How Much Could Bladder Cancer Compensation Claims Be Worth?

In this guide, we will examine the process of making bladder cancer compensation claims. If you’re suffering from bladder cancer, this disease can cause 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.

How much compensation for bladder cancer guide

How much compensation for bladder cancer guide

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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A Guide On How Much Bladder Cancer Compensation Claims Are Worth

In this guide, we will begin by looking at exactly what bladder cancer is and the effect it can have on you. We’ll also examine the symptoms that you might exhibit if you have this condition.

Furthermore, we will look at what might cause bladder cancer to develop. We’ll also examine what industries might be more likely than others to cause bladder cancer to develop.

In addition to this, we will examine the types of bladder cancer tumours that could affect you, alongside the grading system that is used in this kind of illness. We’ll also examine how doctors treat this kind of cancer.

You may be wondering how much compensation you could be owed as part of your claim. We will examine the different kinds of damages that could be awarded to you if your claim is successful.

Accident Claims UK can handle your compensation claim for bladder cancer. We will assess your claim in-depth to make sure that you receive the right amount of compensation.

What’s more, we can handle your claim on a No Win No Fee basis. We’ll explain what this means further on in this guide.

To begin your bladder cancer compensation claim, please get in touch with Accident Claims today. Our advisors are happy to answer any questions you may have about the claims process.

What Is Bladder Cancer?

Bladder cancer is a medical condition that can be fatal. Bladder cancer begins when a cancerous growth known as a tumour develops on the lining of the bladder. The longer the bladder cancer is left untreated, the worse the patient’s condition can get.

Doctors define bladder cancer by how far the cancer has progressed. Below are the different types of bladder cancer:

  • Early bladder cancer: The cancer is contained within the bladder’s lining. Doctors also refer to this type of cancer as non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer.
  • Invasive bladder cancer: The cancerous cells spread inwards to the muscles of the bladder. The medical community also calls invasive bladder cancer “muscle-invasive bladder cancer”.
  • Advanced bladder cancer: Cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Medical practitioners also refer to this type of cancer as metastatic bladder cancer.

Symptoms And Signs Of Bladder Cancer

The most common sign of bladder cancer, according to the NHS, is blood in your urine. Having blood in your urine is normally painless and can indicate a number of different health conditions. However, you should always seek medical attention to make sure you get the treatment you need.

Here are some other bladder cancer symptoms:

  • A sharp burning pain when you urinate.
  • Needing to urinate more frequently than normal.
  • The need to urinate comes on suddenly.

Advanced bladder cancer may cause symptoms such as:

  • Sharp pain in the pelvis and bone pain.
  • Losing weight unintentionally.
  • Swelling in the legs.

Causes Of Bladder Cancer

Doctors do not always know what causes bladder cancer. However, patients can develop bladder cancer because of exposure to carcinogenic chemicals (cancer-causing chemicals).

Below, we have looked at some of the factors that could increase your risk of developing bladder cancer.

Smoking

Smoking is the biggest risk factor for developing bladder cancer. Smokers are at risk of developing bladder cancer because tobacco products such as cigarettes contain carcinogenic chemicals.

According to the NHS, smoking causes an estimated one-third of bladder cancer cases. What’s more, people who smoke are four times more likely to develop bladder cancer than people who don’t.

If you smoke, harmful chemicals can be absorbed from the smoke into your bloodstream. The kidneys filter these chemicals, which then pass into your urine. Consequently, the bladder can be routinely exposed to harmful chemicals over a long period. The carcinogenic chemicals can mutate the bladder lining, which may lead to cancer.

Chemicals

Occupational cancer is a type of cancer that has been caused by exposure to cancer-causing chemicals at work. Here are some examples of chemicals that can increase the risk of bladder cancer:

  • 2-Naphthylamine
  • 4-Aminobiphenyl
  • Aniline dyes
  • Xenylamine
  • Benzidine
  • O-toluidine

Today, there are strict regulations regarding the use and control of carcinogenic chemicals in the workplace. However, you could experience bladder cancer up to thirty years after being exposed to hazardous chemicals.

If you have developed cancers as a result of your employer’s negligence, you may be able to make a personal injury claim. Speak to a member of our team today to find out more.

Industries More At Risk Of Contracting Bladder Cancer

The following industries use chemicals that can cause bladder cancer:

  • Chemical manufacturing
  • Painting and decorating
  • Petrochemical industry
  • Printing
  • Construction
  • The rubber industry
  • The leather industry
  • Hairdresser
  • Haulage
  • Printing
  • Mining

When you are at work, your employer owes you a duty of care. A duty of care means that the employer is responsible for ensuring your health and safety as much as practicable. If you work in an industry where you’re at risk of occupational cancer, your employer is responsible for protecting you from exposure to harmful chemicals.

If you have developed bladder cancer because your employer failed in their duty of care towards you, you may be eligible to claim compensation. Please call Accident Claims UK’s helpline today to begin your bladder cancer compensation claim.

Types Of Bladder Cancer Tumour

We will now look at the different types of bladder cancer tumours that can develop:

Papillary Tumours

A bladder cancer papillary tumour is a growth that is attached to the bladder lining by a stalk. A papillary tumour is often described as looking like a mushroom. They are the less invasive sort of bladder cancer tumour.

Non-Papillary Tumour

A non-papillary tumour is a flat growth that is attached to the lining of the bladder. Unfortunately, non-papillary tumours are more invasive. It is easier for a non-papillary tumour to spread to the muscles of the bladder or to other organs.

What Is The Grading System For Bladder Cancer?

There is a grading system for bladder cancer tumours. The grading system is called the TNM staging system. This stands for tumours, nodes and metastases.

Below are the stages of the TNM urinary bladder cancer staging system:

  • CIS: At the earliest stages of bladder cancer, the cancerous tumours are confined to the innermost layer of the lining.
  • Ta: The cancer is still confined to the bladder lining and has not spread.
  • T1: Bladder cancer has begun to grow into the connective tissue beyond the bladder lining.
  • T2: The cancer of the bladder has spread to the bladder muscle through the connective tissue.
  • T3: The cancer of the bladder has spread through the bladder muscle and to the layers of fat that surround it.
  • T4: The cancerous cells have spread to other tissues and organs. This can be referred to as “metastasis”.

The Stages Of Bladder Cancer

These are the stages of early bladder cancer:

  • Urothelial papilloma: A benign tumour on the lining of the bladder.
  • Papillary urothelial neoplasm of low malignant potential (PUNLMP): A PUNLMP is a slow-growing tumour unlikely to spread (metastasise).
  • Low-grade papillary urothelial carcinoma: A slow-growing bladder cancer tumour that is unlikely to spread.
  • High-grade papillary urothelial carcinoma: a bladder tumour that grows more quickly.

If you have bladder cancer, you need bladder cancer treatment. Please visit your doctor immediately if you are experiencing symptoms of bladder cancer. Finding the condition early means that you could be more likely to make a full recovery.

How Do Doctors Treat Bladder Cancer?

When you seek treatment for bladder cancer, the kind of treatment you undergo will usually be dictated by how advanced the cancer is. For instance, the treatment you need to undergo might differ if you’re suffering from early-stage bladder cancer as opposed to muscle-invasive bladder cancer, according to the NHS.

Healthcare providers will usually treat treatment for early-stage bladder cancer with transurethral resection of a bladder tumour (TURBT). In this, the surgeon will remove the tumours from the bladder lining.

After that, the surgeon will seal the wounds with a mild electric current. The medical team will give the patient a single dose of chemotherapy to stop the cancer from returning.

Moderate to late-stage cancers are often diagnosed with a CT scan or an MRI scan. Doctors will normally treat moderate bladder cancer with a course of chemotherapy.

If you have late-term bladder cancer, their doctors may remove your bladder surgically. Following the operation, the patient may receive a course of physiotherapy or radiotherapy.

Medical Negligence

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.

Does Being A Smoker Complicate Your Claim?

As we have mentioned, smoking can be a cause of bladder cancer. Despite this, smokers can still make bladder cancer compensation claims.

However, they can only claim compensation when evidence proves that another party’s negligence caused their cancer. For instance, you would need to prove that exposure to harmful substances at work caused your bladder cancer and not your smoking. Your solicitor will need to present medical evidence to prove that is the case.

If you are a smoker, please call our claims helpline today. Our advisors assess your case and determine whether or not you can claim bladder cancer compensation.

Bladder Cancer Compensation Claims

You can use the table below to estimate how much cancer of the bladder compensation you can claim. This covers the general damages head of your claim. This is the part of your compensation that covers the pain and suffering that your injury or illness has caused.

Injury And SeverityPayoutAbout The Injury
Bladder Injury - (a)Up to £172,860Bladder 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 £132,040Where the person has lost all bladder control and function.
Bladder Injury - (c)£60,050 to £75,010Where the person has sufferd serious impairment of their bladder control.
Bladder Injury - (d)£21,970 to £29,380Where 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.

The compensation amounts included in this table are based on guidelines from the Judicial College. These are just guidelines and not guaranteed amounts.

In order to value this head of your claim, you will be asked to attend a medical assessment. This is where an independent medical expert will assess the severity of your injuries and confirm that they’re consistent with the accident you were involved in. They’ll put their findings in a report which will then be used to value your claim.

Other Factors In Estimating Bladder Cancer Compensation Claims

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.

No Win No Fee Bladder Cancer Compensation Claims

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.

Start Your Bladder Cancer Claim

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.

Essential Reading About Claiming Compensation For Cancer

We hope this guide to bladder cancer compensation claims has been helpful. You may also benefit from this further reading:

Delayed diagnosis of breast cancer claims

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

Other Useful Guides

Bladder Cancer Statistics

Let’s look at some statistics from Cancer Research UK about rates of bladder cancer survival:

  • 46.3% of people with bladder cancer survive the disease for ten years or more.
  • 48.3% of males survive bladder cancer for ten years or more. 41% of females survive after diagnosis for this long.
  • In the last 40 years, bladder cancer survival rates have improved dramatically from 30% to 50%.

FAQs On Bladder Cancer Compensation Claims

We will now answer some common questions about making bladder cancer compensation claims.

What cancers are associated with bladder cancer?

Secondary cancers after bladder cancer can affect the pelvic wall, the abdominal wall or rectum. Women can experience cancer of the uterus or vagina, and men can experience prostate cancer.

What is the outlook with bladder cancer?

Your chances of surviving bladder cancer depend on how advanced your type of cancer is. The earlier your cancer is caught, the greater your chance of survival.

Thank you for reading our guide to bladder cancer compensation claims.

Guide by HC

Edited by FS