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Breast Cancer Negligence Claims
If you, a family member or friend, have suffered unnecessarily due to a mistake made by a GP, nurse or doctor during the treatment or diagnosis of breast cancer, we have the expertise and experience necessary to help you claim compensation.
Entrusting your breast cancer negligence claim to our highly regarded medical negligence team means putting yourself in the best possible position to achieve the result that you want and deserve.
We combine extensive legal know-how with the utmost professionalism and sensitivity, ensuring the process is as stress-free as possible for you and your family.
Our lawyers have years of experience in helping people to make breast cancer negligence claims. Speak to our approachable solicitors today by calling us on 0345 872 6666 or by completing our online enquiry form and we will call you back
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How JMW Can Help
The team at JMW has helped many people with their breast cancer negligence claims and we have the expertise, experience and proactive approach to give you the very best chance of achieving a successful outcome.
We are well versed in claims against the NHS and private healthcare providers on behalf of clients who have suffered because of medical negligence. We are here for you every step of the way throughout the breast cancer claims process
Our team is headed by leading medical negligence solicitor Eddie Jones and we are renowned throughout the UK. Members of our team also make up the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors panel and the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence.
How to Make a Breast Cancer Negligence Claim
When you are treated by a medical professional you expect a certain standard of care. Unfortunately, this is not always provided and can leave you in more pain and with ongoing health problems.
Common examples of negligence relating to breast cancer include misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis and errors in surgery.
This could be caused by doctors failing to refer you for further tests or misreading test results. This can have devastating effects, such as prolonged illness or even death, which could have been avoided or at least delayed
On many occasions, we have represented clients who have suffered as a result of misdiagnosis, where a GP has diagnosed breast cancer as another illness, meaning the patient often does not receive the treatment they need until it is too late
In other cases, GPs have correctly referred the patient to hospital but tests have not been carried out and reported as they ought to have been
Three types of investigation are usually used to diagnose breast cancer. These are
- Clinical examination
- Ultrasound scan or mammogram
Breast cancer should only be diagnosed when growth in cancer is suggested by the results of all three investigations, which are collectively known as the 'Triple Test'
The consequences of a late or incorrect breast cancer diagnosis can include
- More invasive and intense treatment
- Shortened life expectancy/li>
- Unnecessary removal of lymph nodes from the armpit
- Anxiety for no reason
- Deformity of the breast
- Lymphoedema, which includes painful swelling of the arm
We have also helped people who have experienced the other side of misdiagnosis - being told they have breast cancer when they do not. Many of these clients have not only suffered psychologically, but also physically, having undergone a needless mastectomy - the surgical removal of one or both breasts.
This could involve failing to remove enough of the cancerous tissue, which may leave you seriously ill when it should have improved your condition. In addition, it is sometimes the case that a mistake is made that seriously injures another part of the body.
What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
Symptoms of breast cancer include:
- A lump or area of thickened breast tissue
- Changes in the shape or size of the breasts
- A rash around the nipple
- Discharge from either nipple
- The nipple becoming sunken in the breast, or any other change in its appearance
- A dimpling on the skin of the breast
- A lump in either armpit
Are there different types of breast cancer?
There are various types of breast cancer, and these include
- Non-invasive - this type of cancer is usually detected via mammogram and is found in the ducts of the breast. It is not able to spread outside of the breast
- Invasive - This can spread outside of the breast and makes up around 80% of all breast cancer cases
- Other - These can include inflammatory breast cancer, invasive lobular breast cancer and Paget's disease of the breast
How is breast cancer diagnosed?
If detected early enough there is a good chance of recovery from breast cancer. Women are advised to regularly check their breasts for anything out of the ordinary and to make sure they visit their GP if they notice anything amiss
Mammographic screening is used to detect early breast lesions and all women aged 50 to 70 are invited for breast cancer screening every three years.
How is it treated?
The disease is usually treated in the following ways to prevent it from spreading to other parts of the body
- Chemotherapy or radiotherapy
- Hormone or biological treatments (in some cases)