What is Liver Cancer?
Liver cancer starts in the cells of the liver. The liver’s main function is to produce bile that then breaks down fats, vitamins and other nutrients as well as alcohol, medications and toxins.
Liver cancer is broken down into two main types:
Primary Liver Cancer
it is uncommon but a serious type of cancer. It often starts as a lump in the liver but multiple lumps can form. Various primary cancers can form:
What are the Symptoms of Liver Cancer?
There are a variety of symptoms of liver cancer, such as:
Who is Affected?
What are the Causes?
There are certain factors that increase the risk of getting liver cancer:
How is it Diagnosed?
The first step is to visit your GP for further tests. If there is a suspicion about liver cancer then you would be referred to a specialist.
Certain groups may be considered high risk and therefore have to have regular screening. It usually happens every 6 months and would involve:
Other tests may include:
After these tests are done, the patient will be advised of what stage of the cancer they are at:
How is Liver Cancer Treated?
Treatment depends on the stage of the condition. It usually involves surgery or medication, or both.
If the cancer is at Stage A, then a complete cure may be possible:
There are potential problems following surgery for liver cancer, for example:
If the cancer is at stage B or C then a cure is not always possible, but the chemotherapy can slow down the progress of the cancer. If the cancer is at stage D when diagnosed then palliative care is more likely.
How Do I Make a Claim?
If you feel that there has been a delay in your diagnosis or implementing treatment as a result of the actions of a medical professional, then you may 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 date you ought to have been aware that your diagnosis should have been made sooner or from the date you ought to have been aware that treatment should have been different, to bring about a claim – 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 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:
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 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, 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.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
If you still have questions or wish to make a claim for Medical Negligence in your case, get in touch today for a free initial consultation in complete confidence. 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.