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Skin cancer affects over 16,000 a year in the UK, yet has a high survival rate when caught in the earliest stage. Without an early diagnosis or correct treatment, skin cancer can progress and the outcome be much worse. If you’ve experienced an incorrect or late diagnosis, or received substandard care that has worsened your condition, we want to help you get your life back on track and receive the compensation you’re entitled to
Making a skin cancer compensation claim
Making a claim for medical negligence can seem overwhelming, especially when you’re already dealing with cancer. However, our medical negligence experts will manage the claim for you and handle your case with care and compassion from the very first call to the final settlement. An initial consultation will help us to determine if you have a case and from there we will:
- Tell you how much you may be entitled to
- Assign an expert lawyer to guide you through the entire process
- Investigate thoroughly to make sure we get the maximum compensation
- Take your skin cancer claim on a No Win No Fee basis so you don’t pay a penny up front
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What is a skin cancer compensation claim?
All medical professionals have a duty of care when diagnosing and treating patients. Any failure to provide adequate care is a breach of this duty and could be considered medical negligence. If there was a delay in the diagnosis or treatment of your skin cancer, and your skin cancer got worse because of this delay then this could be a case of medical negligence and you may be entitled to make a skin cancer compensation claim. You can make a claim for medical negligence no matter when it happened, from early appointments through to treatment. We have helped patients just like you claim for medical negligence at any time during their skin cancer diagnosis.
- Initial appointments – if a GP has not sent your for tests or ignored your concerns
- Referrals – any avoidable delays in referring you to a specialist or the correct test not being carried out at your referral appointment
- Diagnosis – you may have been misdiagnosed with a different illness or had your skin cancer staged incorrectly
- Treatment – this could include being prescribed the wrong course of treatment or one that was not aggressive enough, or too invasive for your particular cancer.
The impact of a skin cancer misdiagnosis can not only affect the outcome of your condition, but have a devastating effect on you and your loved ones. Which is why we are here to help you make a claim.
Types of skin cancer claims
There are three main types of skin cancer and a misdiagnosis, or medical negligence, can happen no matter what type of skin cancer you have.
- Basal cell carcinoma – usually shows as a bump on the skin which can look different in every patient.
- Squamous cell carcinoma – about 20 out of every 100 skin cancers is a squamous cell carcinoma and they usually show up in areas exposed to the sun.
- Melanoma – anecdotally the skin cancer we hear about most and the 5th most common cancer in the UK
Although each skin cancer may present with different signs and symptoms, all concerns should be properly investigated. If your GP suspects 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.
Signs and symptoms of skin cancer
Survival rates for stage 1 skin cancer are, on average, 93% compared to 53% when diagnosed at stage 4. This is why early detection, diagnosis and treatment is vital. If the signs are missed, or you were not sent for the correct tests after an initial appointment, your skin cancer could have become more advanced. Signs and symptoms include:
- A new mark on your skin that doesn’t go away, is unusual in shape or does not stop growing
- A spot that is oozing or bleeding, or is scabby and doesn’t heal
- A mark or cut that bleeds without being touched
- Red or swollen moles
- Misshapen moles
- Itchiness or pain on your skin that doesn’t go away
The only way to fully determine if you have skin cancer is with a biopsy. If you had any of these signs or symptoms and were not referred for a biopsy, you may have a claim for skin cancer compensation.
How do I know if I can claim?
It can be hard to understand if you are able to make a skin cancer compensation claim. In order to do so, it must be proven that any medical negligence had a direct impact on your skin cancer, either by making it worse or delaying treatment. We have helped thousands of clients claim compensation for skin cancer negligence. Examples of the most common claims are:
- 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 cancer
- Misinterpreted test results
- Misdiagnosis, where patients are diagnosed with the wrong type of cancer or do not have cancer
If you have experienced the damaging consequences of a skin cancer misdiagnosis, or any other kind of negligent care, we can explain if you have a claim and take you through your case step by step.
What can I expect?
Skin cancer is a very serious condition and treatment and recovery can be invasive. If your skin cancer could have been treated earlier and you have suffered avoidable consequences, compensation can help you to:
- Recoup any loss of earnings from time taken off work
- Pay for unexpected costs, like travel to and from appointments
- Access private healthcare or rehabilitation services
- Fund therapy or counselling for the pain and distress you have suffered
- Any aids or prosthesis if skin cancer has led to loss of mobility or amputation
There are no set figures for a skin cancer compensation settlement as every case will vary. Instructing a medical negligence lawyer to handle your case will ensure you get the maximum amount of compensation to help you recover or access support as quickly as possible.
Why Choose Us?
With a team of over 100 lawyers and 30 years experience in medical negligence, we can be trusted to handle your skin cancer claim. We have helped thousands of clients just like you all over the UK. Our experience includes not just NHS trusts but private clinics and institutions too. Many solicitors will cover a range of accident and injury claims; at Patient Claim Line we only take on medical negligence cases so that we can be the best at what we do, and help every person who has experienced misdiagnosis or malpractice, to get the compensation they deserve.
No Win No Fee Skin Cancer Claims
Every case we take on is on a no win no fee basis no matter what the circumstances. Not only do you have complete peace of mind knowing that you needn’t pay a penny upfront, but you also won’t pay anything if we do not win your case. Any fees you do eventually pay will be explained at the beginning of your claim to make sure you are happy. We may also apply for interim payments as part of your compensation claim, to help you with costs or financial stress arising from your skin cancer diagnosis.
Skin Cancer Support
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 from Cancer Research UK Skin Cancer Support or Macmillan Skin Cancer Support and Information . For local support, you can use the NHS Cancer Support Services.
Why Choose Patient Claim Line for your Skin Cancer Claim?
Not just lawyers — medical negligence experts
Patient Claim Line was established in 2014 and consists of a team of medical lawyers specialising in cancer negligence and general medical negligence claims.
At Patient Claim Line we have more than 100 solicitors with a 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.
Frequently asked questions about Skin Cancer Claims
Our expert legal team answer your questions about making a Skin Cancer Claim
Proving medical negligence comes down to cause and effect. It will need to be shown that when you experienced medical negligence, what happened to you afterwards was directly caused by this event. For example, if you received a delayed diagnosis some time after first complaining of symptoms, and this delay meant your cancer went from stage one to stage two, you could most likely make a claim. A specialist medical negligence solicitor would be able to access your medical records to demonstrate that what happened to you had a direct effect on your prognosis or treatment.
If you have found out that your skin cancer is terminal, you may be able to make a terminal illness misdiagnosis claim. Skin cancer can be aggressive and, in some cases, can spread in as little as six weeks. Even if your cancer is not terminal but your quality of life has been massively impacted and you have had to have much more invasive procedures to treat the cancer, you could still make a medical misdiagnosis claim.
Skin cancer can be misdiagnosed as less serious skin conditions like psoriasis or rosacea. Moles may be considered benign and believed to not pose a threat, whereas skin lesions can be mistaken for scabs or scars. There have even been instances where a mole was thought to be a type of fungus and not cancer. Skin cancer is more prevalent in people aged over 65, and so there are cases where it is misdiagnosed simply because the patient is not considered old enough to have skin cancer. It is also more common to get skin cancer in places that are exposed to the sun, so if it develops in a protected area, it could be dismissed as something else.
The NHS is an invaluable resource and we are very lucky to be able to access free healthcare. However, this does not mean that the healthcare we do receive should be below standard. We trust in medical professionals to help us get better. If there is a failure in diagnosis, treatment or care, it can have a detrimental impact on an individual’s life. When a claim is made against the NHS, there must be a full investigation into the circumstances of that claim. This leads to improved services for the next patient and more vigilance from anyone involved. It can also highlight serious misconduct which could be potentially life saving. Complaints to the NHS are often ignored or take a very long time. Instructing medical negligence lawyers can be the only way to get yourself heard and access help for your recovery.
If a loved one has suffered or has unfortunately passed away due to medical negligence in relation to skin cancer, you do have the right to make a claim on their behalf. Parents and legal guardians are able to make claims on behalf of children under the age of 18.
Meet our Skin Cancer Team
Rebecca is an Associate Solicitor who specialises in representing clients and their families in catastrophic and life changing clinical negligence claims. The majority of her case load is claims valued in excess of £500,000.
After graduating in Law in 2008 from Keele University, Becky completed her LPC and became a fully qualified Solicitor last year, specialising in Medical Negligence.
Rebecca has developed her skills and strengths dealing with complex issues including cases with withdrawal of indemnity in private practice, vicarious liability and delegable duties in medical services provided by out-sourced companies for the NHS and dealing with the death of Defendants prior to and post issuing Court proceedings.
Rebecca deals with a range of cases including fatal claims, orthopaedic claims including amputations and drop foot, avoidable and delay in diagnosis of cancer and spinal injuries. She has a particular interest in gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary cases. Rebecca’s current case load includes avoidable strokes, delay in diagnosis of antero-vascular fistulas, Fatal Accident claims, birth injuries including Erb’s palsy, above the knee amputations and complex cancer cases.
Rebecca prides herself in building lasting relationships with her clients and being the voice of the seriously injured when they need her the most.
“Rebecca was absolutely amazing throughout the whole process. She dealt with the case with such empathy and understanding and I was kept up to date at all times. Thank you so much”
“I have to say that all of you were very professional and supportive during the long 6 years, with a special mention to Rebecca who was a rock at particularly difficult times”
Acting on behalf of a lady who suffered an avoidable amputation as a result of being prescribed a contraceptive pill which was contraindicated in her circumstances. Achieved settlement of £2.5million.
Acting on behalf of a gentleman who received an incurred diagnosis leading to progressive spinal cord compression. Achieved settlement of over £1.5million.
Acting for a lady who was given incurred post-surgical advice resulting in an amputation. Achieved settlement of £850,000.
Acting for a lady who required bowel resection following a failure to manage her abdominal condition. Achieved settlement of £500,000.
Acting for a Minor who lost her Mother due to substandard treatment. Achieved settlement of £450,000.
Acting on behalf of a lady who suffered an avoidable stroke leaving her with profound ongoing difficulties. Achieved settlement of £380,000.
Acting for a lady who suffered surgical error during a gall bladder removal. Achieved settlement of £300,000.
Acting for a gentleman who, due to surgical error, sustained significant knee injuries. Achieved settlement of £250,000.
Acting for a lady who developed an avoidable stroke as a result of incorrect advice and treatment. Achieved settlement of £200,000.
Acting for a gentleman whose ruptured bicep tendon was not identified and treated during the treatment window. Achieved settlement of £100,000.
Senior Litigation Executive
Michael has worked in the clinical negligence field since 2008. Prior to joining our legal team, he worked for the NHS in Northern Ireland; dealing with high value and complex cases, as well as public enquiries and coroner’s court investigations.
Michael is a well-respected lawyer with decades of legal experience. He thrives when investigating and winning medical negligence claims, dealing with a very diverse range of injuries. From orthopaedic injuries, ophthalmic injuries, surgical and organ injuries; to dental injuries and psychiatric claims – Michael has experience in them all.
Passionate about client care, Michael is focused on securing the best results for his clients.
G W -v- Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust – Acting for the family of a man who passed away during negligent surgery, Michael secured £80,000 for his wife.
L S -v- Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – Michael managed to prove that the Defendant did not provide a ‘call bell’ to allow the client to call for assistance. We obtained telephone records to show that the client had to call the hospital from her bed; leading to a settlement in this case of negligent iron infusion.
Inquiry into Hyponatremia Related Deaths – Michael was involved with this Public Inquiry in Northern Ireland, assisting with the investigation. The Inquiry concluded with 96 recommendations for endemic changes, as well as disciplinary actions.
“Very helpful and professional. Thank you for everything.”
“Michael has been fantastic throughout. I really can’t fault anything.”
“If I could have given more than 10 out of 10, I most certainly would have. Excellent customer service. Kind, friendly and very, very professional. Many, many thanks.”
Publications & Accreditations
Partner, Senior Solicitor
Michael Gray is a Partner, Senior Solicitor & Team Leader in our Medical Negligence Department. With over 15 years experience, Michael is highly regarded in the field due to his thorough and compassionate approach.
Michael’s ultimate focus is always on client care. During his time here at Fletchers, he has achieved truly life changing settlements for his clients, which ensure that those individuals have their long-term needs provided for. Michael regularly receives excellent feedback from his clients, who can sometimes be sad to part on conclusion of their claim. With The Legal 500, he has been described as “a superstar…” with “…a wealth of experience in clinical litigation…” who “…heads up a team of very good lawyers who deal with cases of the most complexity and significant value.”. Michael and his team work on some of the most complex cases for our seriously injured clients, many of which take many years to resolve.
“Michael Gray is an outstanding solicitor: knowledgeable, a good communicator, hardworking and displays very good judgement in difficult cases.”
“Michael Gray is a very bright lawyer, sees through a case very well and understands the challenges and the strong points”
Notable Settled Cases
MS v Swansea Bay UHB, 2021
A client suffered a life changing stroke leading to profound disability because, of negligent cessation of Warfarin before an angiogram. Settlement £4.3m capitalised.
KB v Solent NHS (1) Portsmouth NHS Foundation Trust, 2020
Client developed Cauda Equina Syndrome after a physiotherapist failed refer to a spinal surgeon. Settlement of £900,000.
KM v Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS FT, 2019
Client developed Cauda Equina Syndrome as a result of a failure to swab for MRSA and further failings on the part of GPs. Settlement of £1,850,000.
DS v North Tees and Hartlepool NHS FT, 2019
Client developed Cauda Equina Syndrome following a failure to manage him accordingly resulting in a delay in treatment. Settlement of £1,250,000.
- Key member of the newly formed Clinical Negligence Panel, 2022
Jennifer is a Solicitor who specialises in Medical Negligence. Jennifer has worked in Medical Negligence across the North of England and joined the Manchester office in 2018. Jennifer has a recognition of the suffering that customers have already been through and the support that they may need through their claim and prides herself on giving the very best customer service. Jennifer works in team 14 and has a wide range of experience, particularly in delayed diagnosis of cancer claims, shoulder and eye injuries.
Outside of the office Jennifer is a Trustee of Warrington Youth Rowing, a charity which currently works with children receiving pupil premium in over 20 schools across Cheshire and Merseyside. The charity aims to help the participants to develop a wide range of life skills such as time keeping, team work and commitment as well as improving their self-confidence.
Highlights of recently settled cases
C v Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board – 2020 – £90,000.00 for a 76 year old who suffered with a gastric ulcer which was not monitored. They lost the opportunity for an early diagnosis of gastric cancer which would have been curative and were only able to receive palliative chemotherapy. Their life expectancy was reduced by five years.
AO (deceased) v Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust -2020 – £90,000.00 for a 77 year old who suffered a deterioration of their cardiac function when they were lost to cardiac follow up. Their deterioration during this time lead to their premature death in 2018.
H v United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust -2021 – £300,000.00 for a 62 year old who suffered negligent treatment leaving them with only 5% vision in their left eye which caused depression and their premature retirement from their job as a carer.
W v St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust -2022 – £137,000.00 for a 47 year old for the poor management of their skin cancer which metastasised. Their life expectancy was estimated to be less than 12 months beyond settlement.
R v Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board -2022 – £34,000.00 for a 84 year old who suffered subsidence of their total hip replacement and a grade 3 pressure sore which continued to cause pain at settlement. Causation was disputed
“Jennifer was Fantastic, she deserves a medal!
“From beginning to end if I ever needed to call her, she was there. Sometimes I called her and I got upset about losing my husband- she understood and was so lovely to me. I’ve already recommended Fletchers to my friends. Thank you so much”
“My agent Jennifer has been a godsend!! She has been the main person that I have had contact with, she has been reassuring, understanding and compassionate. She has answered all my questions and she asked me questions I didn’t even think of! I’ve been very happy with the service so far as my case is ongoing. Jennifer is a credit to your company, thank you”.
“Thank you for everything you have done. You have been nothing but outstanding and a credit to the practice! Thank you once again”.
“The level of communication has been excellent. I have been dealing with Jennifer Argent who has been phenomenal. I would highly recommend Fletchers”.
“Jennifer has been extremely patient with me. Despite the long and stressful nature of this case, she’s always there to keep me up-to-date and answer any questions I have. Outstanding”
“Jennifer has been lovely and amazing and explain everything in a way that was easy for me to understand”
“My case handler Jennifer Argent has been fantastic throughout, my case has not been simple and has ended up being quite drawn out but Jennifer worked diligently and got the best outcome.”
“Made me feel at ease at all times especially when listening to my story of what happened and always feel the best is being done. Thank you very much, would highly recommend
“Jennifer is a first class solicitor all round”
“Jennifer Argent was amazing, she really connected with how I felt, what happened and made me feel reassured all the way through. She kept me fully updated with where we were and what happens next. She did an amazing job and I will always ben thankful for all the help and work that was put in. I would definitely recommend should anyone need to consult in them and a massive thanks again to all involved”
"Now we have peace of mind"
My husband, Nick, went back and forth to the doctors for a long time and tried everything the doctor recommended. But his illness got worse, to the point that he was in agony.
In the end we got so desperate that we asked for a referral. The doctor was reluctant, so we had to consult a private hospital. That’s when we found out there was a tumour. It took years from the onset of his illness to finally start cancer treatment.
He used to be a man with a lot to live for, but in the end he was in so much pain that he withdrew from the family. He became angry that nobody had helped him sooner, and the legal team were able to give him the validation that he was desperately seeking. The NHS confirmed if they had done more, Nick would still be alive today.