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We put our trust in the hands of medical professionals and most of the time, the care and treatment we receive is generally very good. However, sometimes mistakes are made, and doctors incorrectly diagnose a condition.
A medical misdiagnosis can have a significant impact on your health. It can lead to a deterioration in your condition, the wrong medication or treatment being prescribed, and prolonged pain and suffering. Tragically, in some cases, misdiagnosis can be fatal.
If you or a family member has suffered because your GP, private doctor, specialist consultant, or other healthcare provider failed to diagnose or wrongly diagnosed your condition, you may be entitled to make a misdiagnosis claim for compensation.
Our specialist misdiagnosis solicitors are experts in helping people claim maximum compensation for a medical misdiagnosis.
Misdiagnosis compensation can help cover your financial costs such as private medical treatment, rehabilitation, travel expenses to hospital appointments, and any necessary house adaptations. It can also make up for the loss of any earnings, including future loss of earnings as well as treatment and care costs in the future.
We understand the thought of making a misdiagnosis compensation claim can be overwhelming. You may be going through a difficult time physically and mentally. Perhaps you are still receiving treatment at the hospital or clinic that misdiagnosed you.
Novum Law Misdiagnosis Solicitors
Our friendly, professional misdiagnosis solicitors will be with you every step of the way, providing expert legal advice on medical misdiagnosis and securing you the maximum compensation you deserve.
Unlike general practice law firms, we are specialists in medical negligence and misdiagnosis compensation claims. We can also help if you have suffered serious harm or injury due to a delayed or late diagnosis.
All our medical negligence lawyers provide the highest level of legal expertise and experience combined with in-depth medical knowledge to ensure the best possible outcomes for clients adversely affected by medical misdiagnosis.
We will take the time to listen to you, talk through your situation, and the treatment you received to understand exactly what happened and how your condition was misdiagnosed. Our specialist team will provide free, ‘no strings attached’ advice to help you decide if you would like to make a misdiagnosis claim.
If you decide to proceed with a claim for compensation, your medical negligence solicitor will explain the legal process, help with the paperwork and fully support you from the outset.
We offer No Win No Fee funding which means you can make a misdiagnosis compensation claim with no financial risk or hidden costs. In the highly unlikely event your claim is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay any legal costs. Click here to find out more information about No Win No Fee.
Book a free initial consultation with our expert misdiagnosis solicitors
If you or a loved one has been harmed due to mistakes made in the diagnosis of your medical condition, our team of specialist solicitors can help.
Our expertise with misdiagnosis claims
Our expert medical negligence solicitors can help you or a family member make a misdiagnosis claim if a healthcare professional has:
- Failed to correctly identify a condition
- Misinterpreted or misread scans, X-rays and test results
- Failed to carry out the appropriate examinations or tests
- Mistaken symptoms for another medical condition
- Incorrectly interpreted blood or tissue samples
- Failed to consider previous medical history when making a diagnosis
Unfortunately, there are many conditions that can be misdiagnosed because they can be difficult to detect or can be mistaken for other conditions.
Some of the following commonly misdiagnosed medical conditions can lead to serious, potentially life-threatening complications if they are not spotted at the earliest opportunity:
- Brain tumour
- Bowel obstruction
- Strangulated hernia
- Thrombosis and blood clots
How making a medical misdiagnosis compensation claim works
Free initial consultation to see if you may be owed medical misdiagnosis compensation
To take the first step towards getting the misdiagnosis compensation you are entitled to, all you need to do is get in touch with us on Freephone 0800 884 0777, email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete our online enquiry form to arrange a free initial chat about what happened to you.
Your specialist solicitor will guide you through the claims process, explain how we can help on a No Win No Fee basis and talk you through any relevant paperwork that needs to be completed.
No Win No Fee misdiagnosis claims
Making a misdiagnosis claim with us is straightforward and completely risk-free thanks to our No Win No Fee funding. This means there are no upfront or hidden costs and in the highly unlikely event your claim is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay a penny. Click here to find out more about No Win No Fee.
Investigating your medical misdiagnosis claim
If we believe you have a good chance of making a successful medical misdiagnosis claim, our specialist medical negligence team will start investigating what happened.
Our experts will gather evidence to prove your healthcare provider was negligent when they misdiagnosed your condition and that they breached their duty of care. This will involve accessing your medical records and speaking to independent medical professionals about the treatment and care you should have received. They will also help inform us what long-term support you may need.
To bring a successful medical misdiagnosis claim, we will need to prove that the negligent healthcare you received has resulted in your condition worsening or suffering an injury or illness as a result. Once we have all the evidence that we need to support your misdiagnosis claim, we will help you secure your compensation as quickly as possible.
Working out how much compensation you are owed for a medical misdiagnosis
The value of your claim will depend on several factors including:
- The severity of your illness or injury
- Your pain and suffering
- The impact on your quality of life
These are often referred to as ‘general damages’. The financial impact of the misdiagnosis will also be considered (known as ‘special damages’). These include:
- Loss of earnings
- Medication and treatment costs
- Rehabilitation and care costs
- Travel expenses
- House and vehicle adaptations
- Cost of any specialist equipment you need
Click here to find out more about how compensation is calculated.
Time limits for misdiagnosis claims
As a rule, you will need to make a medical misdiagnosis claim within three years of the date you realised you were misdiagnosed (sometimes called the ‘date of knowledge’).
If you are making a medical negligence claim on behalf of a child, the three-year time limit does not apply until they are 18 years of age.
If you have lost a loved one due to a medical misdiagnosis and you are seeking compensation, you have three years from the date they died to make a claim.
There are other exceptions to the three-year time limit, so it is important to speak to a specialist medical negligence solicitor as soon as possible. If you would like to learn more about time limits, you can also read our blog article.
Settling a medical misdiagnosis claim out of court
Most medical misdiagnosis claims settle out of court without the need for any formal court proceedings.
Our specialist team will work hard to achieve maximum compensation for you by negotiating with the defendant’s legal advisors. The major benefit of settling out of court is that it is generally a quicker process and far less stressful for you.
Taking your medical misdiagnosis claim to court
Occasionally medical misdiagnosis claims are referred to court. This happens when an agreement cannot be reached with the defendant’s legal team. However, even if your solicitor decides to issue court proceedings as part of the claims process, it does not mean there will be a court hearing. Most claims are resolved before the hearing date.
If the claim is not settled before the hearing, rest assured, you are in safe hands. Your specialist solicitor will be with you throughout the process, taking care of all the legalities and ensuring you are fully prepared.
Frequently Asked Questions about medical misdiagnosis claims
Am I owed compensation for a medical misdiagnosis?
If you have suffered avoidable harm due to your condition being misdiagnosed, you may be able to make a medical misdiagnosis claim. To prove your case, our specialist medical negligence team need to provide evidence that your doctor, consultant, or other healthcare professional was negligent when they failed to correctly diagnose your condition. We will gather all the evidence we need to build a strong case on your behalf to help you secure the maximum compensation as quickly as possible.
How long does it take to get compensation for a medical misdiagnosis?
There is no set answer on how long it takes to get medical misdiagnosis compensation. Everyone’s case is different, and it depends on your specific circumstances. Your claim will be resolved more quickly if both sides can reach an agreement without involving court proceedings.
Can I claim compensation for someone who has died due to misdiagnosis?
Yes, if a family member has died due to a medical misdiagnosis, you may be able to make a medical negligence compensation claim on behalf of their estate or dependants. Generally, there is a three year time limit for making a claim from the date of their death. Find out more about fatal injury claims here.
My current law firm has let me down – can you take over my claim?
Yes, our specialist medical negligence solicitors have a strong track record of taking over misdiagnosis cases from other law firms. If you are not satisfied with the service you are receiving from your current law firm, you can get in touch with us and we will review the details of your case.
Our expert team is happy to provide an honest opinion on the management of your misdiagnosis claim. The cases we take over often achieve a significantly higher level of compensation and settle faster and more effectively.
To find out if we can help with your misdiagnosis claim, contact our friendly and professional team on 0800 884 0777, email email@example.com or complete our online form to arrange a free, no obligation chat.
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Book your free initial consultation with our misdiagnosis solicitors
If you believe you or a loved one are entitled to medical misdiagnosis compensation, our medical negligence solicitors in Bristol, Cardiff, the Isle of Wight, Plymouth, Salisbury, Southampton and Swindon are here for you.