumstances?

    It is possible to bring a claim if it can be demonstrated that the misdiagnosis resulted from medical negligence - meaning the care provided fell below the standard expected of a competent healthcare professional, leading to harm or injury. The claim must establish that the misdiagnosis directly caused additional harm beyond the original health issue. However, not all cases of misdiagnosis meet these criteria for compensation. You will need to consult with an experienced medical negligence solicitor for further guidance.

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  • What compensation might I receive if my claim is successful?

    If your claim is successful, you might receive compensation for physical and psychological harm, loss of earnings, future loss of earnings, additional medical treatment costs, care and support needs, and other expenses incurred due to the misdiagnosis. The amount varies, reflecting the extent of the harm and financial losses experienced. Each case is assessed individually to ensure the compensation is fair and proportionate to the impact of the misdiagnosis.

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  • In what scenarios might a claim be unsuccessful?

    A claim might be unsuccessful if it fails to prove that the misdiagnosis was due to medical negligence, meaning the healthcare provider's actions were in line with accepted medical practices. If there's evidence that the misdiagnosis did not cause additional harm or financial loss, or if the claim is made outside the legal time limits for pursuing such cases, it may also be unsuccessful. Each case's specifics critically influence the outcome.

Get assistance starting your cancer misdiagnosis claim

If you or a member of your family have received an incorrect diagnosis of cancer, get in touch with our specialist medical negligence solicitors today to make a start on your claim or gather more information. Call us on 1800 390 555 and an experienced member of staff will discuss your situation and potential next steps. You can also email on and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Medical Negligence Team at McCarthy + Co

About McCarthy + Co

With more than 30 years of experience in dealing with medical negligence claims, McCarthy + Co. has expertise in a wide variety of fields including cancer misdiagnosis and late diagnosis. We are a family-run business, and we pride ourselves on offering honest, impartial and helpful advice.

Our offices are based in Dublin and Cork, but we work with clients throughout Ireland in locations ranging from Galway to Waterford. You can count on us for legal advice, guidance and assistance on any form of personal injury.

Types of Cancer Claims

Over the years, our medical negligence team have handled cases relating to many different types of cancers. We have put together some resources which you may find helpful in dealing with your current situation. Please follow the relevant link below or contact us for further advice if you cannot see the condition that is relevant to your situation. N.B. We are currently in the process of updating this section of our website. If you do not see a resource that it is relevant to your situation in the list above, please contact us by phone or email for advice.

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We are a multi-award winning firm, accredited by the Law Society of Ireland.

Irish Law Awards 2022 - Winner of Excellence & Innovation in Client Services
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Flor McCarthy

Flor McCarthy

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wears multiple hats, not only as the managing partner of one of Ireland’s leading law firms, but also as an author, speaker and an acknowledged expert in client service, innovation and marketing.

Beginning his academic journey at UCC, Flor furthered his education with a master’s degree in law from UCD. After gaining valuable experience as a solicitor in Dublin, the allure of home and the family brought him back to West Cork to contribute his expertise to the family business.
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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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is a seasoned solicitor with almost 20 years of experience, specialises in personal injury and medical negligence claims, focusing particularly on high-value compensation cases. His extensive litigation experience spans Circuit Court, High Court and Supreme Court levels.

John's practice involves a diverse range of cases, from personal injury and wrongful death to property damage, defective products, professional negligence and judicial reviews.
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