David Simpson - Partner, Coles Miller

Tackling Medical Negligence, Supporting The Victims17th Jul 2013

by David Simpson on 17th Jul 2013

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Girls from Coles Miller were among the 2,000 fundraisers who supported Poole’s 5K Race For Life in aid of Cancer Research UK.David Simpson - Partner, Coles Miller

Breast cancer is the most common form of the disease in the UK. Some 20 per cent of people have a family history of it.

Faults with the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes are often a key cause of breast cancer. Cancer Research UK says people with a genetic predisposition have a 60-90 per cent chance of developing the disease.

Pre-emptive surgery – such as Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy – is one option for those with a family history of breast cancer.

As with all forms of cancer, proper screening is vital in the prevention of the disease. Early diagnosis is equally important if it is to be treated successfully.

But sometimes the medical profession makes mistakes. Mercifully these cases of medical negligence are rare but when they do occur the results can be harrowing.

GPs can sometimes miss a lump when carrying out a basic check – or fail to refer a patient for further tests.

In other cases, breast cancer can be misdiagnosed. Surgery may go wrong. Or it may not have been needed in the first place.

Are you the victim of a mistake by a GP or hospital doctor? A medical negligence solicitor can help you to gain justice and compensation.

That means an explanation of what went wrong, an apology for the errors, clinical negligence compensation to fund your care and corrective treatment – and help to stop others falling victim.

If you need expert legal advice, contact Coles Miller’s Clinical Negligence team, 01202 673011.

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