Ovarian Cancer

Early diagnosis and fast referral for treatment is important. Delays or errors could mean you have a medical negligence claim.

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Ovarian cancer is one of the most common in women, mainly those who’ve been through menopause. According to Cancer Research, there are over 7,000 new diagnoses each year and 11% of those are preventable.

What is ovarian cancer?

The ovaries are a pair of small organs located low in the tummy. They connect to the womb and store a woman's supply of eggs.

Ovarian cancer develops when cells in the ovaries grow and multiply uncontrollably, causing a tumour.

Surgery is the usual treatment, which can involve:

  • Removal of the ovary or both ovaries, and fallopian tubes
  • Hysterectomy - removing the womb
  • Removing a layer of fatty tissue in the tummy

Chemotherapy may also be used, depending on the stage of the cancer.

If it’s caught early and treated, the chances of recovery are good. 

When can you make an ovarian cancer claim?

If you have received medical care that has caused delays in diagnosis or treatment, then you may have a medical negligence claim.  About making a claim

This can include:

  • Misdiagnosis – symptoms of ovarian cancer are also common in many other conditions
  • Failure in referral for the correct tests, such as ultrasound, CT & MRI scans or laparoscopy
  • Test results incorrectly interpreted
  • Failure to carry out a physical examination or blood tests

How can First4Lawyers help?

We can put you in touch with experts in this area of law, who know how to present complex legal evidence to give you the best chances of a successful claim.  No Win No Fee* services

We know that you’ll be under great stress. Your situation will be treated with care and sensitivity at all times.

How much compensation will I receive?

It depends on a number of factors, such as to what extent a misdiagnosis or delay has worsened your condition or the prognosis for your illness.  Aspects such as pain, suffering, recovery time and effects on your future are considered too.

You can also be compensated for financial losses, such as time off work and lost earnings, as well as travel to medical appointments and any associated medications.

Is there a time limit for making a claim?

Yes. Generally, medical negligence claims have to be made within three years of the ‘date of knowledge’.  There are exceptions for children and those of limited mental capacity.

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

It’s a good idea to keep a record of what has happened, together with dates and any evidence you may have.

Then just get in touch with us for a free consultation.  We’ll ask you about your situation and advise you of your options.

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Jacqueline Speight

Jacqueline Speight

Head of Claims

Jacqueline is our head of claims.
She is a qualified solicitor and has practised as a specialist in personal injury cases. A recent addition to our team, Jacqueline has moved to a managerial and coaching role with us, where she is keen to continue the team's training and development to ensure every customer continues to get a first class service.

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