If you or a loved one have suffered from melanoma (skin cancer) due to clinical or medical negligence, call Slater and Gordon Lawyers for an initial, no-obligation consultation on freephone 0800 916 9049 or contact us online.
Our medical negligence specialists offer expert legal advice you can rely on, and can help you to proceed with skin cancer claims for compensation in full confidence.
98% of our medical and clinical negligence claims are funded through Conditional Fee Agreements, which are more commonly called No Win, No Fee agreements. This means you can rest assured there’s absolutely no financial risk to you.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers can offer immediate representation and rehabilitation support for people making skin cancer claims anywhere in the UK. If you’re unable to come and see us at one of our regional offices due to your medical circumstances, we may be able to offer home and/or hospital visits. This means that even if you’re very ill and unable to seek out legal advice, you can still talk to a highly skilled and experienced medical negligence solicitor.
Delays in diagnosis or misdiagnosis of melanoma
If melanoma is diagnosed early, the chances of recovery can be quite good. Slight delays are unlikely to make any difference to the outcome, but if left undiagnosed and untreated for a long period, skin cancer is likely to grow and can spread to other parts of the body.
There’s also the possibility that melanoma may be misdiagnosed. This is where a medical professional misreads the symptoms, or fails to carry out the proper tests to rule out other illnesses in order to correctly identify the symptoms as skin cancer.
Mistakes in diagnosing melanoma can be very serious. It’s vital to start treatment for cancer cases as soon as possible, and misdiagnosis means this can’t happen. This can put the person’s chances of recovery, and even their lives, at risk. Avoidable delays in diagnosis can also affect a person’s quality of life, causing them undue anxiety and stress while waiting to receive an accurate diagnosis - or the shock of hearing that they have a life-threatening condition that could’ve been treated when they first approached a GP for help.
As a patient in a hospital or specialist medical facility, you have a reasonable expectation that the doctor treating you will be trained to correctly and quickly identify the symptoms of melanoma. For example, symptoms such as a mole or lump bleeding or hurting, changing colour, growing in size or having an asymmetrical shape. Even if the doctor in question doesn’t immediately diagnose the condition, the patient expects to be referred to a specialist immediately so that the diagnosis can be made correctly. If this doesn’t happen, patients may be able to make a claim for skin cancer.
If you believe you’ve been a victim of misdiagnosis of melanoma, or you feel the diagnosis was unnecessarily delayed, please don’t hesitate to call our medical negligence team.
Our freephone number 0800 916 9049 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you can seek advice at any time of the day or night. If you need the help of our clinical negligence experts or advice on starting skin cancer claims, please call. Alternatively, use our simple online contact form to get in touch and we’ll be happy to get back to you.
Melanoma compensation claims
In our extensive experience of medical and clinical negligence cases, Slater and Gordon’s specialists have successfully recovered large awards of compensation where mistakes have led to serious delays in diagnosis. Examples of these cases include the following:
- Failure to carry out an adequate examination or carry out the required tests
- Failure or delay in advising a patient to return if a suspicious lump changed or grew
- Surgery that failed to properly remove a lump or other substandard treatment
- Mistakes by pathologists (doctors who examine tissue under a microscope)
- Mistaking melanoma for basal cell carcinoma (another form of skin cancer), which is less dangerous
In these cases, the patient’s life and chances of recovery are put at risk.
The importance of melanoma compensation claims
For people who become seriously ill with cancer and have a medical negligence claim, compensation may be very important for their quality of life. Compensation can enable them to have:
- Private medical treatment, avoiding delays and offering greater comfort than NHS hospitals
- Nursing care at home
- Help with housework
- Money to compensate for loss of earnings
Without compensation, many people may find they struggle to afford some or all of the above. This can make what’s already a tremendously difficult time in your life even harder to bear, so compensation really can be vital in these cases.
Where the patient sadly does not survive, a claim can provide for their dependants.
How Slater and Gordon Lawyers can help
As one of the UK’s largest consumer personal injury law firms, Slater and Gordon has extensive experience in medical and clinical negligence cases. This means that our solicitors are perfectly placed to help.
Our aim is to fight your corner and secure the compensation you’re entitled to, as quickly and with as little stress or hassle to you as possible. Our solicitors provide honest, realistic advice in plain language, without unnecessary legal jargon. We’ll also keep you updated with the progress of your case every step of the way.
Many of the solicitors at Slater and Gordon Lawyers are members of Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA), the UK charity for patient safety and justice, the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).