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Failure to Diagnose Oral Cancer Compensation
Being diagnosed with cancer is one of the most difficult things a person can go through. Due to the serious nature of the disease, it can be a very stressful time for people going through it.
Fortunately, if caught in its early stages cancer can be treated and many patients go on to live long and happy lives.
Oral cancer is one of many different types of cancer. It’s quite serious; however, it’s treatable especially if diagnosed quite early on.
Any reputable dentist should be able to spot signs of oral cancer, as failure to do so would be classed as dental negligence.
It is your dentist’s duty to inform you about any oral health issues they believe you could be suffering from.
Oral Cancer Explained
There are various causes that could be responsible for oral cancer. One of the leading causes however, is smoking.
Smokers are more likely than any other group of people to develop oral cancer, which is why quitting can be a great way of minimising the risks of getting the disease.
Although, oral cancer is considered very serious there are ways of treating it, especially in its early stages before it becomes more serious.
This is why doctors urge people to have their oral health regularly monitored by a dentist.
Failure to Diagnose Oral Cancer
Your dentist is responsible by law to spot any signs of oral cancer during your visit. If they spot something suspicious but fail to act on it and you go on to develop oral cancer, you could be entitled to compensation.
Since oral cancer is more treatable in its early stages, you are likely to suffer more if your dentist doesn’t detect it in time. This is why there are laws in place, to ensure you are covered in the case of dental negligence.
If you believe your dentist could have done more to diagnose your condition, you should seek legal advice to find our whether you could be owed compensation.
Preventing Oral Cancer
It’s impossible to prevent cancer from occurring; however, there are various way to minimise the chances of it developing.
One of the leading causes of oral cancer is smoking; therefore, quitting is the best way of preventing it.
Various factors come into play when it comes to cancer, such as genetics and family history, so although you can try to live a healthier lifestyle it may not always be possible to stop cancer from affecting you.
If you are looking for more ways of minimising the risks of developing cancer, it’s always a good idea to speak to your doctor.
How Much Compensation Am I Entitled To?
Due to the serious nature of the disease and the suffering that it can cause, oral cancer negligence claims tend to be evaluated on a case to case basis.
Each individual case is different; therefore, it’s impossible to predict the outcome of the claim without further information.
A decision will likely be made, based on how much suffering you have experienced and the level of negligence that your dentist has showcased.
It will be determined whether more could have been done to prevent the disease from progressing and causing you unnecessary suffering and stress.
Oral cancer compensation claims are one of the most serious out of all dental negligence cases.
Contact Grieves Solicitors
If you believe you have been a victim of dental negligence when it comes to oral cancer, you could be entitled to compensation.
At Grieves Solicitors, we offer a wide range of legal services covering a variety of dental negligence areas. Our experts are highly-trained and experienced in various legal fields.
Contact us today and one of our specialists will talk you through the best possible plan of action and offer support throughout the process.
Let us help you claim the compensation that you deserve.