Medical care and treatment is often time-critical. Healthcare professionals need to be able to quickly and accurately identify illnesses and injuries to ensure they are treated appropriately.
If mistakes are made and they fail to diagnose a condition or the correct diagnosis is delayed, the consequences can be very serious.
If your doctor incorrectly diagnoses your condition or fails to diagnose it, you may be able to claim compensation. This is an incorrect diagnosis or misdiagnosis. If your condition was diagnosed late, prolonging your suffering and causing your condition to worsen, this is a late diagnosis or a ‘delayed diagnosis’.
Our specialist medical negligence solicitors are experts in helping people claim maximum compensation for misdiagnoses or delayed diagnoses. They have helped many clients secure damages against those responsible for their injuries.
What illnesses are commonly misdiagnosed?
Conditions with symptoms that are difficult to detect, or are easily mistaken for something else, are most often misdiagnosed. This includes serious illnesses such as: cancer, diabetes, meningitis and sepsis. Time is an important factor with many serious diseases to prevent the condition getting worse and causing severe complications.
What counts as negligence in misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis cases?
Although most medical professionals provide a high standard of care, things can go wrong and mistakes can be made. This relates to NHS and private medical professionals. Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis can include failure to:
- Correctly diagnose a condition
- Promptly diagnose an illness or serious injury
- Refer you for the correct tests or to a specialist
- Correctly interpret the results of a test, scan or X-ray
- Conduct an adequate examination
- Take your medical history into account when making a diagnosis
If you’re worried that your doctor or healthcare provider has made a mistake in your treatment or care, contact our specialist medical negligence team on Freephone 0800 884 0777. They will be able advise you on the next steps to take and how to move forward with your claim.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. The general rule is that you have three years from the date of the injury or the date when you realised your injury or illness may have been caused by misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis.
If you are claiming on behalf of a child, you can claim at any time until the child turns 18. When the child turns 18 they can make their own claim but the three year time limit will then apply and they will have until their 21st birthday to make a claim themselves.
There are exceptions to this rule. For example, there is no time limit for people who don’t have the mental capacity to make legal decisions and different time limits apply for some injuries or illnesses sustained abroad.
Time can be a critical factor in compensation claims, so it’s important to get in touch with our specialist medical negligence team as soon as possible for expert advice.
The compensation you receive depends on the severity of your injuries and the impact on your life. Severe, life-changing injuries will involve more compensation to cover medical bills, rehabilitation, care and support, adaptations to the home and loss of earnings and pension.
Starting a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis compensation claim is straightforward. To begin your claim, contact us on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or online for a free, no obligation chat. Click here to learn more about our team and the high level of expertise in your area of injury.
After an initial consultation phone call, your specialist solicitor will come to visit you in your home – or a location at your convenience – to discuss the details of your claim. This will include information such as how your injuries occurred and the impact that your injuries have on your day-to-day life, so they can understand your needs and advise you on the compensation you may be able to claim.
Our legal expert will also use this as an opportunity to talk you through the process of making a claim and to explain your funding options and any relevant paperwork for making your claim.
From that point on, your solicitor will pursue your claim on your behalf. The next step will be to contact the defendant’s insurers and to start gathering evidence to support your claim, liaising with medical experts and healthcare providers to access your records. Your solicitor will keep you updated as your claim progresses and at every step of the process.
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