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Medical misdiagnosis

Medical misdiagnosis falls under the umbrella of medical negligence and if you or a loved one has been a victim of a missed or incorrect diagnosis, you may be entitled to compensation for the harm that has been done to you.

More than that, we understand that you will be looking for answers as to what went wrong and why, and for the doctors that managed your care to acknowledge and be held accountable for their mistakes.   

What is medical misdiagnosis?

Medical misdiagnosis is when either:

  • Your medical practitioner – be it your GP or hospital doctor- fails to identify that you are suffering from a particular condition or illness even though you have been having symptoms that should have alerted them.
  • Your doctor makes the wrong diagnosis even though they had or should have had enough information to be able to correctly identify your condition or illness.

We know the devastating consequences medical misdiagnosis can have as your condition may have deteriorated over time or you may not have received the treatment or medication that could have helped you.  In some cases, you may have been given treatment or drugs that you do not need and that may have harmed you.

What mistakes may your medical practitioner have made that could result in a successful claim:

  • Failing to accurately assess your symptoms or making the wrong judgement
  • Failing to adequately examine you or take a proper history
  • Failing to arrange further investigations such as x-rays or scans
  • Failing to refer you to a specialist
  • Failing to correctly interpret test results, x-rays or scans
  • Failing to act on test results
  • Mixing your test results or medical records with those of another patient

Types of claims

Medical misdiagnosis can cover every area of medicine and below are just a few examples of the types of claim we can help you with:

  • Gynaecological eg, failure or delay in diagnosing an ectopic pregnancy
  • Obstetric mistakes eg failing to diagnose gestational diabetes or other complications during pregnancy
  • Ignoring or not properly investigating symptoms of cancer
  • Missing the signs of meningitis
  • Failing to consider the possibility of sepsis 

How we can help

We will obtain your medical records and investigate the advice and treatment you received.  We will advise you honestly whether you have a claim, secure the necessary expert evidence to support your claim and negotiate with the Healthcare provider until a satisfactory settlement is reached.  We understand that just as important as the compensation you receive, you will want to know what went wrong and why and we will help you to get the answers you are looking for and the apology you deserve.

We may be able to secure interim payments for you if the healthcare provider admits responsibility early on, which can prove invaluable in helping with your rehabilitation and immediate daily living expenses you may be facing, particularly if your injury has left you unable to work.

Compensation for medical misdiagnosis

As well as recovering compensation for all the pain and suffering which you have been put through, we will help you to recover any financial losses you may have incurred.  This could include:

  • Loss of earnings
  • Cost of nursing or other care even if provided by family members
  • Cost of equipment you may require to manage your injuries
  • Cost of adaptations that you may require to your home because of your injuries
  • Private medical fees
  • Travelling expenses

No win no fee

We undertake most medical negligence claims on a “no win, no fee” basis which means that you do not have to pay anything upfront and will not be responsible for our fees if the claim is unsuccessful. If you win your case, your opponent will usually pay most of your legal fees with the rest coming out of your compensation.  We will be completely transparent at all times about the level of compensation you can expect and your exposure to any costs. 

Free consultation

We offer a free initial consultation which will be with a legal professional and not a call handler.  We are happy to see you at our offices in Edgware or to speak to you over the telephone if that is more convenient for you.

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