Bowel Cancer Claims

Around 268,000 people living in the UK today have been diagnosed with bowel cancer.


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Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, with 94% occurring in men and women over the age of 50.

Over half of cases are not diagnosed until they are in the later stage of the disease.

What is bowel cancer?

Bowel cancer is also called colorectal cancer. It affects the large bowel/colon, usually when pre-cancerous polyps (growths) become cancerous.

In some cases it can spread to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system and the bloodstream.

The risks of getting bowel cancer depend on factors such as:

  • Existing medical conditions
  • Age
  • Family history and genetics
  • Unhealthy lifestyle

Types of bowel cancer claim

Medical mistakes or delays in diagnosis can be very serious. We’ve dealt with cases such as:

  • Failure to act on early signs and make referrals
  • Misinterpreting scans and xrays
  • Failure to spot signs in biopsies
  • Delayed arrangement of exploratory tests such as colonoscopy
  • Lack of thorough examination
  • Incorrect diagnosis of another illness
  • Failure to follow up or monitor symptoms

Why make a bowel cancer claim?

Firstly, making a complaint raises awareness of mistakes being made – something which is sadly common when it comes to bowel cancer. It may even encourage others to have symptoms investigated earlier.

Secondly, a missed or delayed diagnosis can be an extremely stressful time – physically, emotionally and financially. A compensation award might just take the pressure off, allowing you the time and space you need to deal with what’s going on and focus on your recovery.

More about making a claim

How can First4Lawyers help?

Our expert solicitors have dealt with a lot of claims like these. They understand the legal complexities involved and know how to build a case that will help you achieve maximum compensation.

We also offer a No Win No Fee service for medical negligence claims in England and Wales.

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Our No Win No Fee solicitors will take a success fee from the compensation you are awarded for a successful claim in the form of a percentage of your damages. This could be up to 25% but it won't be more than that, except in cases of road traffic accidents. Changing laws mean our solicitors will now take a payment of 30% of the final compensation amount plus VAT for all road traffic accident claims.

First4Lawyers are an award-winning claims management company with a track record of delivering service that our clients love.

How much compensation will I receive for bowel or colon cancer misdiagnosis?

That very much depends on the level of negligence and how it has affected your life and your future. Have a chat with our legal advisors and they will offer you help tailored to your individual circumstances.

Is there a time limit for making a claim?

You usually have three years from the ‘date of knowledge’ to make a medical negligence claim.

I think I have a claim, what do I do next?

It’s a good idea to keep a written record of what has happened, including dates, circumstances and any other evidence.

Or just get in touch with us for a free consultation and we can take it from there. You’re under no pressure or obligation to take it any further unless you wish to do so.


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