Oral cancer, also known as mouth cancer, is where a tumour develops in the lining of the mouth. Oral cancer can be found on the surface of the tongue, inside the cheeks, on the roof of the mouth or on the lips or gums.
Approximately 6,800 people each year are diagnosed with mouth cancer in the UK. If mouth cancer is left undiagnosed then it can result in the illness progressing, potentially causing permanent harm or shorten the life expectancy of the patient concerned.
If a dentist or doctor has failed to detect mouth cancer at an early enough stage or has failed to refer the patient or provide appropriate treatment then the patient may be able to bring a mouth cancer dental or Medical Negligence compensation claim.
Our Dental and Medical Negligence lawyers have represented a number of patients following missed diagnosis or delayed diagnosis of mouth cancer and have helped them to recover compensation. An oral cancer compensation claim can include compensation for the injury, loss of employment, home adaptations or rehabilitation.
Common symptoms of oral cancer can include:
- sore mouth ulcers that have not healed for several weeks
- unexplained, persistent lumps in the mouth or neck that do not disappear
- unexplained looseness of teeth, or sockets that do not heal following an extraction
- unexplained and persistent numbness of the lip or tongue
- occasionally red or white patches on the lining of the mouth or tongue.
If you or a loved one have experienced delays in the diagnosis of mouth cancer and your health has significantly worsened as a result then you may have grounds to bring a compensation claim for the harm caused. Our Clinical and Medical Negligence lawyers can seek expert dental and medical evidence regarding your prognosis and seek compensation for any rehabilitative assistance needed.
If you would like to discuss making a claim for compensation as a result of a delayed diagnosis, mistreatment or failure to diagnose oral cancer by a dentist or doctor please call a member of our Dental, Clinical and Medical Negligence team on Freephone 0808 164 0808 for a FREE, no-obligation chat or complete the request a call back form and we will call you.