Multiple Myeloma.

Multiple Myeloma Negligence & Misdiagnosis Claims Solicitors.

Receiving a cancer diagnosis is an incredibly worrying time for the patient and their family.

Upon diagnosis, treatment typically begins promptly and usually requires a patient to take an extended period of time off work, as the treatment for a cancer, such as multiple myeloma, can be quite intense and invasive.

The impact of being diagnosed with multiple myeloma can be even more profound if you later discover that the diagnosis was delayed due to medical negligence, and your condition has then worsened as a result. Multiple myeloma is a type of primary bone cancer, and according to the Bone Cancer Research Trust, around three quarters of all primary bone cancer cases are misdiagnosed in the first instance.

When multiple myeloma is misdiagnosed, it can lead to a delay in a patient receiving the correct treatment, which then allows for the cancer to potentially spread to other parts of the body, making it more difficult to treat, or even rendering it fatal. A misdiagnosis may also lead to a patient receiving unnecessary treatment, which may do more harm than good.

If the actions of a medical professional have led to your condition being misdiagnosed, causing a delay in your treatment, this could be considered medical negligence, and you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

Here at Lanyon Bowdler our experienced team of medical negligence experts have helped many clients in your situation. To find out how we can help you, please get in touch with our team today to arrange a no obligation consultation.

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How is Multiple Myeloma Misdiagnosed?

The symptoms of multiple myeloma don’t often present themselves properly until the disease is quite advanced, so it can be difficult to spot the early signs. Some of the symptoms, such as dizziness, headaches, feeling weak and tired, and unexplained weight loss can be attributed to several other conditions which may not be as serious as cancer, and are the kind of symptoms that some people may not necessarily think to consult their GP about straight away.

Due to the delay in symptoms of multiple myeloma showing, and the vague nature of some of the symptoms, the condition can sometimes be misdiagnosed. Some examples of how medical negligence can contribute to the misdiagnosis of multiple myeloma include:

  • Failure to listen to a patient’s concerns upon presenting with symptoms
  • Failure to refer a patient to an oncologist for further testing
  • Failure to carry out the necessary testing
  • Failure to read and interpret the test results accurately
  • Failure to follow up on abnormal test results
  • Failure to prescribe the correct course of treatment

If you have experienced negligent treatment from a medical professional which has led to your cancer spreading and worsening, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. All medical professionals owe a duty of care to their patients, and a breach in that duty of care can have dire consequences for you or your family.

If you have sadly lost a loved one due to their cancer spreading and becoming untreatable after a misdiagnosis you may be able to claim compensation on their behalf, our helpful medical negligence team are on hand to discuss your case and offer advice.

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Our Multiple Myeloma Claims Expertise

Lanyon Bowdler is a specialised firm of medical negligence solicitors. With years of experience, we support clients in claims related to medical negligence in cancer cases, including those involving multiple myeloma misdiagnosis. Our expertise in this field is recognised by national organisations, peers and clients across the UK.

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The Medical Negligence Team is recognised in Tier One for the West Midlands in the 2024 edition of The Legal 500, which states ‘The ‘approachable and collaborative individuals’ at Lanyon Bowdler are praised for the ‘time given to the client to offer reassurance and explanations. It has a vast array of experience in cases involving catastrophic injuries (including birth, brain and spinal injuries, amputations and fatal claims)’.

Chambers UK 2024

Chambers UK 2024 rank the department in Band One for the Midlands and states ‘an impressive practice group with a growing presence across the West Midlands. The team offers specialist advice across the full gamut of clinical negligence mandates, with particular experience in cases of surgical error, delayed diagnosis and failure to supervise those at risk of suicide. The firm is additionally skilled in cases relating to post-surgical negligence, brain injury and fatal claims.’

Cancer Negligence Podcast

Listen here to Beth Heath and a former colleague from the Clinical Negligence team talk about the delay in diagnosis of Cancer, using fictitious, but typical cases to illustrate the challenges people are facing.

Your Multiple Myeloma Compensation questions answered

What is Multiple Myeloma?

Multiple myeloma is a type of cancer that begins in the bone marrow, and often affects multiple parts of the body including the spine, pelvis ribs and skull. Bone marrow is a spongy tissue which can be found at the centre of some bones, and it is responsible for producing the body’s blood cells. Multiple myeloma affects a particular type of blood cell, known as plasma, within the bone marrow and occurs when the myeloma cells expand uncontrollably within the bone marrow, affecting the production of blood cells and causing damage to the bones.

Unlike many other types of cancer, multiple myeloma does not cause a lump or tumour to form, which can therefore make it more difficult to detect and diagnose and can sometimes result in a misdiagnosis occurring.

What are the symptoms of Multiple Myeloma?

In the early stages of the disease, many patients do not experience any symptoms. When symptoms do begin to show, the cancer is often quite advanced, so any delay in receiving a diagnosis and treatment can have a detrimental impact on a patient.

The key symptoms to look out for include:

  • Persistent bone pain
  • Weak bones that fracture easily
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Unexplained bruising
  • Unusual and/or heavy bleeding
  • Kidney failure
  • Feeling very tired and weak
  • Hypercalcaemia
  • Anaemia

If you experience any of these symptoms, or any other symptoms which give you cause for concern, it is always a good idea to see your GP as soon as possible. The earlier multiple myeloma cancer is diagnosed and treated, the better the long term prognosis will generally be.

If your diagnosis has been delayed due to medical negligence and your condition has worsened as a result, you may be entitled to claim compensation; our experienced medical negligence solicitors are available to offer advice and answer any questions you may have.

What are the risk factors for Multiple Myeloma?

It is not known exactly why multiple myeloma develops, however there are several risk factors which are thought to increase the likelihood of a person developing the disease, including:

  • Being male
  • Being aged over 50
  • Being African American
  • Being in the obese category
  • Previous exposure to radiation
  • A history of Gaucher Disease
  • Working in a petroleum-related industry
  • Having close relatives who have had myeloma

If you fall into one or more of these at-risk categories, it does not necessarily mean that you will develop multiple myeloma. However, if you present to your doctor with symptoms and you have any of the known risk factors, they have a duty of care to carry out thorough testing to rule out or diagnose cancer. Failure to order the necessary tests, or failure to interpret the results accurately can constitute medical negligence and form the basis for a compensation claim.

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Please get in touch with one of our specialist medical negligence lawyers if you consider that you may have a Multiple Myeloma Negligence Claim.

At Lanyon Bowdler, we take pride in being a friendly and approachable law firm in Wales, so please get in touch if you or a loved one have been affected by a late or missed diagnosis, or incorrect treatment. We have the expertise to handle your leukaemia negligence case with the utmost care and diligence.

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As well as providing legal services, we may be able to help you to access private medical treatment and alternative therapies that may not be available to you otherwise.

We have offices in ShrewsburyTelfordOswestryLudlowHerefordBromyard and Conwy, where our friendly, knowledgeable staff will be happy to welcome you for an initial chat about your requirements.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch today and a member of our team will be happy to discuss your case and offer advice.

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