Pancreatic cancer claims
Mistakes made when treating or diagnosing pancreatic cancer can be devastating. If you’ve suffered as a result of medical negligence, Slater and Gordon’s specialist legal experts can help get the compensation you deserve.
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When does pancreatic cancer become a medical negligence claim?
If pancreatic cancer is treated in time, the chances of recovery are good. However, if there are substantial delays the cancer may spread and can become life threatening.
If a medical professional fails to treat you correctly, which causes significant delays, and the cancer grows or spreads, you may be entitled to claim compensation due to medical negligence.
How is pancreatic cancer diagnosed and treated?
If your GP suspects you have pancreatic cancer, they will usually refer you to a specialists and have tests carried out to investigate further. Tests would usually include an ultrasound scan, a CT, scan an MRI scan or a PET-CT scan. Depending on the results of the scan, you may be asked to undertake further tests, including a biopsy. If cancer is discovered, it can be treated with chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy. Surgery may also be advised.
What are the most common causes of delays?
In the majority, medical professionals provide patients with a high standard of care. However, there are occasions when mistakes do happen which cause delays which can be life-threatening. The most common causes of delays are:
- Failure to recognise symptoms, such as pain, weight loss, jaundice and fever
- Failure to carry out adequate examinations or tests
- Failure to advise a patient to return if their symptoms persist or worsen
- Mistakes by pathologists who examine the tissue under a microscope
- Mistakes by radiologists who interpret x-rays and scans
How do I make a medical negligence claim for pancreatic cancer?
Our medical negligence team are one of the best in the country and are highly ranked in independent legal guides, Chambers and Partners and Legal 500.
The team are highly experienced in dealing with negligent cancer claims can provide you with the best possible service, not only ensuring that you get the best outcome to your case, but can ensure you get the treatment and additional support you need to assist with your recovery.
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