By Jo Anderson. Last Updated 3rd October 2023. In this guide, we will examine the process of making bladder cancer compensation claims if you’ve had cancer misdiagnosed as kidney stone, or you’d like to make a misdiagnosis claim for misdiagnosed cancer caused by another act of negligence. If you’re suffering from bladder cancer, this disease can have a severe impact on your quality of life. You might need extensive treatment as a result.
You might be suffering from bladder cancer because you received substandard medical care. For example, you might have had your condition negligently misdiagnosed, or you may not have been treated correctly.
Alternatively, you might have sustained bladder cancer as a result of workplace negligence. For instance, you may have been exposed to something at work that can cause bladder cancer, but your employer didn’t take reasonable steps to protect you.
We can help. If you have been harmed by negligence and your quality of life has been impacted as a result, you could be owed compensation.
Please call our claims helpline on 0800 073 8801 to begin your bladder cancer negligence claim or fill out our claims form. Alternatively, you can continue to read this guide to learn more about claiming compensation for the harm you were caused.
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- Cancer Claims – How Much For Bladder Cancer?
- Other Factors In Estimating Bladder Cancer Compensation Claims
- Medical Negligence During Bladder Cancer Treatment
- How Long Do I Have To Make A Bladder Cancer Claim?
- What Evidence Can Support A Bladder Cancer Compensation Claim
- No Win No Fee Bladder Cancer Compensation Claims
- Essential Reading About Claiming Compensation For Cancer
General damages in a successful cancer claim is compensation for your physical pain along with any mental health injuries that you experienced due to your diagnosis. Each cancer claim is different; therefore, we can only provide guideline amounts.
For this head of your cancer claim, you might be asked to attend an independent medical exam. This allows for a report to be made on how the cancer and treatment has impacted you. In addition, it allows for an assessment of any psychological injuries caused by your diagnosis.
Our table below uses figures from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG), last updated in April 2022. The JCG is a document that lists injuries along with compensation brackets based on previous claims. Legal professionals use the JCG to help value claims. These are only guideline amounts for cancer claims. It should only be used for illustrative purposes.
|Injury And Severity
|About The Injury
|Bladder Injury – (a)
|Up to £184,200
|Bladder injuries where the person has experienced double incontinence, total loss of their natural bowel and urinary functions as well as control of them. There may also be other (medical) complications.
|Bladder Injury – (b)
|Up to £140,660
|Where the person has lost all bladder control and function.
|Bladder Injury – (c)
|£63,980 to £79,930
|Where the person has sufferd serious impairment of their bladder control.
|Bladder Injury – (d)
|£23,410 to £31,310
|Where the person has made an (almost) complete recovery, but where there is still some long-term problems with natural bladder function. Cancer risk cases could still sit in a special category. These cases can be awarded damages towards the top of the settlement range.
|Kidney damage (a)
|£169,400 to £210,400
|Serious, permanent loss or damage to both kidneys
|Kidney damage (b)
|Up to £63,980
|Significant risks of future infections
|Kidney damage (c)
|£30,770 to £44,880
|Loss of a kidney but no damage to the other
|Fear of impending loss of life
Our advisors can provide a personalised estimate of your general damages if you get in touch today.
Special damages are the second potential head of your compensation claim. This head of your claim will cover any expenses or costs that you could have incurred as a result.
Here are some examples of special damages you could claim:
- Medical expenses
- Travel expenses
- Care costs
- Loss of income reimbursement
In order to claim special damages, you will need to provide evidence to support your claim. For example, you could provide receipts that show how much you have spent on travel costs or medication.
When you receive bladder cancer treatment, your doctor and medical team owe you a duty of care. If this duty of care is breached and you’re injured or made ill as a result, this is an example of medical negligence.
For example, you might have sought medical attention for your condition, but your doctor fails to diagnose you based on the symptoms you’re exhibiting. If this causes your condition to get worse than it otherwise could have been if you’d gotten the right care, then this could be an example of medical negligence.
Subsequently, the patient may need a more aggressive form of treatment because of the delay. Or in other cases, the patient may pass away because the doctor caught their cancer too late. You could claim for the death of a loved one if it was caused by negligence.
Bladder cancer medical negligence can also take place during the bladder cancer treatment process. For example, a surgeon may leave tumours in a patient’s bladder lining during surgery, or you may be given the wrong medication to treat your condition. Therefore these tumours may spread over time, putting the patient’s life at risk.
You may be eligible to make a bladder cancer compensation claim if you have been harmed by medical negligence. Please get in touch with us today to get started with your claim.
Misdiagnosed Cancer – Cancer Misdiagnosed As Kidney Stones
In some cases, cancer may be mistaken for kidney stones during a medical assessment because the two conditions share some common symptoms. These could include blood in your urine, fever and severe lower back pain.
According to the NHS website, there are lots of different potential symptoms that could point to you having kidney cancer. These include, as well as the above symptoms, a lump in your side, extreme fatigue, hypertension and unintentional weight loss, for example.
The NHS website explains that those experiencing symptoms such as these should visit their GP.
If you visit the GP to get your symptoms checked, and they don’t refer you for tests when they should have done, assuming you have kidney stones, this could be a mistake.
However, we should mention that not all instances of cancer misdiagnosed as kidney stones could lead to a successful misdiagnosis claim. You must prove that a medical professional provided care that was of a substandard level and caused you avoidable harm. Call us for more information.
If you have valid grounds to claim for the misdiagnosis of cancer of the bladder, then you should be aware that there is a time limit for starting this process. The Limitation Act 1980 sets out that there is generally a three-year time limit for starting a medical negligence claim.
This time limit usually starts from either the date the medical negligence occurred or the date of knowledge. The latter refers to when you obtained knowledge that you suffered avoidable harm because a medical professional breached the duty of care you were owed.
The time limit can work differently under certain circumstances. For example, if a child has been affected by a bladder cancer misdiagnosis, then the time limit will not start until the day they turn 18. A claim could be made on the child’s behalf by a court-appointed litigation friend before this day comes. However, if this does not happen, then the affected party will have three years to start their own claim once they reach their 18th birthday.
If a party harmed by medical negligence lacks the mental capacity to start their own claim, then the time limit is suspended indefinitely. A litigation friend could claim on behalf of this party. However, if this doesn’t occur, and the individual harmed by medical negligence later recovers their mental capacity, then the time limit will start for them on the day of recovery.
If you have any questions on your eligibility to claim for the misdiagnosis of bladder cancer, then please contact our team of advisors online or on the phone today.
If you are eligible to make a bladder cancer compensation claim, you will need evidence. Collecting sufficient evidence could help prove that a medical professional breached their duty of care, and as a result, you suffered unnecessary harm.
Some examples of the evidence you could collect include:
- Medical evidence showing any details of appointments you’ve attended, scans or X-rays you’ve had and any other treatment you’ve received.
- Any correspondence between you and the medical service provider relating to your treatment, such as letters of complaint, for example.
- Details of anyone who was present at appointments, and could provide a statement at a later date.
- Documents showing any costs and losses you’ve sustained due to the avoidable harm you’ve suffered, such as loss of earnings, medical costs and travel expenses, for example,
If you would like to learn more about the evidence that could be used for a bladder cancer claim, one of our advisors would be able to help you. They could also check your eligibility to work with one of our No Win No Fee solicitors.
Accident Claims UK can give you the option to make a claim on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that:
- Your solicitor won’t ask you for upfront or ongoing payment to work on your case
- If your claim isn’t successful, they won’t ask you to pay them at all.
- If you win your claim, you’ll pay them a legally capped success fee from your compensation.
You can learn more about the benefits of making a claim for cancer compensation on a No Win No Fee basis by speaking to a member of our team. If your claim is valid, you could be connected with a solicitor to work on your case.
To begin your claim for bladder cancer compensation, please contact us using the details below.
- Use the pop-up widget to ask us a question directly.
- Call us on 0800 073 8801.
- Or fill out our online claims form to tell us about your case in writing.
We hope this guide to bladder cancer compensation claims has been helpful. You may also benefit from this further reading:
Undiagnosed throat cancer claims
Claiming compensation against the NHS
A Macmillan Cancer Support guide for people with bladder cancer
An NHS guide to symptoms of cancer
Advice for quitting smoking from the NHS
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