Lymphoma is a form of cancer that occurs when a patient’s lymphatic cells in the immune system form a tumour. There are two types of Lymphoma, Hodgkins and Non-Hodgkins. Hodgkins is much rarer and will have the presence of Reed-Sternberg cells. Both types cause the cells to lose their protective properties making the patient more vulnerable to infection. Treatment tends to be chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy and success will depend on a timely diagnosis.
At Davies and Partners, our specialist medical negligence team understand how a diagnosis of Lymphoma can affect your life and if there is Lymphoma misdiagnosis or diagnosis is delayed it can be extremely upsetting and distressing.
A claim may be made if there is a delay in diagnosing Lymphoma or if there is misdiagnosis and as a result the cancer develops further, either the tumour increases in size or spreads to other parts of the body, due to treatment not being given at the earliest possible time.
This misdiagnosis or delay may be from failing to make an appropriate referral, mistakes in investigations and their interpretation or not obtaining an accurate history of the patient. A responsible body of medical opinion would have to agree that it was not reasonably for any of these events to have occurred. If there are errors or omissions and as a consequence of them the patient is in a worse position leading to more invasive treatment, prolonged treatment or the lack of opportunity of treatment then there may be grounds for a successful medical negligence claim.
Alternatively the patient may be told lymphoma is present, suffers the psychological stress of the cancer diagnosis, completes a range of tests, and even starts treatment or under goes surgery only for this diagnosis to be incorrect. This may result in the patient being in an unnecessarily worse position which could have been avoided, in such circumstance she or he may also have a claim for misdiagnosed lymphoma.
If you have recently been affected by a delay or misdiagnosis of lymphoma you may need to seek legal representation. As such it is vital that you appoint a solicitor with appropriate knowledge and understanding of this type of claim. Davies and Partners has over 25 years extensive experience acting for clients who have suffered from a delay or misdiagnosis in lymphoma. The process of making a claim may seem daunting but here at Davies and Partners our solicitors, who are members of The Law Society and AvMA Panel, have the expertise to help you make a successful claim.
If you believe you have a case then our team of specialist medical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim and seek the compensation you deserve.