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At Hay & Kilner, we have one of the leading Clinical Negligence teams in the North East & Cumbria, dedicated to helping victims of all types of cancer claims.

Many medical mistakes can lead to a delay in the diagnosis of cancer, which may deprive the patient of the chance for a cure. These include treating a patient inappropriately; misreading X-rays; failure to refer a patient to a specialist; and failure to realise the importance of a patient’s complaints. Early diagnosis may mean less pain and suffering for the patient and a greater chance of survival.

Here are some examples of the cancer claims we have settled:

Delay in diagnosis of breast cancer

Hay & Kilner successfully settled a claim for £50,000 brought against a GP in respect of a failure to refer our client to hospital sooner in the presence of a sizeable breast lump. As a result of the delay in diagnosis, our client required additional treatment in the form of mastectomy and radiotherapy. She went on to develop lymphoedema which impacted her day to day activities and ability to perform her job.

Delay in diagnosis of colon cancer

Hay & Kilner recently settled a claim for £40,000 on behalf of the Estate of our client’s late wife. It was argued that a Radiologist mis-reported a barium enema which clearly demonstrated cancer of the colon. In fact, it was not until 8 months later that colon cancer was diagnosed. Had the colon cancer been diagnosed at the appropriate time, Chemotherapy would have been immediately commenced. Although this would not have prevented the spread of cancer, our client’s late wife could have avoided eight months of additional and unnecessary pain and suffering. She also underwent unnecessary major bowel surgery, resulting in the requirement of a colostomy bag.



  • "Very methodical and skilled in their work & Very thorough in the way that they research and prepare cases."

    - Chambers & Partners

  • "One of the most experienced and professional Clinical Negligence firms in the North East."

    - The Legal 500

  • "Hay & Kilner has a great team of very capable Clinical Negligence lawyers who have a friendly and compassionate relationship with their clients."

    - The Legal 500

  • "Clients think the world of them."

    - The Legal 500

  • "The Clinical Negligence Team at Hay & Kilner was recommended to me because of their excellent reputation handling claims. In light of my own experience with the team, I can confirm how well deserved that reputation is."

    - Client of our Clinical Negligence Team

  • "Lauren Hall & Helen Morland handled every aspect of my claim with care, thoughtfulness and great efficiency. They were able to allay any concerns I had by clearly explaining the processes involved. Helen secured a settlement for me which surpassed my hopes and I cannot thank her and Lauren enough."

    - Client of our Clinical Negligence Team

  • "Hay & Kilner has an excellent grasp of clinical negligence law and an excellent manner with clients."

    - The Legal 500

  • "It's unquestionably one of the major players in the region."

    - Chambers & Partners