Oral cancer, also called mouth cancer, can affect any part of your mouth. It can occur at any age, but the risk increases as you get older. Being diagnosed and getting treated quickly are vital to stopping oral cancer from spreading. If you’ve been misdiagnosed or are experiencing a delay in diagnosis this can mean your treatment needs to be more invasive and complex.

Contact us today to discuss making an oral cancer misdiagnosis claim for compensation.

Our specialist solicitors have been securing compensation in oral cancer misdiagnosis claims for decades. Whether you have been misdiagnosed or had a late diagnosis, either by a dentist, hygienist, GP or other medical professional, we’ll treat your case as the unique situation it is and give you tailored legal advice that we believe will get you the best possible outcome.

Getting a misdiagnosis of oral cancer will understandably leave you feeling scared, angry, and confused. We understand no amount of money can make up for the unnecessary neglect you experienced. However, making an oral cancer claim can help to pay for private treatment and get you the answers you’re owed.

Depending on the severity of cancer and the treatment, you may experience changes to the way that you breathe, eat, drink, or speak. These changes can be more drastic if your cancer wasn’t detected until later. Compensation can help you to pay for any adjustments and care you need, both now and in the future. 

You can make a no win no fee claim, meaning there’s no cost to you if your claim is unsuccessful. We can also help you to make a claim if you’ve lost a loved one from an oral cancer misdiagnosis.

The Legal 500, a leading independent legal guide, describes us as: “A first-class national practice with extensive experience in all types of clinical negligence claims – from small claims to maximum severity.

Aside from our legal expertise, you’ll also have help from our Support and Rehabilitation team. They’ll work to get you all the support you need and will make sure it’s support that’s local to you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make a claim on behalf of a loved one who’s passed away?

Yes, if you’ve lost a loved one because of an oral cancer misdiagnosis, you can claim compensation on their behalf. Compensation can account for:

  • Their pain and suffering
  • Funeral expenses
  • Any financial losses you’ve had because of their death.

We’ll represent you at inquests to get you the compensation and answers you need to move forward.

What are the warning signs of oral cancer?

Some of the most common symptoms of oral cancer include:

  • A mouth ulcer that lasts for longer than three weeks
  • Mouth pain
  • Trouble swallowing
  • A lump on your lip on the inside of your mouth
  • A red or white patch in your mouth
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Speaking problems or a hoarse voice
  • A lump in your throat or neck.

Many of these are also symptoms of different conditions. However, if you notice any of these, you should make an appointment to see your GP. It’s their duty of care to refer you for further tests to confirm or rule out the possibility of cancer.

If your GP or dentist didn’t refer you for further tests, or you were referred but were misdiagnosed, you could make a claim for compensation.

What can be mistaken for oral cancer?

Because oral cancer shares symptoms with several other problems, your doctor may initially think your cancer is something less serious.

Canker sores display similar physical symptoms of oral cancer, so cancer can be mistaken for this. Mouth ulcers also share symptoms with oral cancer, as does lichen planus. This is a rash that can affect different areas of the body, including the inside of your mouth.

It’s a doctor’s responsibility to identify any potential symptoms of mouth cancer and refer you for the right tests. They should do this as soon as possible, and failing to do so counts as negligence.

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