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Tongue cancer claims

If you or your family have been affected by the late diagnosis or misdiagnosis of tongue cancer, our team of expert medical negligence solicitors can help you pursue a claim for compensation.

To speak with one of our tongue cancer negligence experts call 0800 358 3848 or complete our online enquiry form.

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Paul McNeil, Head of Personal Injury and Medical Negligence

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Cancer of the tongue presents with an ulcer that fails to heal. Metastatic disease may present with enlargement of the lymph nodes. GPs should refer patients to an oral surgeon with a special interest in tongue cancer.

Diagnosis is confirmed by biopsy. Tumours are treated with radiotherapy and/or surgery. Side effects of treatment are significant. Swallowing and speech can be affected by surgery whilst radiotherapy interferes with the salivary glands causing tooth decay. 

Mistakes in diagnosing tongue cancer can therefore be very serious. To succeed in a medical negligence claim you need to prove that the delay affected the outcome. Usually this means you need to prove that during the delay the cancer progressed to a more advanced stage. Therefore, delays of a few months are unlikely to be enough. However if cancer is left, it is likely to grow and can spread to other parts of the body. Medical negligence claims may be brought for:

  • Failure to carry out an adequate examination or take an accurate history
  • Failure to refer a patient to an oral surgeon for further investigations
  • Mistakes in interpreting investigations or staging
  • Mistaken diagnosis of tongue cancer sometimes resulting in unnecessary surgery

Why choose Fieldfisher's medical negligence team?

Settlements

We achieve record damages for people suffering serious injury following medical negligence. Last year, we recovered more than £200m in compensation claims.

Experience

We have more than 30 years' experience pursuing claims for people injured by medical negligence, clinical negligence, medical accidents and medical mistakes.

Recognised

We are ranked top tier in leading legal directories and regularly recognised in industry awards. We are accredited by APIL, panel members of AvMA and members of the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel.

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