Brain Cancer Negligence Compensation Claims Solicitors
Every year, around 12,000 people are diagnosed with brain cancer in the UK alone.
Despite how common the condition is, it is still widely misunderstood and is often misdiagnosed by professionals. This is especially concerning given that an early diagnosis and early treatment are the best options for patients with brain cancer.
For example, children who are suffering with brain cancer may experience a delayed diagnosis or even a misdiagnosis on the basis of their age and in spite of showing some of the more common symptoms of brain cancer.
No matter the age of the patient, however, everyone deserves the highest level of care.
When healthcare professionals overlook signs of brain cancer which would have been evident to another doctor in the same circumstances (with the same patient exhibiting the same symptoms in the same way) then any harm experienced by the patient as a result of this misdiagnosis could calodate a cancer misdiagnosis claim.
If you, or someone close to you, have experienced something similar, then you could be entitled to compensation. By choosing the right medical negligence solicitors to support you through the process, you can give yourself the best possible chance of making a successful claim.
Why choose SDS Solicitors?
In addition to physical, emotional, and mental trauma, brain cancer negligence can have a major financial impact on your life and on the lives of your loved ones.
Our professionals have extensive expertise in counselling and helping victims of brain cancer misdiagnosis. After all, we have been doing it for decades.
At SDS Solicitors, what sets us apart is that we recognise that it is impossible to place a monetary value on the trauma caused by a brain cancer misdiagnosis. However, if you have the right solicitor by your side, correctly filing a claim for compensation that takes into account the full extent of the harm caused is significantly more straightforward.
Contact us today for experienced advice regarding your case, including whether you may have a claim and how much you may be entitled to. Simply call the number at the top of this page or fill out our contact form to get in touch with us.
What are the symptoms of a brain tumour?
There are two primary forms of brain tumours: malignant and benign.
A diagnosis of brain tumour is not necessarily fatal, and brain tumours are not always indicative of malignancy. Certain tumours are benign as opposed to malignant. Meningioma, the most common type of brain tumour (30% of all occurrences), is typically benign, and depending on its presentation, the patient may not require surgery.
These are low grade (Grade 1 or 2), meaning that these benign tumours will typically grow slowly and are less likely to recur following therapy.
These are high grade (Grade 3 or 4) tumours that originate in the brain or spread to the brain from elsewhere, and, unlike benign tumours, they are more likely to recur following therapy.
Unfortunately, any region of the brain or spinal cord is susceptible to tumour development. With more than 130 unique variations, they are typically named after the type of cell from which they originate.
Primary brain tumours are malignancies that originate in the brain. Meanwhile, secondary brain cancer or brain metastases refers to cancer that has spread from another part of the body to the brain.
Each year, over 11,000 adults in the United Kingdom are diagnosed with a brain tumour. The most prevalent type of adult brain tumours is called glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).
Symptoms of brain cancer in adults include:
- Loss or reduction of senses (specifically sight, taste and smell)
- Nausea and dizziness
Approximately 500 children and adolescents in the United Kingdom are diagnosed with a brain tumour every year.
As well as the above symptoms, children and young people with brain cancer may also experience:
- Modified behaviour
- Issues with nausea, vomiting and balance
- Improper head posture
- Delayed puberty
It is absolutely essential that doctors are extremely thorough and careful when examining and diagnosing their patients. Unfortunately, mistakes can and do still happen, and brain cancer can be misdiagnosed by healthcare professionals.
How is brain cancer misdiagnosed?
When you present signs of a malignant brain tumour to your doctor, they should order and/or perform testing and neurological examinations. You should also be referred to a neurologist for additional testing.
This further testing can include, for example, an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). MRI scans are particularly efficient at detecting brain tumours. In fact, when a brain tumour is present, it will nearly always be visible on an MRI. CT scans, blood tests and biopsies are also utilised to identify brain cancer.
However, for this technology to work, the patient must first be referred for further testing by their doctor. Without this essential referral, the patient’s condition could be misdiagnosed.
A misdiagnosis of a brain tumour can also be caused by:
- Incorrect understanding of test results and brain scans
- Failure to follow up on results from tests
- Incorrectly analysing the brain cancer's stage or true location.
- Failure or excessive delays in referring a patient with brain cancer to a certified specialist
These are just some of the ways that a brain cancer misdiagnosis can occur. In many cases, this kind of medical misdiagnosis is outside of the doctor’s control, meaning that, through no fault of their own, there was insufficient evidence of a brain tumour at the time of diagnosis.
Nevertheless, a brain cancer misdiagnosis becomes negligent when your doctor or healthcare team do not follow the correct procedures in some way in the lead up to, during or after your brain cancer misdiagnosis, leading you to experience additional and unnecessary harm.
A person may even file a claim for brain injury medical negligence based on surgical negligence during brain surgery. For instance, if you need to undergo brain surgery to remove a cancerous tumour and the surgeon or aides make a significant error that results in severe brain damage or perhaps death, a medical negligence claim may be filed.
Brain cancer can be such a difficult condition to live with. Getting the correct diagnosis as soon as possible is essential given that so many of its symptoms can have such a large and negative impact on a patient’s quality of life, and because the condition can be fatal.
Without the diagnosis, then the patient will not receive the treatment they need, and their tumour may be left long enough to grow and cause further damage. When cancer cells become too large and spread to other places of the body, the problem may no longer be treatable.
If you, or someone close to you, have experienced physical, emotional or financial harm as a result of receiving insufficient care during or after your misdiagnosis / diagnosis, then you could be entitled to compensation.
To find out for sure, get in touch with one of our experts today by calling the number at the top of this page.
What conditions may brain cancer be mistaken for?
Brain cancer can frequently be misdiagnosed as a variety of other illnesses. For example, a malignant brain tumour may be incorrectly identified as:
Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a condition affecting the brain and spinal cord. While its symptoms are comparable to those of brain tumours, each individual affected may exhibit unique symptoms. MS is often difficult for doctors to diagnose due to the lack of a specific diagnostic test. In these instances, a neurologist must remain cautious and do the required tests to guarantee the correct diagnosis.
When the majority of your symptoms consist of severe and persistent headaches, a migraine could be misdiagnosed in the absence of appropriate diagnostics. This results in a delay in the accurate diagnosis, which can be fatal.
The illness may be misinterpreted as a stroke if the pressure exerted by the tumour on certain regions of the brain results in symptoms resembling those of a stroke, such as confusion, imbalance, and severe headaches.
It is also possible for brain cancer to be misdiagnosed as sinusitis, particularly when the initial signs of brain tumour are minor. When these symptoms become more chronic after a few weeks, a thorough examination must be conducted.
If you have been diagnosed with brain cancer after an initial misdiagnosis of one of these conditions (or of another condition not listed here) then you could be entitled to compensation. To find out for sure, get in touch with our experts by filling out our contact form.
How much money am I entitled to?
Each year, over 12,000 people are diagnosed with a primary brain tumour, including 500 children and adolescents — that's 33 every day.
Meanwhile, over 5,300 people every year are killed by brain tumours.
Because of the severity of the disease, a misdiagnosis can have an enormous impact on a patient’s life, and the amount of compensation you can get for your brain cancer compensation claim is not fixed, but will vary from case to case.
The compensation amount you will receive will depend on certain factors such as the severity of your injuries, any other physical harm you might have suffered as well as any emotional stress you were caused.
Any associated loss of earnings, including any travel expenses or financial costs you have incurred as a result of the misdiagnosis will also be taken into account.
But financial freedom isn’t the only potential benefit of making a claim.
By making a claim, you can ensure that measures and guidelines are put in place so that such mistakes are prevented from happening again.
What are my next steps?
No amount of money could ever “make up for” the harm that brain cancer negligence can cause. Not just for the patient, but also for their loved ones.
No one should be harmed by the mistakes of their healthcare team. And yet, finding the time and resources to make a claim is extremely challenging.
At SDS, we are committed to supporting you through the entire process.
Take advantage of our decades of experience in advocating for victims of brain cancer misdiagnosis across England and Wales and get in touch with us today.
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