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Melanoma delayed diagnosis and misdiagnosis claims

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

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

Patients with malignant melanoma generally present with a history of a new mole, or a change in an existing mole, which may bleed or itch.  There are 4 clinical descriptions of melanoma: superficial spreading, nodular, lentigo maligna and acral lentiginous. GPs should refer patients to a Consultant dermatologist or a plastic surgeon.

The specialist should excise the primary lesion. Staging will be confirmed following histological diagnosis and a CT scan.

Delays in Diagnosis

Localised melanoma is very well treated by wide excision. By contrast, the outlook for patients with metastatic melanoma is poor. Treatment includes surgery and radiotherapy of single metastaic sites. Those with multiple metastases are treated with chemotherapy. Patients generally have disease in multiple sites and the median survival is approximately 4 months. Therefore early diagnosis is crucial and mistakes in diagnosing melanoma can be very serious. Claims may be brought for:

  • Failures to carry out adequate examination
  • Failure to advise a patient to return if a suspicious lump or mole change or grew
  • Failure to refer a patient to a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon
  • Mistakes by pathologists in reporting the biopsy

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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