Follicular Lymphoma Wrong Diagnosis Claim

Can I make a follicular lymphoma wrong diagnosis claim for compensation after being misdiagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and the right treatment being delayed?

Answer:

As with any misdiagnosis of a medical condition, it is possible to make a follicular lymphoma wrong diagnosis claim for compensation provided that certain conditions are satisfied.

In order for a claim for follicular lymphoma wrong diagnosis compensation to be successful, the misdiagnosis of the condition must be attributable to medical negligence. This means that the failure to diagnose the condition must have been due to a poor professional performance, inexperience or incompetence of the doctor concerned. It must be proven ‘on the balance of probability’ that a competent doctor would have been able to identify the symptoms and make the correct diagnosis.

Furthermore, for a follicular lymphoma wrong diagnosis claim to be worth your while to pursue, you must also have come to harm or experienced a significant deterioration of the condition as a result of the misdiagnosis, and this must have been avoidable had an alternative course of action been taken.

There can be a number of issues associated with claiming compensation for follicular lymphoma wrong diagnosis, which are due to the nature of this form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Follicular lymphoma is considered “indolent” —a medical term meaning very slow growing. The significance of this is that a delay in diagnosis and treatment may not have caused you to come to any harm as a result.

Without a ‘personal injury’ caused by the delay in the right treatment, or if the condition has not deteriorated significantly between the negligent misdiagnosis and correct diagnosis, there will be no value attached to a follicular lymphoma wrong diagnosis claim for compensation.

However, in the majority of cases, this form of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is not curable in its advanced stages. If an initial correct diagnosis would have allowed the opportunity to have the condition treated in the early stages, and the misdiagnosis meant that the cancer was allowed to advance to an untreatable stage, you will almost certainly have a substantial claim for follicular lymphoma wrong diagnosis compensation.

Due to the issues surrounding follicular lymphoma wrong diagnosis compensation claims, a medical negligence solicitor should be consulted to discuss your own personal situation. Eligibility to make a follicular lymphoma wrong diagnosis claim can be particularly complicated to determine, and the chances of successfully claiming follicular lymphoma wrong diagnosis compensation will need to be fully assessed by a legal professional.