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Our dental negligence solicitors have represented a number of clients following delayed diagnosis of oral cancer.
It’s essential that diagnosis is obtained as quickly as possible. Some common symptoms include:
If you have been to the dentist with oral cancer symptoms but weren’t successfully diagnosed, you may be entitled to compensation. If assessments aren’t conducted properly, further health problems can result, with late diagnosis often requiring significant surgery and additional treatment.
Kevin Saul acted for a lady in her 70s who recovered £500,000 in damages for delay in the diagnosis of oral cancer. She attended her dentist complaining of a swelling in her lower jaw. Over a period of months she attended various times and was reassured but was eventually diagnosed following a second opinion. She required multiple operations, involving the removal of her lower jaw which resulted in her being PEG fed.
Christina Gardiner has also acted for a client who experienced a delay in diagnosis of oral cancer. Investigations suggested that our client presented symptoms indicative of oral cancer to his dentist and general practitioner on numerous occasions. Evidence also showed that these professionals failed to appropriately examine the man and failed to identify that he was suffering with mouth cancer. This led to a substantial delay in diagnosing the man with cancer. His condition became significantly worse and he had to undergo a prolonged period of aggressive radiotherapy as well as extensive surgery including skin and bone grafts. Despite beating the cancer, the disease could return in the future and he has suffered both physically and psychologically, requiring significant rehabilitation.
Our dental negligence team are experienced in these cases and can provide guidance and support throughout the claim process.
If you're concerned about treatment you’ve received in relation to oral cancer, call us on 0800 121 6567 or complete our enquiry form and we will call you back.
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