Our Expertise

Oncology & Cancer Claims

In the developed world as many as 1 in 3 people will develop some form of cancer at some point in their lifetime and this disease remains one of the greatest causes of mortality in the developed world.

However, dramatic improvements have been made over the past decade in the treatment of many forms of cancer which have resulted in a significant improvement to patient outcomes. Thus in many cases if the diagnosis is made early enough and the correct treatment given in a timely fashion this can result in a complete cure or a significant prolongation of life expectancy.

In many cases that have been successfully pursued by Michael Boylan, the central allegation of negligence has involved an allegation of delay in a proper timely diagnosis of the cancer and thus timely treatment (either by way of chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery) has been delayed with the result that the prognosis for survival has been worsened or more radical invasive treatment has become necessary.

Often, the delay in proper diagnosis can result from a failure to carry out, properly analyse and react to abnormal blood tests. Failure to perform scans or X-rays, failure to properly read/ interpret such scans or X-rays or failure to perform core biopsies. Sometimes the negligence can involve poorly performed surgery. Less often medication or dosage errors occur so that the patient receives an excess or too little of a drug or radiation with adverse effects.

Recent cases of note

  • Family settle case over care given for thyroid cancer at Cork University Hospital

  • Oncology Case - Misdiagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer

  • Substantial damages in prostate cancer case for failure to diagnose/late diagnosis in 33 year old

  • Brain-damaged boy gets €2.7m in claim settlement

  • Galway Woman Wins Substantial Damages For 11 Year Failure To Diagnose Breast Cancer

  • Proceedings were initiated on behalf of the Plaintiff for failure to diagnose breast cancer resulting in mastectomy and removal of spleen

  • Substantial damages for Plaintiff who suffered delayed diagnosis of cancerous tumour

  • Substantial settlement for woman arising out of misreporting of cervical smear test

  • Settlement of case involving delay in diagnosis of breast cancer

  • Dublin woman wins substantial damages for chemotherapy overdose in treating brain tumour


Thank you so much for all the wonderful work you all did over the past number of years.

Gillian, Michael, Laura and all the team in the Michael Boylan office. On behalf of Lucas and I, we would like to thank all of you so much for all of your help in bringing a satisfactory conclusion to Lucas’s case.We wish your team every success in bringing the same results in the remaining cases and hope that they can now move forward with the rest of their lives. Continued success to all in your team.

Thank you very much for your email and your outstanding help and support along the way.

I wish you all the best. Have a lovely christmas and new year.

We are very happy with yesterday’s outcome. I also want to thank you for all your help.

Thank you all so much for all that you did. I finally have closure. You are a wonderful team.

We are so grateful that you fought for our daughter…

Thank you for your dedication to bringing my case to a successful conclusion. You were very kind to me and explained all, as the case progressed.

We are so grateful you came to meet us 10 years ago…

There are no words to fully explain our gratitude for all you did to help

The words thank you don’t even cover it. The world should have more Michaels and Gillians, it would be a much better place.