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Failure to biopsy lead to skin cancer and leg amputation

17 December 2019

skin cancer - medical negligence solicitor

Our client developed skin cancer from an ulcer that wasn't investigated properly by medical professionals and as a result needed an above knee amputation.

What happened: When our client went for a check up, medical professionals failed to carry out a biopsy in an area of her skin which had turned into an ulcer. Due to this negligence, our client developed a stage 3C and 2 squmous carcinoma which is a form of skin cancer. Our client then suffered some complications and developed an infected lymphocyst, a ruptured femoral artery in her right thigh and required her right leg to be amputated above the knee.  

Impact: Following the amputation, our client has suffered a significant decline in her mobility and hasn't been able to enjoy her retirement as she had planned.

How Slater and Gordon helped: This was a difficult case because there were some complex legal issues which we needed to overcome. However, once we'd worked through these, we managed to settle the case for our client for a six-figure sum which will enable her to secure the aids, equipment and adaptations to her home so she can regain her independence. 

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