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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.

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During this difficult time, we want to reassure our clients that we are open for business and working as normal. We are happy to respond immediately to new enquiries either to our enquiry line (0800 358 3848) or to an individual solicitor.

Our IT systems are robust enough for us to work from home and we are meeting current and new clients online and by telephone to deal with all enquiries. The courts, counsel and our experts are continuing to work on your behalf. We will contact all of our clients by phone to reassure you of our continuing support at this difficult time.

We realise that most of you will be in self-isolation and would like to express our best wishes for your ongoing safety and health.

Paul McNeil, Head of Personal Injury and Medical Negligence

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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 an 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?


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


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


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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For a free, no obligation call with one of our medical negligence experts, please dial 0800 358 3848 or complete our online enquiry form.