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The Experts in Ear 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?

If you feel that your diagnosis has been delayed or that your treatment has been inappropriate, you may be entitled to bring about a claim. The team at Oakwood Solicitors Ltd will be able to give you free advice on the prospects of your case and whether you would be eligible to make a claim.

Who can bring about a claim?

The victim of the negligence can bring about a claim in their own right. However, it is often sadly the case that the victim is either unable to bring about a claim or has sadly passed away.

In such circumstances, a claim can be brought about on their behalf either by an appropriate person or friend if the victim is still with us, or by the executor of the estate of a surviving dependant if the victim has passed.

Our specialist team will be able to discuss whether you have a right to bring about a claim – so if you or a loved one has been affected, do not hesitate to contact us.

How long do I have to claim?

Claims of this nature are subject to a three year limitation period. This means claims must be commenced within the courts in three years of either the date the negligent act occurred or the date you became aware that negligence had occurred.

In cases involving deceased victims, this limitation period commences from the date of death, and in cases involving minors, the limitation period starts when they reach their 18th birthday.

The law surrounding limitation periods is complex – our specialist team will be able to advise further.

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.


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.

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.

About Ear Cancer

What is ear cancer?

Ear cancer often begins outside of the ear as skin cancer/melanoma and spreads internally within the ear to form cancer. It can affect the ear both internally and externally. Internally the cancer can spread to a variety of structures in the ear such as the ear canal and the eardrum. It is a rare form of cancer.

There are four types of ear cancer:

  • Melanoma
  • Basal cell cancer
  • Adenoid Cystic
  • Adenocarcinoma

Different parts of the ear will exhibit different symptoms. However, the three parts of the ear are the inner, middle, and outer.

Ear cancer statistics


  • Less than one in a million people in the UK will develop cancer in the middle of the ear every year
  • Around 5,000 cases of ear cancer are reported every year


Causes of ear cancer

Cancer cells may manifest in the ear and surrounding skin without any direct causes. However there are certain things which can trigger this:

  • Being light-skinned – Having paler skin increases the risk of skin cancer which may spread to the ear.
  • Spending time in the sun (without protection from UV rays) – This puts you at greater risk of skin cancer, which can spread to the ear.
  • Having numerous ear infections– The inflammatory reactions that accompany ear infections can have an effect on cellular changes which may then prompt cancer.
  • Being older – Certain types of ear cancer happen to affect older people much more than younger generations. A study found that developing squamous cell carcinoma of the temporal bone was the most common in people over 70.


What are the symptoms of ear cancer?

There are different symptoms for different locations of the ear in which the cancer has affected.

Inner ear:

  • Dizziness
  • Loss of hearing
  • Ear pain
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Headaches

Middle ear:

  • Discharge from the ear
  • Numbness of the head on the affected side
  • Ear pain
  • Hearing loss

Outer ear:

  • Scaly patches on the skin that linger even after moisturising
  • Pearly white lumps under the skin
  • Skin ulcers that bleed


Treatments and Diagnosis

How to diagnose ear cancer


  • Biopsy- Removing a small piece of the supposedly affected area, most likely a tumour, and testing it for cancerous cells
  • CT scan- Computerised tomography scans can be used to detect the cancer in the ear
  • MRI scan- Magnetic resonance imaging can be used to detect the cancer similarly to CT scans


Common treatments for ear cancer

Treatment of ear cancer fully depends on:

  • The size and spread of the cancer
  • The type of ear cancer
  • Where in the ear the cancer has developed
  • Your general health

Types of treatment for ear cancer:

  • Surgery– Depending on how far the ear cancer has spread, surgery can be done to remove the affected areas and stop the spread of the cancer. The surgeon may remove your ear canal, part or all of the temporal bone, the middle ear or the inner ear.
  • Radiotherapy– Radiotherapy uses high doses of radiation rays in order to destroy cancerous cells in the body. Radiotherapy can be used as a form of main treatment, or after surgery if the surgeon wasn’t able to remove the entirety of the affected area.
  • Chemotherapy- Chemotherapy isn’t effective for treating ear cancer when used on its own, but has proved a useful form of treatment when paired with radiotherapy (chemoradiotherapy).

There aren’t any statistics for non-melanoma skin cancer (usually the starting point of ear cancer) but the chances of survival are generally good as there are effective treatment methods.

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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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