I am instructed by a gentleman who has squamous cell carcinoma; a form of skin cancer.
He had suffered from verrucas for most of his adult life. In early 2009 he thought one of the verrucas had formed an abscess and was referred to a dermatologist. He remained under dermatology care as an outpatient and when the abscess continued to be problematic the dermatologists involved plastic surgeons for further opinion. Despite various multidisciplinary meetings, no-one thought to consider cancer and a biopsy was not performed until July 2011; over 2 years later. By this stage, the cancer was so advanced that he had to have his foot amputated. The delay had meant he had missed out on far less invasive treatments and now faces the rest of his life with a significant disability.
Many of the cancer cases we deal with in our medical negligence department centre around GPs failing to make an appropriate referral. The Defendant's failing for this particular gentleman is amplified by the fact that he was already under the care of the very professionals who should have been considering cancer as a potential cause and performing early biopsies.Iona Millais is a solicitor specialising in clinical negligence. If you or a member of your family have a clinical negligence enquiry please call our expert clinical negligence solicitors on 0800 916 9049, fill in our short online claim form or email firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our specialist clinical negligence team will be in touch.