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Skin cancer misdiagnosis claims
Skin cancer is a very common form of cancer. There is a high cure rate for the same but, as with all cancers, quick diagnosis and treatment is essential. If you feel that a healthcare professional has let you down in that respect and their delay in taking action has affected your quality of life, Potter Rees Dolan is here to help you and your family secure compensation for your suffering and any impact on your future.
Having cancer is a terrifying experience, but it can be made even more stressful and frustrating if you know that your cancer hasn’t been diagnosed quickly enough, or that treatment has been delayed through no fault of your own.
We understand that a late diagnosis means reduced treatment options and, therefore, sadly often a worse outcome. This is why you shouldn’t hesitate to make a claim. Our work will help you get the financial and emotional support you need to improve your quality of life, and to provide for you and your family in the future.
Helen Dolan, one of the top clinical negligence solicitors in the country, heads up our clinical negligence team. Helen, like many of our other solicitors, features in the renowned Legal 500 and Chambers 2018 guides. So you can rest assured that your compensation claim is in safe hands with us.
If you would like to speak to us about a skin cancer misdiagnosis claim, speak to our team today on 0800 027 2557. If you’d like to send us an email instead, fill in our online contact form and a member of our team will be in touch. If you want to speak to someone specific, view our people page for more information.
What is skin cancer?
Skin cancer falls into three main categories:
- Malignant melanoma- malignant melanoma is a cancer of the pigment cells of the skin which can invade the skin around them and may also spread to other areas such as the lymph nodes, liver and lungs
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma- this is a non-melanoma skin cancers and is the second most common type of skin cancer in the UK.
- Basal Cell Carcinoma- this is also a non-melanoma skin cancer, and is the most common type (> 80%) of all skin cancer in the UK
Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer, and it is on the increase in the UK, where more than 100,000 new cases are diagnosed every single year.
Causes of skin cancer
It is known that overexposure to the sun can cause skin cancer. However, there are other, lesser-known causes, including:
- A family history of specific skin cancers - research has shown that some non-melanoma skin cancers may have a higher likelihood of developing than normal. For instance, if your parents had a squamous cell skin cancer (SCC), you may have an increased risk of developing that specific type of cancer
- Overuse of sunbeds - much like the sun, sunbeds produce ultraviolet light, which damages the skin. Therefore, research has proven that using a sunbed repeatedly can cause melanoma
- Existing skin conditions - sufferers of specific skin conditions, for example psoriasis, solar keratosis and eczema, could be more likely to develop skin cancer
- Specific chemicals - some jobs and working with particular substances, such as soot, creosote, petroleum products, shale oils and arsenic, can increase your risk of skin cancer.
Treating skin cancer
Treating skin cancer depends on exactly where the cancer is, how big it is and your general health. It also depends on what type of cancer you have, and whether it is a melanoma or non-melanoma form of skin cancer.
For some people, surgically removing the cancer is an option. Other people have radiotherapy, which blasts the cancer with high energy waves to eliminate cancer cells. Other treatments include chemotherapy, which destroys cancer cells at their source. Finally, photodynamic therapy (PDT) uses a combination of drugs and a special type of light to destroy cancer cells.
The types of complications skin cancer patients suffer largely depend on the type of skin cancer they have. Typical complications include:
- Recurrence of cancer, if you’ve already had it
- Local recurrence, where cancer cells spread to nearby tissues in your body
- Metastasis, where the cancer spreads to muscles, nerves, or your internal organs
- In some cases, death
Treating skin cancer effectively relies on identifying and treating it quickly. Sometimes, the standard of medical care you would expect from your healthcare professional falls short of what you are entitled to expect and, as a consequence, you may be a victim of clinical negligence.
Examples of medical negligence relating to skin cancer include:
- Failure to identify cancer within a reasonable period of time and before it becomes terminal or more difficult to cure/manage
- Failure to remove cancerous lumps fully when undergoing surgery
- Failure to diagnose symptoms of skin cancer
- Failure to refer you to specialist
- Failure to properly conduct and/or report skin cancer tests
How we can help
We’ve earned a reputation as one of the very best clinical negligence solicitor firms in the country. Besides obtaining favourable results for most of our clients, the compassion and dedication our team demonstrates in their day-to-day work sets us apart from other law firms.
Potter Rees Dolan specialises in helping people with serious injuries and disabilities, so you can rest assured that you will deal with experienced solicitors who aim to make the whole claims process as stress-free as possible for you and your loved ones.
Helen Dolan, head of the clinical negligence team is described by a source as ‘formidable in her knowledge of law and medicine’. The source goes on to add: ‘She’s one of the best clinical negligence solicitors in Manchester.’
Lesley Herbertson, according to Chambers 2018 ‘plays a crucial role in many of the firm's diverse clinical negligence cases.’ A commentator praises her ‘understanding of cases and the way she moves cases forward.’
Gill Edwards is described as being ‘well regarded’ for work on catastrophic injury in both adults and children. Her background as a registered general nurse aids her in issues of medical negligence. One source notes that ‘she is really lovely with clients, very thorough, and has a warm personality.’
We can fund your case on a ‘no win, no fee basis’. If for some reason, we aren’t successful securing compensation for your claim, you won’t owe us a penny. If you have an insurance policy that can cover legal expenses, we’ll let you know whether you can use it to fund your case. If not, we’ll explain why we can’t use your existing insurance and put in place a ‘no win, no fee’ arrangement instead.
What happens next
When we take on your case, we’ll discuss all the circumstances around your case in detail and help you understand if we are able to proceed or not. If we can show that you have a claim, we will help you gather all the evidence we will need in support. We will work with you to ensure that you have the best chance of recovering all of the compensation that and your family will need in order to reflect the injury and loss that you have suffered
As we’re gathering evidence, we will obtain your medical records. Once we have them and considered them in detail, we’ll work with independent experts to argue, on your behalf, how you have been a victim of clinical negligence. After that, we’ll initiate court proceedings to recover compensation as quickly as we can.
We’ll also try to explore opportunities for interim payments to be made, or even settle your case early for an appropriate amount of compensation.
Talk to us today
Skin cancer is an illness that can have devastating consequences for you and your loved ones. If it is identified and treated early, the worst of the cancer can be avoided. However, if the negligence of healthcare professionals mean your cancer goes undiagnosed, or misdiagnosed, the consequences can be fatal.
Find out how we can help you by contacting us on 0800 027 2557. If you’d prefer to speak to us over email, fill out our contact form on this page here. If there’s somebody specific you’d like to speak to, please find their profile on our people page.