What is Leukaemia?
Leukaemia is cancer of the cells that are formed in the bone marrow. As these cells go on to form blood, and circulate around the body, an early diagnosis is needed, to give your treatment the best chance of success. If you suffered an unnecessary delay in diagnosis for your condition, contact us, as we can help. There are time limits in place for claims of this kind, so you must act quickly.
There are 4 main types of leukaemia. And no matter which one you have suffered from, specialist treatment is needed:
- Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)
- Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL)
- Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML)
- Chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML)
Why Should You Claim for Compensation?
Leukaemia has many unpleasant symptoms, including
- Pale skin,
- Repeated infections,
- Unusual and frequent bleeding,
- Excessive sweating,
- Bone and joint paint,
- Easily bruised skin,
- Swollen lymph nodes,
- Swollen liver,
- Swollen spleen,
- Sudden weight loss.
These symptoms can stop you leading a normal life. If this has been made worse by a lack of proper care, then you may need compensation to help you cope.
Claiming compensation is not personal. Each and every healthcare professional working in the UK has to be covered by professional insurance, for times just like this. If your claim is successful, your compensation is paid by the insurance company. It does not come out of the pocket of the person you are claiming from.
People are afraid of making claims for compensation, but there’s nothing to be frightened of, we’ll help you through the process, every step of the way.
If you’d like to know more about the reasons people don’t claim, and how we can help, read Eight Reasons Why People Who Should Claim for Compensation, Don’t!
Compensation is designed to help you. It’s meant to make your everyday life as normal as possible.
So, if you’ve suffered from poor care that has prevented you from working, and you have no other way of supporting yourself, expensive treatment, or perhaps respite care – that’s what compensation is for!
What Your Doctor Should Have Done!
When your doctor thinks that you may have leukaemia, there are a number of tests he/she should carry out. These include:
- Blood Test – in a high number of cases, the initial blood test can suggest the condition due to the abnormally high amount of white blood cells in the blood.
- Bone marrow sample- doctors will numb a small area of the body before inserting a needle and removing a small sample of the marrow and in rare occasions, the bone. Under a microscope, it will reveal any abnormal cells and confirm a diagnosis.
- Lumbar Puncture- Only usually used in the acute, more rapidly developing cases of leukaemia, a small amount of fluid will be taken from the spinal cord. Once examined, it will help to discover whether or not the disease has spread to the brain and spinal cord.
- There may also be a number of other tests carried out, such as X-rays and scans to confirm a diagnosis.
It may take a combination of these tests of diagnose any type of leukaemia. It is your doctor’s responsibility to accurately interpret the results and order the correct treatment for your condition. This process should be carried out as soon as possible, as any delay in you being diagnosed or treated could affect your chances of survival. If this is not what happened to you, you should speak to us to find out if you can make a claim for compensation.
How Do I Know If I Have A Claim?
Simple! If the treatment you received did not meet the standards we’ve highlighted above, and you’ve ended up in worse situation because of it, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. We’ll be able to look at making a claim for:
- Missed diagnosis
- Late diagnosis
- Misdiagnosis of a different condition and giving the wrong course of treatment
- Poor care whilst being treated for leukaemia
The list is endless. We’ll be able to advise you further once we’ve spoken to you about your situation.
Our solicitors can provide expert claim advice in a FREE consultation if you are unsure; simply call 01204 521 133.
How Much Will I Get?
Everyon’e’s claim is entirely different, so it is difficult to advise accurately. However, our Medical Negligence Compensation Calculator may provide a rough estimate of what you may receive. These estimates are based on your injuries and also other factors, such as psychological problems and missed time at work.
‘No Win No Fee’
At Asons Solicitors, we have taken the risk out of making a claim for all of our clients, which is why over 98% of our claims are No Win No Fee. This way, we can allow everyone access to justice, regardless of their financial position. If you choose to make a claim with us, there are no upfront fees or unexpected costs, as we take on the risk for you.
More on ‘No Win, No Fee’ here.
Our Leukaemia Misdiagnosis Claims Experience
At Asons, we understand the effect poor medical care can have on a patient. We are experts in dealing with medical negligence claims of this kind. Our solicitors can assess your case quickly and easily. And, we will offer you honest, straight-forward advice about how likely you are to be successful if you make a claim, in just a matter of minutes. So give us a call – we’re here to help!
Leukaemia Help and Support
Living with leukaemia can be a constant struggle, both mentally and physically. Leukaemia CARE lists a series of support groups for all those suffering with blood cancer, and organises regional events for sufferers to meet and discuss their conditions.
Our guide, How Will A Cancer Misdiagnosis Change Your Life? was written to provide information and guidance on how to deal with a cancer misdiagnosis, as well as highlighting the occurrence rates of these errors due to an overworked NHS.
As with any claim, you may be worried about the potential costs of your clinical negligence case. To address this common concern, we have a number of options to help you. We will ensure that you win all the compensation that you deserve, whilst supporting you throughout the process. We must remind you to be quick, however, as there are time limits in place for making claims of this kind.
There is a time limit on making claims for medical negligence compensation. You have to do it within three years, or you won’t be able to do it all, unless there are exceptional circumstances. So, don’t delay, speak to one of our solicitors, to start your claim with Asons.