Breast cancer affects thousands of women across the UK each year and the disease can have devastating consequences.
In a bid to assist with the early detection of breast cancer, the NHS invites all women between the ages of 50 and 70 to a breast cancer screening every 3 years.
However, between 2009 and 2018 NHS England experienced a computer error which resulted in approximately 450,000 women failing to receive their invitation to a scheduled screening. As a consequence, thousands of women may have experienced a delay or even a complete failure in diagnosis. This may have resulted in many women having to undergo more invasive treatment and they may also have suffered a reduction in their life expectancy.
If you have been affected by this error our clinical negligence team can help.
If you were born between 1938 and 1950 it’s more than likely that you were not given an appointment for a final breast screening.
If the NHS breast screening error affected you, you will have been sent a letter by the NHS notifying you that you hadn’t been given an appointment. If you haven’t received a letter then it’s important that you contact the NHS to see if they have still missed your appointment.
Failing to receive a breast screening may have resulted in your cancer being diagnosed later than it should have been, which may have had an impact on your overall health and wellbeing including your capacity to work, as well as increasing your risk of getting cancer in the future.
Late diagnosis may have also meant that you had to undergo more intense treatment that you may not have had to endure had the cancer been detected during one of the NHS screenings you should have received.
If you can provide evidence that your breast cancer diagnosis was delayed as a result of the NHS breast screening computer error you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation.
The Government have made provisions to offer compensation for the families of those who have sadly died as a result of the screening error.If you or someone you know has been affected , our team will work with you to secure the maximum amount of compensation due as a result of the pain and suffering that this error may have caused you or the families who have been left behind.
Not only does our Clinical Negligence team posses an excellent track record in settling cases of this nature, but our team also prides itself on its holistic approach, putting you the client at the centre of the claim and helping you get the rehabilitative treatment and support you may need following your delayed breast cancer diagnosis.
The Thorneycroft Solicitors clinical negligence team also looks beyond the financial settlement that you hope to achieve, assisting you to find the best possible treatment to aid with your recovery, as well as working with relevant charitable organisations that can help support both you and your family through such a difficult period of your life.
If you’d like to learn more about how our Clinical Negligence team can assist you with a claim in the event that you have been affected by the NHS breast screening error, please call our team on 0800 1979 345 or submit your enquiry by completing our online enquiry form by clicking here.
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