A Brain tumour is a growth of cells in the brain that multiplies in an abnormal, uncontrollable way. Due to this, there is a wide range of ways that a person can suffer from brain tumour negligence.

Brain Tumour Negligence

There are a few ways that someone can suffer brain tumour negligence. Some of the main types of brain tumour negligence we see are delays and misdiagnosis, and delays in treatment.

Delays and Misdiagnosis

One of the reasons that brain tumours can be misdiagnosed or delayed is through a doctor not recognising the symptoms. The symptoms of a brain tumour vary depending on the exact part of the brain affected.

Common symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • seizures (fits)
  • persistently feeling sick (nausea), being sick (vomiting) and drowsiness
  • mental or behavioural changes, such as memory problems or changes in personality
  • progressive weakness or paralysis on one side of the body
  • vision or speech problems

Sometimes you may not have any symptoms to begin with, or they may develop very slowly over time. However, if you have any of these symptoms then a doctor should refer you for tests in order to diagnose the tumour so it is treatable.

Delays in Treatment

There may also be delays in treatment that happen due to negligence, or even incorrect treatment. If you have a brain tumour, your treatment will depend on: the type of tumour, where it is, how big it is and how far it’s spread. If any of these aspects are incorrect, then it may lead to delays or incorrect treatment.

Treatments for brain tumours include steroids to shrink the tumour, surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Surgery is often used to remove brain tumours. The aim is to remove as much abnormal tissue as safely as possible.

It’s not always possible to remove all of a tumour, so further treatment with radiotherapy or chemotherapy may be needed to treat any abnormal cells left behind. Tumours can also return, so close monitoring after the treatment is crucial.

If you have experienced any delays in misdiagnosis or treatment, or incorrect treatment or diagnosis, and it was the fault of a doctor or specialist, then you may be able to make a claim for brain tumour negligence.

Claiming on behalf of someone else

Unfortunately with brain tumour negligence, it may often be the case that you may have to claim on someone else’s behalf. If this is the case then the next of kin of the person who suffered the brain tumour negligence is the person who can make the claim on their behalf. We understand that claiming may not be the first thing on your mind if a loved one dies. However the solicitors we work with may be able to help with the financial stress that may come with a loved one passing away.

How We Can Help with Brain Tumour Negligence

Here at The Medical Negligence Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with all manner of medical negligence. This includes brain tumour negligence. Contact us today by filling in our contact form, or by calling us on 01614138761 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.