Liver cancer usually affects older people, and almost 4,000 cases are diagnosed in the UK each year, with 60% of cases affecting men. Yet many cases of the disease can be avoided by cutting consumption of alcohol, staying fit and healthy and reducing your chances of being infected with Hepatitis B or C. Only one in five people live for a year or more after being diagnosed, and this is because there are usually no symptoms until the cancer has reached an advanced stage. Symptoms can include:
- Unexplained weight loss
Liver cancer can disrupt the liver’s important functions or lead to them failing entirely. Whilst the cause of Liver cancer remains unknown, it is thought to be linked to liver damage such as cirrhosis, which can be caused by Hepatitis B or C infection or excessive consumption of alcohol.
After a consultation with your GP, you may be referred to hospital for further tests. Those in a high-risk group should have regular check-ups. Failure to diagnose liver cancer could have fatal consequences as delaying treatment could mean it will be too late for you to undergo surgical resection, radio frequency ablation or a liver transplant.
Are you suffering from liver cancer?
If you are suffering from liver cancer, you may have waited as your doctor failed to diagnose your illness. This is incredibly frustrating and stressful, and can lead not only to suffering but also to a delay in starting life-saving treatment such as a liver transplant or surgery. If you have suffered at the hands of a negligent medical professional, taking action can help you to get the compensation you so rightfully deserve. This will usually take into account any pain and suffering as well as loss of earnings due to time off work for your illness.
Claiming compensation for failure to diagnose liver cancer
Call Accident Advice Helpline today for confidential, no-obligation advice on your medical negligence claim. If your doctor has failed to diagnose liver cancer, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to make a successful claim. Why not take the 30-second test on our website right now, to see how much compensation you could claim? Our team of professional personal injury lawyers are waiting to take your call on our freephone helpline. Because we offer a 100% no win, no fee* service, you really do have nothing to lose by making a claim today.
Date Published: August 14, 2014
Author: David Brown