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Cancer Misdiagnosis Compensation Claims

More than 350,000 people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK, while more than 160,000 people die each year from the disease. For those living with cancer and the families of those who have died, the disease can be devastating.

The impact can be made even more difficult to deal with where cancer has been caused by negligence, such as through exposure to asbestos at work, or where there has been a delay in diagnosis, or has been treated negligently, resulting in long-term health consequences or death that could have been avoided.

In such cases, claiming compensation can often be the only way to get the help and support you and your family need to deal with the effects of cancer. Compensation for cancer may be used to pay for private treatment and ongoing care support, replace lost income and to provide redress for some of the pain and suffering you have experienced.

Cancer compensation claims can be highly valuable, but they also tend to be complicated and contentious, with those responsible often reluctant to admit responsibility or offer an appropriate settlement. It is therefore vitally important to have an experienced legal team in your corner, ready to get you the settlement you deserve.

IBB Claims personal injury lawyers have the specific experience with all types of cancer compensation claims needed to make sure your claim is handled the right way from the outset.

We can provide compassionate, highly practical advice and support every step of the way through the claims process, giving you the best chance of securing appropriate compensation for the harm you have suffered.

We offer a free initial consultation for all clinical negligence claims so we can get a clear understanding of your situation and give an honest assessment of whether we believe you have a claim worth pursuing.

Where we believe your claim justifies further investigation, we are usually able to offer a no-win no-fee agreement, meaning there is normally no upfront cost to start a cancer negligence claim with IBB.  

To start a cancer compensation claim, call us today on 0333 123 9099. Alternatively, you can email us at or use the contact form on the right to request a callback.


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Our expertise in cancer negligence claims

Our clinical negligence lawyers help people all over England and Wales to claim compensation for all types of cancer negligence.

We are able to secure substantial compensation for our clients in relation to issues such as:

  • Cancer misdiagnosis
  • Delayed diagnosis of cancer
  • Negligent treatment of hydrocephalus and other secondary conditions related to cancer
  • Surgical errors during a mastectomy, amputation or other surgical interventions
  • Mesothelioma and other workplace-related cancers

To find out more about our specific expertise relevant to your situation, please get in touch.

How we handle cancer compensation claims

Dealing with the impact of cancer is challenging enough, so we appreciate that most people would prefer to avoid the added stress and uncertainty of court action when pursuing compensation.

Fortunately, this is rarely necessary as we are able to resolve the overwhelming majority of cases out of court, using negotiation and alternative dispute resolution. This means taking a non-confrontational approach, where a settlement is agreed voluntarily with the responsible person or organisation, allowing you to avoid a court hearing.

As well as being less stressful, this also normally means compensation can be secured faster and with lower legal expenses, allowing you to get a fair result and move on with your life sooner.

That said, our team are also highly experienced with pursuing cancer compensation claims through the courts, so where this is the best or only option to secure a suitable settlement, we have the expertise you need. We also have strong links with specialist barristers and other professionals, meaning we can call on all the necessary skills and knowledge to give you help and get the best available outcome.

We are accredited by the Law Society for Personal Injury Law reflecting our expertise in this area.

Our team has also been recognised by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500, the two leading client guides to the legal profession, for our exceptional skill in handling clinical negligence claims.

Our no win no fee cancer compensation claims service

The potential cost of pursuing cancer compensation can seem intimidating, but for our clients this need not be a concern. This is because we offer no win, no fee cancer compensation claims, meaning there is no upfront cost to start a claim.

More properly called ‘conditional fee agreements’, this type of funding deal means that you only contribute towards your legal fees if your claim succeeds in securing compensation. As a result, there is no financial risk to starting a cancer compensation claim with IBB.

We make the likely cost of a claim clear at the outset, with our fees being based on a percentage of part of any settlement won. This means you will always know what to expect and never need worry about your legal costs outweighing the value of your claim.

When can you claim compensation for cancer?

To be eligible to claim compensation for cancer, you need to show that one of either two scenarios applies:

  1. That your cancer was caused by negligence on the part of someone else e.g. your employer or former employer failing to take proper precautions to protect you from exposure to asbestos.
  2. That the treatment you received for your cancer fell below medically acceptable standards, resulting in a worse outcome that could have been achieved with competent care.

In both cases, you will need to be able to prove that negligence occurred by providing evidence to back up your claim.

How can you prove your cancer was treated negligently?

A standard of proof is needed to show your cancer was treated negligently and that this has had resulted in a worse outcome for your health and lifestyle.

Our medical negligence lawyers will rely on various types of evidence to build your claim, including:

  • Your medical records
  • Witness testimony
  • Evidence from independent oncology experts

Making sure the right evidence is uncovered and that this is then presented effectively requires a high level of skill and experience. This is why we strongly recommend working with medical negligence lawyers with specific expertise in cancer compensation claims – something our team can offer.

How much is a cancer compensation claim worth?

Exactly how much a claim is worth will depend on various factors, including how serious the impact on your health has been, what effect this has on your life and any specific financial losses you have incurred as a result.

Compensation for cancer negligence is usually split into two types of damages:

Financial Losses and Expenses – For specific financial losses.  This includes things such as paying for private treatment and care, as well as lost income due to having to take time off work and not able to return to work, or not able to command the same level of income enjoyed before the accident.

General Compensation – For non-financial losses, such as pain, suffering and lifestyle changes.  

Our cancer negligence solicitors can provide an estimate of the likely value of your claim, giving you a clear indication of how much compensation you may be able to secure.

Time limits for cancer negligence claims

You normally have 3 years to bring a claim for negligent treatment of cancer, with this time limit being counted either from when the negligence occurred or when you found out about it.

However, you may sometimes have longer to make a claim, especially if you are doing so on behalf of someone else.

Situations where the time limit for a cancer compensation claim may be different from the standard 3 years include:

If the claimant is under 18 – Their parents or guardians can make a claim up until the claimant’s 18th birthday. The claimant can then bring their own claim up until their 21st birthday.

If the claimant lacks the mental capacity to bring a claim – There is no time limit for someone else to make a claim for them.

If you need to make a claim on behalf of someone who has died – The representative of their estate will usually have 3 years from the date of death to bring a claim.

Get in touch with our expert cancer claims solicitors today

To arrange your free consultation on starting a cancer negligence compensation claim, please call us on 0333 323 1640, email us at or use the contact form on the right to request a call back.

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