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Misdiagnosed Brain Tumour Claims
Any errors concerning the diagnosis of a brain tumour, such as incorrect interpretation of an MRI scan, can obviously have very serious consequences, including fatalities. If you, or someone you know, have suffered due to a misdiagnosed brain tumour, our expert solicitors are here to provide the legal help you need.
A brain tumour is an abnormal mass of tissue inside the skull, caused by unusually rapid cell division. This can be a very serious condition and it is therefore essential that symptoms are spotted quickly and action taken as soon as possible. If a brain tumour is misdiagnosed or missed, the possibility of successful treatment falls significantly.
Of particular note is the fact that there are two main types of brain tumour, each of which needs to be treated and managed differently. Of these, malignant or cancerous tumours are the most dangerous, as they can spread across the brain and even to the spine, and typically develop from the glial tissue, which provides support to the nerve cells in the brain.
- nausea and vomiting
- memory problems
- changes in personality
Benign brain tumours, meanwhile, are non-cancerous tumours that tend not to spread. Examples include gliomas (tumours of the glial tissue), acoustic neuromas (tumours of the acoustic nerve) and meningiomas (tumours of the membranes surrounding the brain); while none of these will cause the same problems as malignant tumours, they can still affect brain function, and are typically graded on a scale from one to four, depending on their growth rate and how likely they are to regrow following treatment.
Getting the right treatment
Treatment of benign tumours will depend on the type of tumour and its location in the body, but most can be removed through surgery, and will not regrow following such an operation.
Management of malignant tumours is much more complex, utilising surgery to remove as much of the tumour as possible, before radiotherapy and chemotherapy is used to kill off any remaining cancerous cells. Such is the seriousness of malignant tumours that treatment is needed as soon as possible, as any delay can prove damaging or even fatal.
Achieving the best outcome for brain tumour patients is therefore highly dependent on getting the right diagnosis early, as the wrong treatment strategy can result in the survival or regeneration of the tumour.
The solicitors at JMW have extensive experience in helping people who have suffered due to misdiagnoses and other examples of medical negligence, and have succeeded in recovering significant amounts of compensation.
We always take a professional and proactive approach and will provide the support you need throughout your case from beginning to end. We also understand how stressful this process can be and will work hard to make the legal side of things as straightforward as possible.
What’s more, our clinical negligence team is highly regarded throughout the UK and includes members of both the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors panel and the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence.