Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims

Skin Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims

If caught early, most types of skin cancer are very treatable. However, some cancers (malignant melanoma for instance) can aggressively spread to other parts of the body when left undiagnosed.

GPs and other medical professionals should be able to spot any red flag symptoms associated with skin cancer, especially the more aggressive forms of the disease. These signs include the mole or lump:

  • Bleeding or hurting
  • Changing colour
  • Having an asymmetrical shape
  • Increasing in size (melanomas are generally bigger than 6mm in diameter)
  • Itching

If your skin cancer has developed or spread due to poor medical advice, you may have a claim for medical negligence. Similarly, if you received substandard treatment – for example, surgery that didn’t properly remove the lump – we could help you make a compensation claim.

Our medical negligence solicitors are experienced in all kinds of cancer misdiagnosis claims. We believe in the importance of helping you get answers from those responsible, as well as compensation. Where possible we’ll also push for early interim payments that will enable you to access specialist treatment before your claim’s finished.

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    • What Will Happen When I Make A Claim?
    • After you’ve contacted us, we’ll set up a free initial consultation to discuss your case and whether you have a legal claim. We’ll discuss what funding options are available to you to pay for your claim, including No Win No Fee agreements*.

      We’ll then get in touch with those responsible for your negligent treatment at an early stage to see if they accept the blame for your illness. If they accept responsibility, we’ll try to secure interim compensation payments which can fund private medical care and ongoing expenses, before your claim fully settles. Any interim payments will be taken out of your final compensation award.

      Our experts will look into your case in detail, gathering evidence from independent medical professionals. These experts evaluate what care you should have received and can determine any future implications to your health. They’ll also advise us on the care you’ll need in the future.

      We’ll always try and negotiate claims out of court, keeping the claim process as short as we can. However, if your opponent doesn’t accept responsibility or doesn’t agree with the amount of compensation we feel you need, we’ll start court proceedings.

      Even when trial dates have been set, claims are still often settled before reaching court. If your claim does need to go to court, we’ll be there to help you every step of the way, talking you through what will happen so you feel as comfortable as possible.

    • How We Can Help
    • We have experience supporting many people with skin cancer compensation claims. This includes reimbursement for loss of earnings, private medical treatment and help to maintain your family’s financial stability.

      If you have lost a loved one to skin cancer because of poor medical advice or treatment, we can help you get compensation that reflects the long term impact on your family’s income.

      However, compensation is only part of the story if your life has been changed by the misdiagnosis or mistreatment of malignant skin cancer. Getting the public acknowledgement and apology for the failures in care is important too – we will pursue this, whether your claim is settled inside or outside of court.

    • Who Can Make A Claim?
    • All medical professionals have a duty of care to make sure that your condition is diagnosed as soon as possible and that you’re given the right treatment. If this doesn’t happen, your cancer could go undetected and spread to other parts of the body, making it harder to treat.

      You might be able to make a compensation claim if the medical professional taking care of you didn’t:

      • Link your symptoms to skin cancer
      • Diagnose you with the correct condition
      • Provide an adequate initial investigation
      • Refer you for the relevant CT and MRI scans
      • Carry out your biopsy correctly

      If a loved one has died because of the delayed diagnosis of testicular cancer, our lawyers can help you with:

      • Recovering compensation for their pain and suffering, to account for financial losses caused by their death and to cover funeral expenses
      • Representing you at inquest
      • Getting you the answers and apology you deserve from those responsible

      Our lawyers could help you access a statutory bereavement award, which is separate to a claim for compensation and recognises your grief in the event of a wrongful death. This is available if you’re the spouse, civil partner or parent (if they’re under 18) of the person who died.

      Everyone has the right to a high standard of care but avoidable medical errors do happen. By contacting us today we can act quickly to secure you specialist care and support which can make a huge difference.

    • Can I Make A Claim On A No Win No Fee Basis?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case we’ll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we’ll explain the process clearly. This involves setting up an insurance policy that will protect you, at no cost to you. You’ll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • What Are The Time Limits For Making A Claim?
    • In most medical negligence cases, you have three years to make a compensation claim, starting from the date the negligence happened (or the date you first became aware that you’d suffered because of negligence). For children, this three year period begins on their 18th birthday, so they have until they’re 21 to make a claim.

      However, it’s important to contact us as soon as possible so that we can begin to investigate your claim. If you have questions or concerns about the time limits, please call us for free initial advice on 0800 121 6567.

    • Meet The Team
    • As the UK’s largest medical negligence department, our solicitors are highly rated by independent legal guides and have offices across the country.

      We have years of experience in securing compensation for those who’ve suffered as a consequence of medical errors. Our solicitors are aware that every claim is different and we make sure that we understand the care and support you need.

      We appreciate that getting access to the best treatment for your cancer is a priority. We’ll aim to secure the treatment you need as soon as we can, using our connections at leading charities and specialist care providers.

I valued the honesty of the solicitor that I dealt with. The approachability and the humanness. They were caring.”

Stephanie, client

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Different Kinds Of Skin Cancer?

There are two main kinds of skin cancer:

  • Non-melanoma, the most common but less aggressive form of skin cancer
  • Melanoma, the most aggressive form of the disease – these should be referred to a specialist within two weeks

Within non-melanoma skin cancer, most cases are either:

  • Basel cell carcinoma – these should be referred to a consultant within 18 weeks
  • Squamous cell carcinoma – these are more dangerous and should be referred to a consultant within two weeks

You have a right to receive a timely referral for your condition – any delays in diagnosis can have devastating consequences. If you think that your GP or consultant made mistakes, please contact us on 0800 121 6567 for more information on making a claim and investigating the care you received.

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What Constitutes Negligence?

Clinical negligence may have happened at any point in the chain of healthcare professionals who treated your cancer. Your GP, surgeon or another member of hospital staff could have made incorrect decisions or not given you the level of care every patient has the right to expect.

You might have a medical negligence skin cancer claim if your GP failed to:

  • Carry out a proper examination
  • Refer you to the hospital as early as they should have done
  • Give you the right advice (for example, telling you to return if your lump changed, grew or started bleeding)

Sometimes medical staff make mistakes during the course of treatment for skin cancer. We could help if your mole or lump wasn’t:

  • Fully removed during surgery
  • Sent for testing after removal
  • Tested correctly

Skin cancer misdiagnosis may lead to extra time off work, as well as the need for more invasive treatments than would otherwise have been necessary. In extreme cases, aggressive forms of skin cancer can be fatal.

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What If I Was Falsely Diagnosed With Skin Cancer?

Being wrongly diagnosed with skin cancer is a traumatic experience, sometimes with serious physical and psychological consequences.

We could help if, after your testicular cancer was misdiagnosed:

We could help you claim compensation if you were diagnosed with malignant melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, when in fact you had a less dangerous form of the disease like basal cell carcinoma.

This may lead to scarring from an unnecessary surgical procedure to remove the lump. The psychological effect of this misdiagnosis and preparing for the worst case scenario can also be extremely distressing.

If you’ve been affected by a wrong diagnosis of skin cancer, our solicitors could help you seek answers from the organisation responsible, as well as compensation for the trauma you’ve suffered as a result.

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We work with a number of charities.

We know how important their work to raise awareness of the disease is and we’re proud of our support for cancer charities, both local and national.

Our close relationships with these charities mean that we’ll often work with them when planning your care package, using their specialist knowledge to find out what’s best for you.

Some of the charities we support include:

  • Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Breast Cancer Care
  • Cancer Research UK

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