Claiming compensation for failure to diagnose melanoma

Melanoma is a kind of skin cancer which can be extremely serious and can easily spread to other organs of the body. This rare type of cancer initially develops from abnormal moles which may have changed in shape, colour or size over time. People who have a lot of moles on their skin should regularly check for changes to ensure that any abnormalities can be checked immediately. Those who are regularly exposed to the sun or use tanning beds are more at risk of developing melanoma. The risk is also increased in those with a lot of large moles or those who have fair skin.

Prevention techniques are essential for those with a higher risk of developing melanoma so wearing sunscreen and avoiding tanning beds is advised. Your GP should refer you to a specialist such as a dermatologist if you have suspicions that a mole has changed in shape, size or colour. A dermatologist will either examine the mole or take a biopsy to test for melanoma. Although it is commonly diagnosed by a dermatologist, on rare occasions, a failure to diagnose melanoma can lead to long-term illness.

How a melanoma can develop

Specialists are trained to spot a melanoma as they are a particularly rare form of cancer. However, a failure to diagnose could lead to severe complications in a patient. A failure to diagnose may be due to inadequate examination or a failure to take a biopsy if the mole appears suspicious. Your GP may have failed to send you to a clinic for diagnosis in which case the melanoma may progress without removal or treatment. Depending on how deep the cancerous tissue goes, the melanoma may travel to the muscle and then the lymph nodes making it much harder to treat. Should you have a melanoma that was not originally diagnosed due to negligence, then you may be able to make a compensation claim.

How to begin your medical negligence claim

Start by calling Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to obtain no-obligation advice from our expert team. Our excellent team of solicitors will ensure that you receive the advice you need without being under obligation to pursue your case. A failure to diagnose melanoma can result in serious illness and even mortality so, if you have evidence of negligence, it is likely that you will be able to win a cash payout to help you cope financially with your illness or with the loss of a family member. Our no win, no fee* policy means that you won’t be out of pocket if you pursue your case with us.

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