A skin cancer misdiagnosis is very dangerous and could put the patient’s life in danger. If you or a loved one has suffered a skin cancer misdiagnosis, you could have a medical negligence claim for compensation.

Early diagnosis and treatment are essential for tackling any form of cancer. To suffer a skin cancer misdiagnosis and delayed treatment is medical negligence which could endanger your life.

You may suffer months or years of unnecessary pain, anguish, and discomfort due to medical negligence, and you might be able to claim compensation from those responsible.

A No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor can make your claim for cancer negligence and get you the compensation you deserve.

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What is a skin cancer misdiagnosis?

A skin cancer misdiagnosis is when your doctor does not diagnose cancer but gives you a misdiagnosis of eczema, a rash or similar skin condition. They may give you the all-clear or not refer you for further tests while your skin cancer grows. 

The misdiagnosis causes your skin cancer to get worse, delays the correct treatment and puts your life in danger. 

Medical negligence is medical care below that any other medical professional acting at an acceptable level would provide. In a skin cancer misdiagnosis case of medical negligence, your doctor has not provided you with an acceptable level of medical care. 

A skin cancer misdiagnosis could make a treatable condition a lot worse and see a minor issue develop into a condition that lasts many years. 

Your No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor can look at your case and see if you have a valid skin cancer misdiagnosis claim for compensation.

What is skin cancer late diagnosis?

A skin cancer late diagnosis is when your skin cancer diagnosis is delayed due to medical negligence. The doctor has missed the signs of skin cancer, letting it get worse and delaying the start of your cancer treatment. 

A late diagnosis can happen due to the doctor’s failure to refer you for further tests or appointments with a skin specialist. The late diagnosis may happen when the doctor fails to read test results or does not follow up on test results. 

If you suffer a late diagnosis of skin cancer, you may have a medical negligence claim for compensation. 

Your No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor can look at your case and see if you have a valid skin cancer misdiagnosis claim.

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Common claims for skin cancer misdiagnosis

Some common claims for skin cancer misdiagnosis range from missing the signs of the cancer to failing to refer and not giving a correct diagnosis. If you suffer a skin cancer misdiagnosis, you may have a claim for compensation. 

Common claims for skin cancer misdiagnosis are:

  • A doctor did not carry out an adequate skin examination
  • Your doctor did not inform you of dangerous signs of skin cancer
  • The doctor diagnosed eczema instead of skin cancer
  • Your doctor failed to refer you for skin cancer tests
  • The pathologist missed the signs of skin cancer in tests
  • The doctor did not follow up on skin cancer tests
  • You received a false skin cancer diagnosis
common claims for skin cancer misdiagnosis

A doctor did not carry out an adequate skin examination

A doctor did not carry out an adequate skin examination and missed the signs of your skin cancer. You presented with what you believed to be unusual growths on your skin, but the doctor did not carry out an adequate body examination and missed the skin cancer. 

You may have a claim for medical negligence when the doctor fails to carry out an adequate skin examination.

Your doctor did not inform you of dangerous signs of skin cancer

Your doctor did not inform you of dangerous signs of skin cancer when examining you. They skipped over the growths or abnormalities and failed to tell you what they could potentially become in time. 

If the growths become skin cancer, you may have a skin cancer misdiagnosis claim for compensation.

The doctor diagnosed eczema instead of skin cancer

The doctor diagnosed eczema instead of skin cancer when examining you at the clinic or GP surgery. They misdiagnosed the skin cancer, telling the patient they had a minor skin condition when it was the beginning of skin cancer. 

The misdiagnosis of skin cancer as eczema could be a medical negligence claim for compensation.

Your doctor failed to refer you for skin cancer tests

Your doctor failed to refer you for skin cancer tests when you presented with worrying signs of the disease. Instead of following NHS NICE guidelines, they sent you home or failed to refer you for further skin tests by an expert. 

If you develop skin cancer after the doctor fails to refer you for further tests, you may have a compensation claim for medical negligence. 

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The pathologist missed the signs of skin cancer

The pathologist missed the signs of skin cancer in your tests and gave you the all-clear when in fact, you had a form of skin cancer. Every pathologist must perform at an acceptable level of care and not miss the signs of skin cancer. 

You may have a medical negligence claim for compensation when the pathologist missed your signs of skin cancer.

The doctor did not follow up on skin cancer tests

The doctor did not follow up on skin cancer tests and missed the chance to get started on skin cancer treatment. The doctor should follow up on your tests to help in a prompt diagnosis of your skin cancer. 

When the doctor does not follow up on skin cancer tests, they can let a misdiagnosis or late diagnosis happen, and you may have a claim for compensation.

You received a false diagnosis of skin cancer

If you received a false diagnosis of skin cancer, you would have gone through all the trauma and stress of thinking you have a serious condition. You could go through months of treatment and suffer the pain and anguish of thinking you have skin cancer. 

A misdiagnosis of skin cancer can cause unnecessary upset and delay the treatment of your actual skin condition. 

If you suffer any misdiagnosis of skin cancer, you may have a skin cancer misdiagnosis claim for compensation.

Compensation for skin cancer misdiagnosis claims

You can seek compensation for skin cancer misdiagnosis claims in amounts from the low £10,000s to over £10 million in some cases. 

The compensation varies depending on several factors, and skin cancer misdiagnosis negligence claims sometimes see very high awards, such as when a patient passes away or suffers a lifetime of unnecessary suffering and chronic pain.  

Compensation amounts in skin cancer misdiagnosis claims can be:

  • Failing to make a full examination of skin – £55,000
  • Not referring the patient for further skin cancer tests – £78,000
  • Failing to follow up on skin cancer tests – £81,200
  • Ignoring the obvious signs of skin cancer – £85,500
  • Continued misdiagnosis of skin cancer leading to treatment delays – £107,200
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All amounts are approximate and are only a guide to what is possible in skin cancer negligence claims. Figures can be high in some claims as you or a loved one could need long-term care and may face medical bills for life. You may be able to claim for these care expenses and the medical costs in the future.

 As in all medical negligence claims, each case is dealt with on merit and how much the patient suffers due to skin cancer misdiagnosis complications. 

A No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor will be the one to advise you on a skin cancer misdiagnosis claim. They will know from experience what your case may be worth and how to make a successful claim. 

Your No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor will handle your skin cancer misdiagnosis claim for compensation and for all damages incurred.

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The first step is to get in touch and tell us what went wrong. It’s free and easy. Call our 24-hour helpline: 0800 246 1122 or request a callback here.

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Once you have spoken with our team we’ll let you know how we can help. Typically the next step is to obtain your medical records for us to review.

Legal Letter

Once all your medical records have been received they will be reviewed by a medically & legally qualified member of our team. If there is evidence of medical negligence we will send a letter of claim to the negligent party outlining your medical negligence claim.

Who is eligible for compensation?

The patient who suffers from complications due to skin cancer misdiagnosis may be eligible for compensation. They are the ones who have suffered, and the clear medical negligence could lead to the skin cancer going untreated for a long time. 

The delays in their treatment could lead to years of unnecessary suffering and the patient’s early death in some cases. 

If a patient passes away due to a skin cancer misdiagnosis, the ones left behind may have a claim for medical negligence. 

Loved ones in a medical negligence case are known as ‘dependents’ and can be:

  • A spouse or former spouse of the deceased
  • Someone who lived with the deceased for two years before death as a husband, wife, or civil partner.
  • Blood children, adopted children or those who became children through marriage or civil partnership
  • Parents and those acting as parents, such as a guardian or step-parents
  • Grandparents or great-grandparents
  • Brothers, sisters, cousins, and other direct relatives

When you are a victim of skin cancer negligence or have lost a loved one through skin cancer misdiagnosis, you may have a claim for compensation.

What can you claim for when you sue for skin cancer misdiagnosis?

You can claim compensation for any damages that occurred when you sue for skin cancer misdiagnosis.

 There are two types of compensation damages due when suing for any type of medical negligence: General damages and Special damages.

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General damages

General damages are when you sue for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity, PSLA, you have experienced due to negligence.

  • Pain is that above what is normally expected for your procedure.
  • Suffering is the inconvenience and changes to your life that cause you discomfort.
  • Loss of Amenity is any difficulty you have in doing everyday tasks, such as walking, sitting, playing sports, and sleeping.

Special damages

Special damages include loss of earnings, future care costs, and out-of-pocket expenses.

  • Loss of earnings includes compensation for time off work and any reduction of your income in the future.
  • Future care costs are for any care you will need as a result of medical negligence.
  • Out-of-pocket expenses cover medical appointments, travel, accommodation, and meals.

Be sure to keep payslips, receipts, and proof of any losses you experience due to the medical negligence.  

You deserve compensation to cover all losses, including loss of life, medical costs, and long-term care needs. 

When you or a loved one suffers from the effects of skin cancer misdiagnosis, you can make a claim for skin cancer negligence compensation.

Who is responsible for skin cancer misdiagnosis negligence?

A medical professional is responsible for any skin cancer misdiagnosis negligence. When you bring a claim for skin cancer misdiagnosis, you claim against the NHS Trust or private clinic that employed the medical professional responsible.

A medical professional responsible for the skin cancer misdiagnosis could be:

  • The GP who made the skin cancer misdiagnosis
  • The pathologist who missed the signs of skin cancer in tests
  • The hospital consultant who misread the patient’s skin tests
  • The skin specialist who misdiagnosed skin cancer as eczema
  • The hospital responsible for implementing skin cancer protocols
  • The hospital responsible for hiring suitable medical professionals
  • The hospital responsible for the skin cancer testing
Who is responsible for medical negligence

Every medical professional owes you a duty of care when dealing with your health problems. You may suffer a skin cancer misdiagnosis if they are negligent with that duty of care and do not provide you with a professional service before an operation.

Medical negligence is treatment below an acceptable standard by a medical professional. Instead of putting the care needed into your skin cancer diagnosis, the doctors misdiagnosed the skin cancer, which is clear medical negligence. 

You may need to undergo years of treatment to correct the errors of skin cancer misdiagnosis. By behaving less-than-professionally, the doctor risks your health, and the effects could be with you for life.

You can claim compensation for the misdiagnosis of skin cancer and get help getting your life back on track.

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Potential risks of a late or misdiagnosis of skin cancer

The potential risks of a late or misdiagnosis of skin cancer range from delays in your treatment to unnecessary suffering. You could suffer through years of incorrect treatment while your skin cancer grows and becomes difficult to treat. 

Some potential risks of a late or misdiagnosis of skin cancer are:

  • Missing the chance to begin early skin cancer treatment
  • The skin cancer getting worse
  • Treatment for skin cancer taking longer than if diagnosed earlier
  • Being ill due to the prolonged and more intense treatment
  • Trauma from knowing the skin cancer is developing
  • Death from untreated skin cancer
potential risks of a late or misdiagnosis of skin cancer range from delays in your treatment to unnecessary suffering

It can be very traumatic when you or a loved one suffers a late skin cancer diagnosis or a misdiagnosis of skin cancer.

You know that you have lost valuable time in beginning treatment for the skin cancer, and it may take years to get back on track with the correct skin cancer treatment. 

Your No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor can help guide you through the steps of a skin cancer misdiagnosis claim.

What are the steps involved in making a skin cancer misdiagnosis claim?

The steps involved in making a skin cancer misdiagnosis claim go from seeking medical advice to issuing court proceedings. 

The steps are a part of any successful compensation case, and settlement can happen at any stage in the process. 

Your medical negligence solicitor will do the rest when you follow the steps correctly and gather all the facts and figures.

Seek medical advice on the injuries you have suffered or are suffering immediately you realise you experienced a skin cancer misdiagnosis.

Contact a specialist medical negligence solicitor who operates on a No Win No Fee basis and tell them what went wrong. The right solicitor will look at your case, see where the problem lies, and advise if you suffered skin cancer misdiagnosis negligence.

 The Medical Negligence Team also have a 100% Compensation Guarantee scheme, where you get all the money awarded in a negligence claim. 

You are the one who suffered medical negligence, and you should get all the money due for the suffering.

Your medical negligence solicitor obtains your medical records with your permission. By reading your records, they will confirm if they think you have a valid skin cancer misdiagnosis claim. 

The medical negligence team will know from your medical records if the case will result in compensation being paid.

The medical negligence solicitor sending a letter of claim to the negligent party is the next step. The letter will ask them to admit the skin cancer misdiagnosis negligence in what is known as ‘sending a letter of claim.’ 

When the negligent party receives the letter of claim, it has up to four months to provide a written response.

Getting a response from the negligent party’s insurer will move your compensation claim closer to a conclusion. 

The insurer will either admit the medical negligence or say they intend to defend the case. Deciding to defend the case is known as ‘deny liability’ in legal terms. 

If they admit liability, your skin cancer misdiagnosis claim can be valued, and the two parties will meet to decide on your compensation payment. 

Your solicitor will negotiate with the negligent party and use their experience to get the compensation you deserve.

Issuing court proceedings is the next step if they deny liability in your skin cancer misdiagnosis claim. 

Going to court happens, too, when they are not prepared to pay a fair amount for the injuries you have suffered. Your medical negligence solicitor issues the court proceedings.  

Remember that less than 1% of medical negligence cases end up in court, and very few of those cases ever make it to the courtroom.

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How long do I have to make a claim for a skin cancer misdiagnosis?

You have three years to make a claim for a skin cancer misdiagnosis. All medical negligence claims are subject to limitation periods.

For example, in England and Wales, medical negligence claims must generally be brought and court proceedings issued within three years of the injury or three years of knowledge of the facts giving rise to the skin cancer misdiagnosis claim. 

If someone has passed away, it is the date of death if the limitation period has not expired at the date of death. 

Children not under a disability typically have until they reach 21 to start a skin cancer misdiagnosis negligence claim or court proceedings. 

Persons with a disability, who lack capacity, are not subject to any limitation period.

Can I make a medical negligence claim on behalf of a loved one?

Yes, you can make a medical negligence claim on behalf of a loved one. Under UK law, if an injured party cannot represent themselves, then a loved one can take the case on their behalf.

Skin cancer misdiagnosis is a perfect example of claiming on behalf of a loved one. The negligence could take a loved one’s life or leave them unable to make a claim.

Your loved one depends wholly on you and the family for care and to fight for their rights. By making a claim on their behalf for skin cancer misdiagnosis, you are fighting for the compensation they deserve.

A No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor will work with you to win the compensation claim for the skin cancer misdiagnosis negligence.

Are you eligible for compensation?

If you want to obtain compensation for the negligence you have suffered, we have a simple 3 step process to make sure you get the money you deserve

  • Take our online assessment & speak with our team

  • Our team of doctors and lawyers will undertake a full medical review based on your medical records

  • We will send a legal letter of claim and our solicitors will pursue your compensation on your behalf

All case reviews are 100% cost and commitment free.

Using a No Win No Fee solicitor

Using a No Win No Fee solicitor is the only way to a successful skin cancer misdiagnosis compensation claim. Your No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor will not charge you for a claim you do not win. 

Always have a fee agreement in place before engaging a medical negligence solicitor. If they start talking of a ‘win fee’ or a ‘success fee,’ you should walk away. The negligent party insurers should pay all fees.

The medical negligence solicitor should also operate a 100% Compensation Guarantee scheme. When you win the case, all the money awarded should go to you, not the solicitor. 

You are the one who suffered due to the skin cancer misdiagnosis, and you deserve the compensation to get your life back to normal.

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Can I make a medical negligence claim against the NHS?

Yes, you can make a medical negligence claim against the NHS. Suing the NHS for negligence is not unusual. People sue the NHS for compensation for medical negligence and receive the money they deserve for the negligent treatment. 

There are between 8,000 and 10,000 successful medical negligence claims against the NHS each year—amounts in compensation claims awarded against the NHS range from £1000 to over £10 million. 

The amount of compensation you receive covers minor injuries such as scarring to serious life-threatening negligence, which leaves you with long-term care needs. 

We trust in and use the NHS daily and do not expect negligence. It happens, though, and the NHS has a dedicated team to handle medical negligence compensation claims, called NHS resolution. 

NHS Resolution has a responsibility to treat patients who seek compensation fairly. Patients pay for the NHS through their taxes, and for that they deserve respect and the best medical treatment.

Contact The Medical Negligence Team

Contact the Medical Negligence Team today to discuss your skin cancer misdiagnosis claim for compensation. We have both the legal and medical experts to guide you along the steps to a successful medical negligence claim for compensation. 

At the Medical Negligence Team, we fight every compensation claim on a No Win No Fee basis. You will not be out of pocket for an unsuccessful claim. 

We have a very high success rate and a reputation for a speedy and successful resolution to all medical negligence cases.

Our 100% Compensation Guarantee puts all the money you win into your pocket. You or your loved one suffered a skin cancer misdiagnosis and deserve every penny of the compensation claim. 

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