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Skin Cancer Misdiagnosis
If you have been affected by skin cancer misdiagnosis, JMW can help you make a successful case to claim the compensation to which you are entitled.
Our solicitors understand the stress and confusion you may be feeling owing to the delay in your treatment and the subsequent prognosis as a result of the delay. If a medical professional has made a mistake that led to your misdiagnosis, then you are entitled to claim compensation to help support your and your family financially while you receive treatment.
Talk to the team today for a no obligation discussion about how to start your skin cancer claim. Call us on 0800 054 6512 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
There are two main types of skin cancer; non-melanoma and malignant melanoma. Non-melanoma refers to slow-spreading cancers in the upper layers of the skin, while the rarer yet more severe melanoma cancers spread rapidly to other organs after displaying on the skin as cancerous moles. Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are among the most common types of non-melanoma skin cancers.
Malignant melanoma tends to be more aggressive than other skin cancers and the spread of melanomas to other parts of the body, especially the lymph nodes and liver, is common. Therefore early diagnosis may be essential for survival.
A malignant melanoma (skin cancer) is a tumour of the pigmented cells of the skin. Melanomas usually occur in the skin and excessive exposure to sunlight is thought to be a contributory factor. Melanomas are relatively uncommon, accounting for about 1% of cancers in the UK. However, the incidence has been increasing recently, possibly due to increased exposure to sunlight.
After initial assessment by the specialist to confirm diagnosis, patients will require surgery. Removal of the tumour requires specialist surgery to protect the surrounding normal tissue. This is crucial to ensure all affected cells are removed, as recurrence is common following inadequate resection.
Prompt diagnosis, referral and treatment are the keys to the successful management of malignant melanomas.
The most common compensation claims we see are those where a GP has failed to refer a patient to hospital and wrongly said the symptoms are nothing to worry about. In addition, negligence can occur if the cancerous mole is not fully removed in surgery.
Basal cell carcinoma usually occurs on the face, and is not usually regarded as an emergency, but if left undiagnosed, or untreated, it may invade subcutaneous fat, skeletal muscle and bone causing extensive damage.
It is a type of skin cancer usually caused by sun damage. The repeated and prolonged exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays responsible for the damage will have occurred years before the cancer actually develops, sometimes as much as 40 years previously.
Basal cell carcinomas most commonly occur on the face and enlarge slowly and steadily. They can invade neighbouring tissue, such as around the eye, but they usually do not spread to distant parts of the body.
There are a number of risk factors associated with skin cancers and medical professionals should be aware of these risks when caring for a patient. A patient may be at increased risk if they have:
- A family history of melanoma
- Pale skin
- Red or blond hair
JMW has one of the most experienced and respected clinical negligence teams in the UK. A number of our solicitors are on the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence, while we also have a member of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitor panel.
We have worked on many negligence cases relating to skin cancer and find the majority are down to a lack of action by GPs at the diagnosis stage.
However, we have also acted for clients when a mistake has been made in surgery, when removing the ulcer or lesion. We are able to deal with cases on a no win no fee basis.
If you want to claim compensation for your suffering, we will give you the best possible chance of achieving a successful outcome. Claiming damages for clinical negligence is a specialist area of law that requires solicitors who have specific training and experience in these cases.