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I just want to say how grateful I am for Carol to be helping me and fighting by my side. She was really polite and friendly which made me feel very at ease and very comfortable to go ahead with this claim. Thank you so much.

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Joseph, the solicitor who spoke with me, was very polite, caring and actually listened to me which is rare for a solicitor to do. He explained everything to me so that I could understand him.

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Absolutely top class service with my late mother’s hospital negligence claim. Professional sympathetic staff who so far have kept me in the picture and continued to update me from day one. Highly recommended!

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Any dealings I have had so far have been very smooth & the staff are very efficient. They have explained things to me in a step by step way for easy understanding. They have also always called back when they have said they would which is really good.

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The Experts in Brain Cancer Claims

Oakwood Solicitors Ltd’s specialist Medical Negligence department has an in-house team of solicitors and legal professionals dedicated solely to this area of law.

With over 24 years of combined experience, we are dedicated to assisting clients who have suffered physically, mentally, and financially as a result of negligent medical treatment. The specialist team pursues an array of medical negligence claims ranging from prescription errors and misdiagnosis to complex birthing injury and spinal claims and everything else in between.

How do I make a claim?

Brain cancer can often be secondary, but if it is the primary cancer, the signs and symptoms can often be misdiagnosed as another condition, particularly by the GP. Early diagnosis of brain cancer and early treatment will result in better outcomes.

If you have been the victim of an unnecessary delay in diagnosis or delay in receiving treatment, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact one of our specialist team today who will be able to assist you further.

Who can make a claim?

The victim of the negligence can bring about a claim. However, it can sadly be the case that the patient is no longer with us. In such circumstances, the executor of the estate and/or the surviving dependents may be able to bring about an action.

Our specialist team will be able to advise whether you are able to bring about a claim and answer any questions you have on a no obligation free consultation.

How long do I have to bring about a claim?

Claims of this nature are time-sensitive. As a victim of negligence, you will have three years to commence court proceedings from either the date the negligence occurred or the date you became aware that negligence had occurred.

Claims brought on behalf of deceased loved ones are subject to a three year period to bring about a claim from the date of death.

Our specialist team will talk you through timeframes and answer any questions you may have. As these claims are lengthy to conclude, the sooner you start investigations into a claim the better.

How long will my case take to run?

Given the complexities involved in pursuing clinical negligence claims, they can often take 18-24 months to conclude and longer if court proceedings have to be issued.

Our investigations start by obtaining all relevant records and protocols before approaching independent medical experts for their opinion. We will provide you with regular updates on the progress of your case to ensure that you are kept up to speed.

How much is my claim worth?

It is often difficult to value clinical negligence claims at their outset given the complexities involved. However, we will pursue two forms of compensation for you:

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General damages – An award of money for the pain and suffering you have endured as a result of the negligence.

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Special damages – An award of money for all of your out-of-pocket expenses, such as travel, medication costs, loss of earnings, and treatment costs both past and future. This list is not exhaustive and is very case specific.

Why use Oakwood Solicitors Ltd to make your clinical negligence case?

We have a dedicated team of solicitors and paralegals who have many years’ experience between them in running cases of this nature. They are highly trained to deal with all aspects of clinical negligence.

We want to ensure that clients are not overwhelmed by legal jargon, medical terms that they don’t understand and aim to allow the claims procedure to be as transparent as possible.

How is my case funded?

The majority of clinical negligence cases are funded by a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), more commonly known as a ‘no-win, no-fee’ agreement. This means that there will be nothing to pay upfront and nothing to pay if the claim has been lost. If you are successful in your claim, a deduction of 25% of damages will be taken to cover the success fee and the shortfall in legal fees.

It may also be the case that an After The Event (ATE) insurance policy will be obtained to cover the costs of expensive medical reports and investigations. If an ATE insurance policy has to be obtained the cost of the same will be discussed with you at the appropriate point. The cost of the ATE insurance policy is again taken from your damages and only payable if you are successful with your claim.

About Brain Cancer

What is brain cancer/brain tumour?

Brain tumours form in the brain due to cells that have grown in an abnormal manner.

15 out of 100 people diagnosed and treated as suffering from brain cancer will go on to survive over five years with brain tumours.

There are two kinds of tumours:

Cancer Cell

 

Cancerous Cells (Malignant) – They grow faster and have a propensity to spread to other organs of the body. They also have the likelihood to grow back after treatment.

 

Cancer Cell

 

Non-Cancerous Cells (Benign) – They grow slower and tend to stay localised. They can, however, become malignant and may cause a host of other problems.

 

What are the symptoms of a brain tumour?

The symptoms of brain cancer can vary and will often depend on where the tumour is found, how fast it is growing and its size. General symptoms can include:

 

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What are the types of brain tumours?

There are various different forms of brain tumours and they each have different symptoms and treatments:

  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Astrocytoma
  • Brain metastases
  • Choroid plexus carcinoma
  • Cranopharyngioma
  • Embroyonal tumours
  • Ependymoma
  • Glioblasstoma
  • Glioma
  • Medulloblastoma
  • Meningioma
  • Oligodendrolglioma
  • Paediatric brain tumours
  • Poneoblastoma
  • Pituitary tumours

If the brain tumour has spread it can then lead to breast, colon, kidney, or lung cancers or melanoma (cancer affecting the skin or sometimes the eyes mouth, or colon).

Who is affected?

Brain cancer can affect anyone at any age. They are more common in older people, however.

Each year 9,000 people are diagnosed with brain tumours. 50% of these are cancerous.

What are the causes?

There are a variety of different reasons why a person gets brain tumours.

  • Age – Older people are more likely to get brain tumours. However, it depends on the kind of tumour, some of which are common in younger children.
  • Previous cancers – Adults who had cancer as children (such as leukaemia) can often be at risk of getting a brain tumour later in life. Some cancers (such as bone cancer) have a high chance of spreading to the brain.
  • Radiation – People who have had radiotherapy, CT scans, or X-rays can be more at risk of brain tumours.
  • Genetics – Some genetic or family hereditary conditions may lead to a greater risk of a brain tumour, such as Turner Syndrome or neurofibromatosis.
  • HIV or AIDS – You are twice as likely to get a brain tumour if you suffer from HIV/Aids.

 

Diagnosis and Treatments

How is it diagnosed?

The first port of call is to visit and speak to your GP. If there are concerns then they may refer you to a specialist for further tests:

  • Neurological examination – A specialist will examine the patient to check on their vision, balance and coordination.
  • CT scan – This is where an X-Ray and a computer are used to build up a detailed picture of the body.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.
  • Angiogram – This kind of X-Ray shows blood vessels that supply the tumour.
  • Spinal Tap – Fluid is removed from the lower spinal area using a hollow needle.
  • Blood tests – They can be used to diagnose certain tumours.
  • Biopsy – A small tissue sample will be taken from the brain and examined to test if the cells are cancerous or not.

 

How are brain tumours treated?

The correct treatment for removal of the tumour depends on the patient’s fitness, where the tumour is, the kind of tumour and how big it is. Treatments for brain tumours include:

  • Steroids (dexamethasone, prednisolone, methylprednisolone) – These drugs try and reduce the inflammation and try to treat the cancer.
  • Surgery – there are different kinds of surgery:
    • Remove the tumour entirely
    • Remove fluid that has built up on the brain, which also know as hydrocephalus
    • Remove some of the tumour and follow up with other treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy
  • Chemotherapy – Drugs are injected to destroy the cancer cells
  • Radiotherapy – Radiation is used to treat the cancer cells.
    • Stereotactic radiotherapy – this uses high doses of radiotherapy directly to the tumour.
    • Radiosurgery – this is a stronger amount of stereotactic radiotherapy.

 

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What should you do if you think you have a claim?

If you believe or feel you have a claim, contact us for a free initial consultation regarding your options.

carol cook
Carol Cook — Head of Department

Carol joined Oakwood Solicitors in May 2017 to lead the Medical Negligence department. She handles a wide range of Clinical and Dental Negligence claims and has a specialist interest in Birth Injuries. Carol has years of experience in handling complex clinical and Dental Negligence claims securing substantial amounts of damages for her clients. Carol studied her law degree (LLB honours) at Salford University.

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