The misdiagnosisis of cancer is a catastrophic, stressful and emotional time for the sufferer, their family and loved ones. Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis should never happen, but unfortunately they do.
People who have been improperly diagnosed or misdiagnosed are likely to undergo more stringent treatment or to have their chances of a successful outcome reduced significantly.
We have increasingly seen in our caseload clear and systemic management failures presided over by the Health Service Executive in having, particularly breast cancer diagnosed in a reasonable time frame.
A patient who is improperly diagnosed or misdiagnosed with cancer does not have an automatic right to compensation. It must be established that on the balance of probabilities that the effect of the cancer misdiagnosis resulted in a different medical outcome than otherwise would have been.