Being diagnosed with bladder cancer is very distressing and it will certainly take you time to digest what the doctor has told you and to prepare yourself to decide what treatment you would like to pursue. But if your bladder cancer has been missed and not diagnosed for some time, you will have the added worry and stress that some of the treatments available to you before, may now not be an option.
We do understand how difficult and upsetting it is to have your diagnosis for bladder cancer missed and that you may be in pain, angry and upset. We can help you to decide if you would like to pursue a claim for medical negligence to help you come to terms with what has happened.
About bladder cancer
Bladder cancer is a relatively common cancer in men and women. Bladder cancer is where a growth of abnormal tissue, known as a tumour, develops in the lining of the bladder.
The symptoms of bladder cancer are:
• The need to urinate more frequently than normal
• Blood in urine (haematuria)
• Pain in pelvic area
• Nocturia - in other words the need to get up in the night to urinate
These symptoms can indicate many other infections and illnesses which is why bladder cancer is sometimes not picked up when it should be. This is not an excuse however, and certainly people who present with repeated urinary infection and haematuria and who are aged over 40 should be urgently referred to a Urologist. The Urologist should then arrange for an ultrasound scan and/or cystoscopy (ie an examination of the bladder using a cystoscope) to be carried out.
Our medical negligence team have successfully won compensation for people like you. We will discuss your situation with you and look at your diagnosis and treatment in detail before we advise you about your legal position. Detailed chronology is vital when dealing with a failure to diagnose bladder cancer, or indeed any form of cancer.
What will it cost to make a claim?
We know that people can be put off by the idea of making a claim for medical negligence because of the thought of the cost.
We will offer you a free consultation to look at the facts of your case and advise you if we can help you to make a claim. This also gives you the opportunity to see if you are happy for us to represent you. There is no obligation to take your claim any further.
If you do decide to go ahead with the claim we can talk to you about all of the funding options, including no win, no fee. We will make sure that you understand all of these possibilities and we will also offer you advice on what option we think is most suitable for you.