Skin Cancer Claims

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Peter Rigby, Director of Medical Neglience

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Skin cancer affects over 16,000 a year in the UK and when caught in the earliest stage, 100% of people with melanoma skin cancer will survive for 1 year or more. Without an early diagnosis or correct treatment, skin cancer can become devastating. If you’ve experienced an incorrect diagnosis, a late diagnosis, or received substandard care that has worsened your condition, we want to help you to put your life back on track and receive the compensation that you may be entitled to. 

 

 

SKIN CANCER AND MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE

 

Cases of skin cancer impacted by medical negligence can occur when medical professionals fail in their duty of care, providing inadequate treatment and sometimes misdiagnosis. This can cause the condition to become life threatening in severe cases. If you have experienced the damaging consequences of a skin cancer misdiagnosis, you could be entitled to compensation for your physical and psychological suffering. 

 

Our skin cancer claims solicitors have represented and supported many patients, with common   claims including:

  • Missed symptoms or failure to recognise skin cancer symptoms, leading to a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis. 
  • Failure to make a fast and appropriate referral to a specialist
  • Avoidable complications during treatment and care.
  • A negligent error in the diagnosing and staging of your cancer.
  • Misinterpreted test results.
  • Misdiagnosis, where patients are diagnosed with the wrong type of cancer or do not have cancer.

 

What is the impact of skin cancer negligence?

Catching skin cancer early is crucial to a patient’s recovery. If your GP suspects that you have skin cancer, they will need to decide whether to refer you to a specialist and in some cases, an urgent referral might be required. In England, if an urgent suspected cancer referral is made, you should see a specialist within 2 weeks.

If there was a delay in the diagnosis or treatment of your skin cancer, it could have a significant impact on your wellbeing. Not only can it impact the outcome of your condition, but it can also cause unnecessary distress to you and your loved ones.

How to make a claim

Making a claim for medical negligence can seem overwhelming, especially when you’re already dealing with cancer. However, our medical negligence experts can manage the claim for you.

You can make a claim for skin cancer compensation if you have received the wrong cancer diagnosis, suffered a late diagnosis of cancer or have been mistreated for your cancer. Claims can be made against the NHS or private health institutions.

Get in touch with our medical negligence experts now to start your claim.

Is there a time limit on making a skin cancer claim?

If you feel you have suffered negligence in relation to your skin cancer diagnosis or treatment, as a general rule you have 3 years from the “date of knowledge” in which to make your claim for Medical Negligence. The “date of knowledge” is the date when you first found out or became aware that a mistake has been made.

If you or the person the mistake happened to is, or was under the age of 18 at the time the incident occurred, then the time limit is three years from the date of their 18th birthday (i.e. their 21st birthday).

If the person the mistake happened to does not have the mental capacity to recognise the mistake, there can be no time limit.

 

RESOURCES FOR SKIN CANCER PATIENTS 

 

If you or a loved one is suffering with a recent skin cancer diagnosis, it is important to seek support and make sure that you don’t have to suffer alone. A good starting point would be to access resources such as: 

Cancer Research UK Skin Cancer Support 

Macmillan Skin Cancer Support and Information 

 

For local support, you can access the NHS Cancer Support Services 

 

 

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What is the impact of skin cancer negligence?

Catching skin cancer early is crucial to a patient’s recovery. If your GP suspects that you have skin cancer, they will need to decide whether to refer you to a specialist and in some cases, an urgent referral might be required. In England, if an urgent suspected cancer referral is made, you should see a specialist within 2 weeks.

If there was a delay in the diagnosis or treatment of your skin cancer, it could have a significant impact on your wellbeing. Not only can it impact the outcome of your condition, but it can also cause unnecessary distress to you and your loved ones.

How to make a claim

Making a claim for medical negligence can seem overwhelming, especially when you’re already dealing with cancer. However, our medical negligence experts can manage the claim for you.

You can make a claim for skin cancer compensation if you have received the wrong cancer diagnosis, suffered a late diagnosis of cancer or have been mistreated for your cancer. Claims can be made against the NHS or private health institutions.

Get in touch with our medical negligence experts now to start your claim.

Is there a time limit on making a skin cancer claim?

If you feel you have suffered negligence in relation to your skin cancer diagnosis or treatment, as a general rule you have 3 years from the “date of knowledge” in which to make your claim for Medical Negligence. The “date of knowledge” is the date when you first found out or became aware that a mistake has been made.

If you or the person the mistake happened to is, or was under the age of 18 at the time the incident occurred, then the time limit is three years from the date of their 18th birthday (i.e. their 21st birthday).

If the person the mistake happened to does not have the mental capacity to recognise the mistake, there can be no time limit.

 

RESOURCES FOR SKIN CANCER PATIENTS 

 

If you or a loved one is suffering with a recent skin cancer diagnosis, it is important to seek support and make sure that you don’t have to suffer alone. A good starting point would be to access resources such as: 

Cancer Research UK Skin Cancer Support 

Macmillan Skin Cancer Support and Information 

 

For local support, you can access the NHS Cancer Support Services 

 

 

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Georgia Briscoe

Georgia Briscoe
Director of Legal Strategy and Transformation

Georgia is one of our Directors of Medical Negligence and has an impressive wealth of knowledge. She has over 15 years of legal experience and is responsible for overseeing the whole medical negligence team.

Georgia prides herself on the development of her team and aims to ensure that everyone in the department shares the same passion, tenacity and drive to get the best possible result for the injured patient.

Georgia is in charge of the day to day operational running of our largest medical negligence department, working hard to ensure a self-sustainable future for the team. Georgia is heavily involved in developing Fletchers’ nationwide reputation as medical negligence experts, alongside ensuring that all of our cases are dealt with the utmost efficiency and professionalism.

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Patient Claim Line was established in 2014 and consists of a team of medical lawyers specialising in medical negligence and misdiagnosis claims.

At Patient Claim Line we have more than 100 solicitors with combined experience of over 400 years and they will work on your behalf to achieve the best result possible for you.

It's not enough to use a solicitor who sometimes covers medical negligence. You need someone who knows this area through and through. That is what the solicitors here at Patient Claim Line do. They deal exclusively in this area of law and are experts in the field.


Meet the team

Georgia Briscoe

Georgia Briscoe
Director of Legal Strategy and Transformation

Georgia is one of our Directors of Medical Negligence and has an impressive wealth of knowledge. She has over 15 years of legal experience and is responsible for overseeing the whole medical negligence team.

Georgia prides herself on the development of her team and aims to ensure that everyone in the department shares the same passion, tenacity and drive to get the best possible result for the injured patient.

Georgia is in charge of the day to day operational running of our largest medical negligence department, working hard to ensure a self-sustainable future for the team. Georgia is heavily involved in developing Fletchers’ nationwide reputation as medical negligence experts, alongside ensuring that all of our cases are dealt with the utmost efficiency and professionalism.

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Bilal Qasim

Bilal Qasim
Team Leader/Senior Solicitor

Having joined Patient Claim Line in 2017, Bilal is a Clinical Negligence Solicitor with extensive experience in the medical negligence field. He has recently qualified as an internationally and nationally accredited mediator, recognised by the Civil Mediation Council, International Mediation Institute and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Bilal has been recognised for his excellent client work, having received the ‘Customer Award’ at our annual awards evening.

Having had continuous exposure to medical negligence claims throughout his career, Bilal has developed a large skillset, enabling him to bring matters to time-efficient, amicable solutions. Bilal completes a formal assessment of each case and strategically plans the progression of the case, ensuring all cases within his team run smoothly and that our customers receive the justice they deserve.

Bilal was also the recipient of the Customer Feedback Champion award in 2019.

 

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Jennifer Argent

Jennifer Argent
Medical Negligence Solicitor

Jennifer joined the team in 2018 with a wealth of experience of working in Medical Negligence in several firms across the North of England. As a Solicitor, Jennifer has an in-depth knowledge of the law and a recognition of the suffering that customers have already been through and the support that they may need through their claim. She works efficiently to achieve the best outcome for her customers. She has a wide range of experience within Medical Negligence and has particular expertise in delayed diagnoses of cancer, shoulder and eye injuries.

 

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Kate Goodman

Kate Goodman
Senior Litigation Executive

Admitted to the roll of Solicitors in 2016, Kate is a Senior Litigation Executive at Patient Claim Line. She handles cases through to settlement or issuing. Within the team she is responsible for corresponding with customers and experts to ensure cases are conducted in a proactive and effective manner. Kate provides support and guidance to the team to deliver an outstanding service to our customers.

 

 

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