Delayed and Misdiagnosis of Multiple Myeloma

Delayed Diagnosis and Misdiagnosis of Multiple Myeloma

If you have received a delayed diagnosis, or a misdiagnosis, for multiple myeloma, IBB Claims can work alongside you to pursue a claim for multiple myeloma compensation.

If you have multiple myeloma, it is vital that you receive an accurate and timely diagnosis so you can be referred to a specialist and begin your course of treatment. However, if your condition is not promptly diagnosed, or your symptoms are misdiagnosed, the consequences may be devastating – both for yourself and your loved ones.

Compensation for a delayed diagnosis or missed diagnosis of multiple myeloma could be used to help deal with the emotional fallout of such a traumatic experience, as well as helping to replace any lost income from your inability to work, or to pay for private healthcare to improve your condition.

IBB Claims’ Medical Negligence team are experts in a wide range of claims, including cancer claims. We are able to provide a free initial consultation to discuss your claim and how we can help. Our team has a track record of success, frequently securing out of court settlements for even the most contentious matters, thereby avoiding the need to go to court.

No win no fee funding is available if you choose to pursue a multiple myeloma claim with our team, which means there is no upfront cost.

You will normally need to start a multiple myeloma claim within three years of diagnosis, although certain circumstances may dictate that you have longer (see multiple myeloma claims time limits). We recommend getting in touch with us as soon as possible so you do not risk missing your opportunity to make a claim.

To arrange a free initial discussion on starting a multiple myeloma compensation claim, please call us on 0333 123 9099, email enquiries@ibbclaims.co.uk or request a call back.

How to start a multiple myeloma compensation claim

The first step is to clarify whether you are likely to have grounds to make a claim for compensation. To help you with this we offer a free, no obligation initial discussion with a member of our expert medical negligence solicitors to discuss your circumstances and provide you with all the information you need to decide whether to pursue a claim.

This consultation will cover:

  • Whether you are likely to be owed compensation for delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of multiple myeloma
  • The amount of compensation you may be entitled to
  • How the claims process works
  • Any other questions you would like answered

To arrange your free consultation on starting a multiple myeloma compensation claim, please call us on <add click to call number>, email enquiries@ibbclaims.co.uk or request a call back.

Our no win no fee multiple myeloma claims service

We want to make sure that our claims service is accessible for all of our clients. To help achieve this, we offer no win, no fee funding. You may have also heard this referred to as a ‘conditional fee agreement’.

With a conditional fee agreement, you do not need to pay anything to get your claim underway. Legal fees are only payable if we succeed in claiming compensation for you. If we are unsuccessful, there is no cost to you.

Making a no win, no fee multiple myeloma claim removes the need for you to find the money to cover our fees, as well as reducing the potential financial risk that sometimes comes with making a claim.

As an alternative to no win, no fee, we will discuss the availability of legal expenses insurance, to cover legal costs.

Unfortunately, legal aid for medical negligence claims was taken away by the government many years ago. Fortunately, no win, no fee funding fills the gap.

Multiple myeloma claims time limits

The standard time limit for any type of medical negligence claim, including multiple myeloma claims, is three years. This is counted from the ‘date of knowledge’, where you were made aware of the issue and that medical negligence occurred.

There may be certain exceptions to this. This may include where:

  • The claimant is under 18 – the date of knowledge is applied from their 18th birthday, giving a final claims deadline of their 21st birthday.
  • The claimant lacks mental capacity – there is no time limit for someone else to make a claim on their behalf, unless the claimant later regains capacity (in which case, the three-year time limit would be counted from the date this occurs).
  • The claimant has died – the claimant’s loved ones will usually have three years from the date of death to make a claim.

Find out more about time limits for medical negligence claims.

Multiple myeloma claims

Our Medical Negligence team has a  track record of success in securing compensation for our clients following delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis.  We understand  how emotional it can be to learn that avoidable mistakes were made while you were being treated for such a serious condition. We use our broad range of expertise to support you every way we can.

IBB Law is highly ranked by leading client guides the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, while medical negligence specialist Simon Pimlott has been Independently recognised for his expertise. Sources say: "He has an empathetic manner which clients find reassuring."   Simon Pimlott has 'a real eye for detail and works incredibly hard to get the best result for each client'.

Our team are highly skilled in alternative dispute resolution, which means we can give you the best possible chance of securing compensation without the need for court proceedings. That being said, if court action is unavoidable, we have the experience and robust litigation skills to secure the compensation you deserve.

Multiple Myeloma Negligence Claims FAQs

What are the consequences of a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of multiple myeloma?

While multiple myeloma cannot usually be cured, effective and timely treatment can help to control symptoms and significantly improve someone’s quality of life. It can also reduce the amount of additional treatment that is required to prevent a relapse.

Delaying the diagnosis of multiple myeloma, or misdiagnosing it altogether, may see someone fail to receive treatment which would reduce painful symptoms such as bone fractures, spinal cord compression and infections, reducing their overall quality of life. In the worst case scenarios, it could also lead to someone’s untimely death.

Is multiple myeloma difficult to diagnose?

Unfortunately, multiple myeloma can be rather difficult to diagnose, particularly during the early stages. Multiple myeloma may not cause any obvious symptoms at first, which means it can be difficult to pick up, or can be mistaken for other less serious conditions.

However, if certain routine health tests are carried out, it can be quickly identified, even if a patient is not demonstrating any symptoms. This could be via a routine blood test or urine test.

How much compensation can you get for misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of multiple myeloma?

The level of compensation you may be able to claim for delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of multiple myeloma will depend on the impact on your life and wellbeing, both physically and mentally.

Examples of things you may be able to claim for include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of amenity (being unable to enjoy the activities you previously could)
  • Loss of income
  • Private medical treatment costs

How long does it take to claim multiple myeloma negligence compensation?

There is no set timescale associated with medical negligence claims, including multiple myeloma claims. You can typically expect a claim to take around about 2 years to resolve, but this is not always the case.

Claims will generally proceed much faster if an out of court settlement can be negotiated.

Will compensation affect my welfare benefits?

Any compensation you are awarded for a multiple myeloma claim may be counted as part of your assets for the purpose of means testing in relation to welfare benefits.

This issue could be avoided by placing compensation into a personal injury trust. This is something we can discuss further with you.

Find out more about personal injury trusts.

Get in touch with our expert multiple myeloma negligence solicitors today

To arrange your free consultation on starting a multiple myeloma compensation claim, please call us on 0333 123 9099, email enquiries@ibbclaims.co.uk or request a call back.

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