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Leukaemia

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Oakwood has explained everything regarding my medical negligence claim. They have stayed in touch, returned calls and taken my information in detail and anything I have remembered after the fact they have also taken that down in detail too.

- Phil Mc.

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Any dealings I have had so far have been very smooth and 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.

- Susan Russell

Polite and caring.

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.

- Karen Bemrose

Polite and helpful.

I received a call back instantly when I left a message with the call desk. I found it really easy to express my concerns/neglect about my mother. The solicitor I spoke with was really polite and helpful and listened to what I had to say. They also explained what happens after the phone call. I would recommend them.

- Debbie B

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The Experts in Leukaemia 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 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 the surviving dependent if the victim is no longer with us.

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 that claims have to 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:

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

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Special damages – An award 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 Leukaemia

What is leukaemia?

Leukaemia is a cancer that affects the blood cells, usually the white blood cells that help fight infection.

In Leukaemia patients, the white blood cells do not work in the same way and abnormal cells are produced. The body is therefore not able to fight off infection in the same manner. There are two main kinds:

Acute Leukaemia – This develops rapidly and needs an instant diagnosis followed by speedy treatment. The main subtypes are:

  • Acute Lymphocytic Leukaemia – This appears mostly in children but can be in adults
  • Acute Myelogenous Leukaemia – Occurs in children and adults

Chronic Leukaemia – This develops gradually and can go unobserved for years.

  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia – Common in adults
  • Chronic Myelogenous Leukaemia – Affects mainly adults

Around 8,000 people each year are diagnosed with leukaemia, and is usually diagnosed in people between 65-74. Death rates are higher in the elderly. It is more common in men than in women.

What are the causes of leukaemia?

It is still not known what causes blood cancer. There are factors that can affect the cause of cancer:

  • Genetics – If a family member has already had leukaemia
  • Genetic disorders – Such as Down Syndrome
  • Radiation of chemical exposure – Formaldehyde, benzene
  • Previous health conditions – Chemotherapy and radiation
  • Smoking

What are the symptoms of leukaemia?

These can include the following:

Fatigue

 

 

Tiredness

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Fever

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Swollen lymph nodes

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Bleeding and bruising

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Loss of weight

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Sweating excessively

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Tiny red spots on the skin

Nosebleeds

 

 

Nosebleeds

Diagnosis and Treatments

How is leukaemia diagnosed?

The first step is to speak to your GP and ask them to clarify a diagnosis. They will carry out the following tests to confirm that diagnosis:

  • Examination – The GP will look at the skin, check out the lymph nodes and see if there are enlargements of the liver or spleen.
  • Blood Test – This will look at the number of blood cells and check on any abnormalities.
  • Bone Marrow Test – A small sample is taken from the bone marrow and tested for leukaemia cells. There can be risks of having this procedure such as bruising, infection and pain.

What treatments are available?

Treatment will depend on each patient, their age and the kind of leukaemia. There are a variety of different treatments that can help in the recovery of leukaemia, including:

  • Chemotherapy – Drug treatment which uses chemicals to kill the cancer cells.
  • Radiation therapy – Uses X-Rays to damage the cells and prevent further growth.
  • Biological therapy – Treatments to assist the immune system to distinguish between the normal and cancerous cells.
  • Targeted therapy – Drugs that attack the features of the cancer cells and it slows or kills the cancer.
  • Stem cell transplant – Replaced unhealthy bone marrow with healthy bone marrow.
  • Palliative care – If the cancer has progressed then palliative care might be the only option.

Are there any side effects of treatments?

Each treatment may have side effects that could last the length of the treatment or could continue after the treatment has ended. These include:

  • Hair Loss
  • Infections
  • Mouth Ulcers
  • Constipation or diarrhoea
  • Tiredness
  • Nausea and vomiting

The long terms issues can include problems with the thyroid, heart, or lung. It can also cause issues with fertility.

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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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