Liver Cancer Misdiagnosis & Claims for Negligent Treatment of Liver Cancer
A diagnosis of liver cancer is incredibly distressing - but if you then find out that your cancer could, and should have been diagnosed earlier or treated in a more effective way, it can be absolutely devastating.
If you are facing liver cancer, swift diagnosis and suitable treatment is absolutely crucial, and every day counts.
If you feel that your cancer has been missed, or that your treatment has been negligent, you may be able to make a claim for Liver Cancer Negligence. Sheldon Davidson Solicitors have a team of legal experts with many years of experience of helping people who have been misdiagnosed or treated negligently during care for Cancer of the Liver.
What can I claim compensation for?
Prompt diagnosis and treatment for liver cancer has a direct impact on your prognosis. If your quality of life, or life expectancy, has been affected due to medical negligence or misdiagnosis, this can be taken into account when calculating your claim.
It is possible that as a result of your liver cancer misdiagnosis that you may face unforeseen expenses, such as medical treatment or care, or loss of earnings where your condition has affected your ability to work. Each claim is different, and the amount you can claim will depend on your specific circumstances; if you have any queries or want to find out whether you have a case, one of our legal experts can walk you through your options, with no obligation.
Who can claim?
If you have received a delayed, missed or inaccurate diagnosis of liver cancer, you may be able to make a claim for liver cancer misdiagnosis. You may also be able to make a claim on behalf of someone if they are a close relation, or if you were financially dependent on them. Talk to our experts today – following a free initial consultation we will be able to assess your situation and let you know quickly whether you will be able to make a claim.
Is there a time limit for making a claim surrounding Liver Cancer care?
Generally speaking, you have 3 years from the time of misdiagnosis to make a claim for medical negligence. This starts from the time that you become aware that you have been misdiagnosed, even though this may in fact be some time after the actual misdiagnosis took place. If you think that you may have grounds to make a claim, speak to us as soon as you can - the sooner you take advice, the sooner we can get to work on your case.
What counts as misdiagnosis of Liver Cancer and is it common?
Each year, over 6000 people are diagnosed with liver cancer. Your overall chances of surviving primary liver cancer (cancer that starts in the liver, rather than spreads to the liver from elsewhere in the body) depend on several factors, including your age, general health, and most importantly, the stage at which you are diagnosed. The treatment you will need, and the chances of it being successful depend on how quickly you are diagnosed, so it is incredibly important that you receive the correct care and treatment from the moment you present to a medical professional with concerns or symptoms.
However, we know that not everyone gets the thorough care that they need, leaving patients suffering for longer, or tragically facing a terminal diagnosis if their condition has worsened as a result. If the care that you have received has fallen below the standards reasonably expected from a medical professional, and your treatment or diagnosis has been delayed as a result, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation.
There are many scenarios in which a misdiagnosis of liver cancer can occur:
- You visit your GP with concerns over symptoms, but they fail to adequately examine you, or to refer you for further investigations.
- Your condition isn’t identified or is wrongly diagnosed as something else.
- An abnormal test result isn’t correctly followed up, or your test results where misread or misinterpreted.
- Your referral to a specialist was delayed unnecessarily
- Having been diagnosed with liver cancer, your treatment was delayed.
- When exploring treatment options following your diagnosis, your doctor failed to fully explain all the options available to you, and the risks associated with each one.
- During surgery to treat your liver cancer, the procedure was not carried out with the minimum level of skill or care, meaning that the cancer continued to spread, or to cause damage to other organs.
- You were told that you have liver cancer, when in fact, you did not. Thankfully, whilst rare, it is not unheard of for a person to be incorrectly told that they have liver cancer, and that they only have a limited time left to live, leading to extreme distress and trauma.
This is not an exhaustive list – there are other situations not listed here that might make you eligible to make a claim for liver cancer misdiagnosis. If you are in any doubt about whether what has happened to you constitutes medical negligence, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for a free initial consultation.
Our experts have extensive knowledge of liver cancer misdiagnosis; we will be able to tell you whether you have good grounds to make a claim, and to help you with the next steps if you do.
What are the causes of Liver Cancer?
The liver is the second largest organ in the body, carrying out a complex number of tasks crucial to our health and survival. The liver:
- stores nutrients
- converts fat to energy
- produces bile, which helps with the digestion and absorption of food
- produces proteins
- helps to clot the blood
- breaks down harmful substances.
There are several different types of liver cancer. Primary cancers include:
- hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most commonly diagnosed form of liver cancer
- fibrolamellar cancer, a less common type of hepatocellular carcinoma
- bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma)
- angiosarcoma (or haemangiosarcoma), which is extremely rare
- hepatoblastoma, which is a rare cancer affecting children.
Secondary liver cancer occurs when a cancer begins in another part of the body but spreads to the liver. Whilst liver cancer is relatively rare in the UK, rates are increasing, and it can be challenging to treat. There are a number of factors that can heighten the risk of developing liver cancer, including age, lifestyle, family history and environmental factors, although it is worth noting that these factors don’t mean that you will necessarily go on to develop liver cancer.
Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver caused by damage, which can impact the way that the liver functions. It can be caused by infection, long term use of alcohol, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) or certain inherited diseases.
Smoking increases your risk of developing liver cancer; roughly 20% of liver cancer cases in the UK are attributable to smoking.
More than 20% of liver cancer cases in the UK are attributable to being overweight or obese.
Excessive alcohol consumption can damage the liver, increasing the risk of developing liver cancer. When heavy drinking is combines with other risk factors such as having the hepatitis B or C virus elevates the risk further.
Non-Alcoholic fatty liver disease
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) causes a build-up of fat in the liver, which can cause damage, potentially leading to cirrhosis.
Being infected long term with the hepatitis B or C virus damages the liver, and therefore may increase the risk of developing primary liver cancer. Drinking alcohol if you have hepatitis can also exacerbate the risk of developing liver cancer.
People with diabetes have a higher risk of developing liver cancer possibly due to higher insulin levels, or because of damage to the liver caused by the disease.
HIV or AIDS
People who have HIV or AIDS may have a higher risk of liver cancer, probably due to having lower immunity levels. When the body has less capability to fight infection the potential risk of cirrhosis, and possibly liver cancer increases.
Having Gallstones or the gallbladder removed
People who have had gallstones or have had their gallbladder removed may be at higher risk of liver cancer.
Exposure to chemicals
There is evidence that exposure to certain chemicals, usually in the workplace, may elevate the risk of developing liver cancer. These include:
- vinyl chloride
A family history of liver cancer may indicate a higher risk of developing the disease. This could be because of a genetic predisposition to the disease, or because of shared environmental or lifestyle factors.
Treatments for Liver Cancer
If you have been diagnosed with liver cancer, the treatment available to you will depend on the type and stage the disease has reached at the point of diagnosis.
If you have primary liver cancer that is caught at an early stage, then surgery offers the best chance of a cure. It may be possible to remove part of the liver, taking any cancerous cells or tumours with it, or to have a liver transplant.
Chemoembolisation (or trans arterial chemoembolisation (TACE)) is a form of chemotherapy that feeds directly into the blood vessel that feeds the tumour. It starves the tumour of oxygen by reducing the blood supply it needs to grow, whilst also delivering high doses of chemotherapy to the tumour.
Radiotherapy is the use of radiation to kill cancer cells. It tends to be used to control liver cancer that has spread to other areas, rather than as a treatment for primary liver cancer.
Targeted cancer drugs
If liver cancer has progressed past the point of being treatable by surgery, or if it has spread to other parts of the body, your doctor may suggest using a targeted cancer drug to treat primary liver cancer. Targeted cancer drugs work in different ways; they can cause the immune system to attack the cancer cells, or to suppress the cells, stopping them from growing, or they might prevent cancers from growing blood vessels.
Thermal ablation is the use of heat to destroy liver cancer, where the tumour initially started in the liver. It works best for small cancers, and the treatment can be repeated a number of times.
Liver Cancer Diagnosis & Treatments
Where Cancer of the Liver has been left undiagnosed, the more developed the cancer is likely to be. in such cases, treatment options are likely to limited and perhaps requires treatment a more aggresive form of intervention.
Although Cancer care in Engalnd & Wales is predominantly of a very high standard, there are of course instances where people receieve sub-standard care or where the right form treatment is prescribed, but delivered to the patient in a negligent or harmful way.
Where the opportunity for successful, or less invasive treatment has been lost due to misdiagnosis, again the chance of a positive outcome for the victim can be hevaily reduced.
We believe that you should have access to whatever form of redress is available to you.
Why Choose us?
Sheldon Davidson Solicitors have a strong reputation nationally for helping clients to claim compensation in cancer misdiagnosis and medical negligence cases. Based in The North West, we have been helping clients from across Manchester and throughout England & Wales for over twenty years.
We have a highly experienced team of cancer negligence experts ready to talk and to listen to what has happened to you or your loved one. We understand the devastating consequences of a liver cancer misdiagnosis, or the impact that negligent cancer treatmen can have on you and your family. We are here for you, and we will do everything we can to help you at this difficult time.
When we take on any medical negligence claim, we ensure that our clients have all the support they need; we use our network of medical experts to make sure that you get the treatment and care that you need. We will work relentlessly on your behalf to resolve your claim as quickly and efficiently as we can, advising you at every step of the way, and representing you in court if needs be. We know that money can’t undo the damage caused by your misdiagnosis, but it can take away the financial burden if you are worrying about how to pay for your treatment, or financial outgoings if you are unable to work as a result. Speak to us today for an initial assessment of your situation, without obligation.
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