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What Is Eye Cancer?
Eye cancer is an uncommon form of cancer, however the effects are life-changing. Cancer that develops inside the eyeball is referred to as intraocular cancer, however there are eye cancers that develop in the outer layers of the skin such as the eyelids.
There are a number of forms of eye cancer which are discussed in more detail below, the most common however are:
There are around 800 new cases of eye cancer diagnosed each year.
What are the Symptoms?
Symptoms of eye cancer are not always obvious and although some are diagnosed at routine eye examinations, not all types are picked up. Common symptoms include:
Although there may not always be a direct reason for the manifestation of eye cancer, there are risks which increase the likeliness of being diagnosed and the following may trigger this:
If you have any concerns regarding your eyes or vision, you should consult your optician or GP urgently.
There are a variety of different tests to determine signs of eye cancer and issue a diagnosis. The test may include:
If a tumour is identified, the most effective form of diagnosis is fine needle biopsy. This involves removing a small piece of the tumour which will be sent to testing.
This will assist the medical professionals in determining whether there are any abnormal cells present and if so whether the same are cancerous. Once a diagnosis has been made a comprehensive treatment plan will be put into place.
Variations of Eye Cancer
There are a number of different types of eye cancer:
Lymphoma of the eye is divided into 2 groups:
Your healthcare professional will compile a comprehensive treatment plan once the type and stage of the cancer has been diagnosed. There are three main types of treatment for eye cancer:
Long Term Complications Prognosis
The prognosis for eye cancer depends on the location and the size of the tumour. As eye cancer is quite rare, statistics are made up of a combination of all the types of eye cancers.
In general, for those with eye cancer in England:
How Do I Make a Claim?
Eye cancer has previously been misdiagnosed as migraines, despite being extremely severe and causing the removal of the affected eye and potentially surrounding areas of the face.
It is crucial that eye cancer is detected through eye exams and certain scans to prevent it from becoming severe and spreading. If the cancer isn’t isolated through different forms of treatment, this may lead to a lower survival rate.
Eye cancers can be misdiagnosed for several reasons:
If you feel that a medical professional has misdiagnosed your cancer for any of the reasons above, then you could be entitled to compensation. The team at Oakwood Solicitors will be able to give you free advice on the prospects of your case and whether you would be eligible to make a claim.
You have three years from the misdiagnosis to pursue a case, so do not delay.
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 progess 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:
Why Use Oakwood Solicitors 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.
Ask our team about our No-Win, No-Fee agreement.
How is My Case Funded?
The majority of Clinical Negligence cases are funded by a Conditional Fee Agreement, more commonly known as a ‘no-win, no-fee’ agreement. This means that there will be nothing to pay up front 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.
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WHAT TO DO NEXT
If you have been affected by misdiagnosis or late diagnosis of eye cancer, or require any advice about legal proceedings – get in touch today for a free initial consultation. Choose one of the methods on the right-hand side of this page, or call us on 0113 200 9787 to find out how we can help you.