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Breast Cancer Negligence Claims
The specialist solicitors at JMW are here to help you claim the compensation you deserve should you suffer because of medical negligence during your breast cancer treatment. We understand that legal action is often the last thing on your mind when you or a loved one has suffered from breast cancer, but we are here to provide the support and guidance you need in an easy-to-understand and non-intrusive manner.
We have years of experience in helping people with their breast cancer negligence claims. Speak to our approachable solicitors today by calling us on 0800 054 6512 or by completing our online enquiry form, which will enable us to give you a call back.
When you are treated by a medical professional you expect a certain standard of care. Unfortunately, however, this is not always provided and can leave you in more pain and with ongoing health problems.
Common examples include a misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis and errors in surgery. Whatever your circumstances, if you believe you, a family member or friend have suffered unnecessarily due to a mistake made by a GP, nurse or surgeon during the treatment or diagnosis of breast cancer, we have the expertise and experience necessary to help you claim compensation.
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 a 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
- Unnecessary removal of breast tissue
- 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.
Glenice, a Lollypop lady, attended her GP when she noticed a lump in her right breast. She had previously had a benign breast lump removed. Other than, she was generally fit and well. She was referred to hospital and seen 4 weeks later. Glenice recalls having a mammogram and the doctor then suggested an ultrasound scan of the breast and a core biopsy.
Pauline tragically died after appalling errors meant her breast cancer went undiagnosed. Although nothing could make up their loss, JMW's Sally Leonards secured Pauline's family £300,000 in compensation for their pain and suffering.
The most common cancer in the UK, breast cancer affects many people and thousands are diagnosed with the disease each year. Although the majority of sufferers are women over the age of 50, it is not unknown for younger women and even men to be diagnosed. Early diagnosis and treatment can often prevent the disease from spreading throughout the body.
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
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
If detected early enough there is a good chance of recovery from breast cancer. Women are therefore 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.
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)
The team at JMW has helped many people with their breast cancer misdiagnosis claims and we have the skills, experience and proactive approach to give you the very best chance of achieving a successful outcome to yours.
Our team is headed by leading clinical 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.