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Cancer Late Diagnosis and Compensation

Cancer Late Diagnosis and Compensation

Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer. (1) Whether its breast, prostate, lung, skin or bowel cancer, the diagnosis is usually the first step to preparing your mind and body to fight the disease. For patients who have received a late cancer diagnosis, the chances of survival are often significantly lower than those who detect the disease early.

The standard wait to diagnose cancer is two weeks in the UK, but for some patients, cancer is not easily identifiable and symptoms can sometimes be mistaken for other medical conditions. When a late diagnosis for cancer does occur, it is a failure on behalf of medical professionals. Their failure to diagnose cancer at an early stage or when a patient first brought concerns of symptoms to a GP or medical professional can mean that a patient can no longer be treated and the cancer may have spread to vital organs, which could result in a low life expectancy. Even if in a particular case, cancer can be treated and the patient has a good chance of survival, it is still a failure to diagnose cancer when first investigated and those responsible should be held accountable.

An article published in 2017 by The Guardian highlighted the issue further. According to the report, a study has shown that 71% of all patients diagnosed in accident and emergency departments with a form of cancer, had seen their GP at least once with symptoms. Of the group surveyed, those who sought medical help from their GP previously, 41% had visited their GP three or more times. The study which was published in the British Journal of General Practice, found that people diagnosed with cancer as an emergency have a worse prognosis than those diagnosed at an earlier stage.  Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt is said to be so concerned of late cancer diagnosis that he is developing a plan to name and shame GP surgeries who fail to spot symptoms.  (2) According to the publication, diagnosis of cancer as an emergency, has been considered to represent a failure of primary care. (3)

Compensation for a patient who has been let down by the NHS or the private healthcare sector, can never make up for the medical implications that this can have on them, and their family. Additional pain and suffering that has been caused, when cancer is allowed to go untreated or the loss of precious time with loved ones, is unforgivable. Compensation could help patients become more comfortable and have financial support during the recovery process.

Compensation for families left behind after a cancer patient has passed on after a late diagnosis should help to ease any financial strain that may be present after a relative has died. Compensation could help towards funeral arrangements as well as provide support during this sad time.

If you or a loved one has received a late cancer diagnosis whether the disease can be treated or not, please contact our medical negligence team today to see if you are eligible to claim compensation. Our friendly team are always on hand to offer support and legal advice. Call us today on 0151 236 1222 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Sources

  1. http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics-for-the-uk#heading-Four
  2. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/sep/22/cancer-late-diagnosis-half-patients
  3. http://bjgp.org/content/67/659/e377/tab-figures-data

Rise in Terrorism Attacks Increase Number of Serious Injury Compensation Claims

Rise in Terrorism Attacks Increase Number of Serious Injury Compensation Claims

On the 22nd of May 2017, an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena was the centre of a UK terrorism attack. A suicide bomber entered the arena, killing 22 people and injuring 120, including children. UK terrorist attacks have claimed the lives of innocent people as well as causing significant injuries and psychological trauma to those who were injured or affected. Families and loved ones of victims are also hugely affected with some having to become carers for their loved ones as well as having to deal with the psychological trauma a terrorist attack can have on families.

Over the past decade 9 terrorist attacks have been recorded in the UK, including the Manchester Arena bombing. The month after the Manchester attack, on the 3rd of June 2017, 8 people were killed and at least 48 injured when a white van drove at high speed across London Bridge running over pedestrians. The occupants then ran to nearby Borough Market to attack more people. Sadly, the threat of an international terrorist attack to the UK, including Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is severe, and although the chances of being in a terrorist attack are slim, the fear is still prominent. (2) Yet, the UK is not the only target for terrorism.

France, Spain, Sweden and Tunisia have all been targeted in recent attacks, resulting in mass casualties. According to gov.uk (1),  if you’ve been a victim of a terrorist attack abroad since the 27th of November 2012, you may be able to claim compensation if:

  • You were injured physically or mentally
  • You were a witness to a specific act of terrorism where a loved one was injured
  • You’re the partner or close family member of someone killed in a specific act of terrorism.

The pain and suffering caused as a result of a terrorist attack can never truly be compensated for, but the financial implications that an injury has had on your career or working life can be. If a terrorist attack targets a public space, venue or business premises, there will be insurance in place to provide financial support to victims in the event of a terrorist attack and if you have been injured or a loved one has been hurt, you have the right to claim.

We are representing victims of the Manchester bombings and we are offering them our legal services and expertise at no cost, so that they can get compensation for the injuries occurred or the financial loss that has happened as a direct or indirect result of the attack.

Despite the attack taking place over 5 months ago, some victims of the Manchester Arena bombings are yet to make a claim for compensation and are suffering in silence. We urge anyone who has been affected and suffered an injury as a result of a UK terrorist attack to contact our dedicated legal team today and find out how we can support you in submitting a claim. Call 0151 236 1222 or visit our site for more information.

If you have been affected by the terror attack at Manchester Arena, free help and support is available. Contact Victim Support on 0808 168 9111 or visit www.victimsupport.org.uk

Sources

  1. https://www.gov.uk/compensation-victim-terrorist-attack
  2. https://www.gov.uk/terrorism-national-emergency

£2,100 Secured for Holiday Illness in Egypt

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We were recently instructed by a holidaymaker who contracted holiday illness due to poor hygiene standards on their Egyptian getaway.

Our client had booked an all-inclusive package holiday at The Grand Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt for one week.

However, just two days into their holiday, they began to suffer stomach cramps, sever diarrhoea, nausea and fatigue, all of which lasted around 13 days.

Our client attended a pharmacy whilst abroad and was prescribed medication to help relieve their symptoms.

According to the claimant, hygiene standards at The Grand Hotel appeared very poor, particularly in relation to the hotel restaurant and the food it served. They claim that food was under-cooked, appeared reheated and was left out for long periods of time.

Furthermore, our client was not the only holidaymaker at The Grand Hotel struck by illness, as they spoke with other guests suffering from similar symptoms.

Our expert Travel Law team managed to secure a total of £2,100 compensation for our client.

Following the successful outcome our client said:

“I am incredibly pleased by the outcome of my claim. I literally sat back and waited for my settlement. I never thought it would be this easy or go so smoothly. I really can’t thank Hampson Hughes Solicitors enough.”

Holiday illness claims – expert advice

If you believe that your holiday illness symptoms are linked to poor hygiene standards within your package deal hotel, you may be entitled to holiday illness compensation.

For further information on holiday sickness compensation, please see our ‘Package Holiday Claims’ page.
To discover how much compensation you could be entitled to, call our expert team of holiday illness solicitors today for instant answers. Whatever your experience with holiday sickness, we may be able to help. We offer you a FREE no-obligation consultation. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Hampson Hughes Zumbathon 2014

Kesiena Ovien, from Hampson Hughes Solicitors, is the Charity Representative for Merseyside Junior Lawyers Division. This Spring, Kesi is organising an MJLD charity zumbathon in aid of CHIC’s. Here she gives the details of the event, and explains why CHIC’s have been chosen to benefit.

Hampson Hughes Solicitors Charity Zumbathon

This year, as part of my role as Charities Representative on the Merseyside Junior Lawyers committee, I have attempted to organise a wide range of new and exciting charity events – all to fundraise for our chosen charity, CHIC’s.

As part of this even plan, we are proud to announce the CHIC’s Children’s Cancer Support Group Zumbathon 2014.

Given the huge success of the Hampson Hughes Zumbathon last year (in aid of Comic Relief) the committee decided that there was no better choice of support for a second year.

The event will take place at Lifestyles Wavertree Aquatic Centre on Sunday 27th April 1-4pm.

The CHIC’s Zumbathon will see over 100 participants and 15 instructors come together to participate in a 3 hours Zumba – marathon, all to raise money for the MJLD’s nominated charity – CHIC’s (Children’s Cancer Support Group)

One of the reasons the MJLD decided on this cause was because it was a local little known charity that works endlessly to provide care and support to children going through treatment and the families who are also effected.

In order to help hit our target of £3000 we are recruiting the help of any instructors, participants and local companies who would wish to donate raffle prizes or sponsorship donations. If you are interested in finding out more please contact kesienaovien@hh-law.co.uk

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