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Medical Misdiagnosis Claims
When we visit a doctor or a medical professional displaying symptoms of illness or injury, we expect them to offer us an accurate diagnosis of what the problem is, followed up by accurate treatment advice. Still, this is not always the case.
What is a medical misdiagnosis claim?
A medical misdiagnosis claim is essentially where you claim for financial compensation because of a medical misdiagnosis you have received. A claim for medical misdiagnosis compensation, is made using a specialist solicitor that handles medical negligence compensation claims, on a daily basis.
Broadly speaking, there are three types of medical misdiagnosis claims:
Incorrect diagnosis claim- the most obvious type of misdiagnosis, is where a medical professional takes note of your symptoms, but diagnoses them as the incorrect medical condition
Missed diagnosis claim- this occurs when a medical professional fails to diagnose any problem, despite you presenting recognised symptoms that should have required further testing or investigation
Delayed diagnosis claim- where, through no fault of your own, your diagnosis is delayed, where appointments are pushed back and scans are not conducted in the necessary time-frame
What conditions are commonly misdiagnosed?
Technically speaking, a medical misdiagnosis claim can be made for any medical condition that is misdiagnosed due to negligence on behalf of a medical professional.
Some of the most commonly misdiagnosed medical conditions include:
Cancer- see our full overview of cancer misdiagnosis claims, here
Diabetes- displaying a wide variety of symptoms, diabetes is often misdiagnosed as a UTI or another viral infection, and a plasma glucose test is necessary to accurately diagnosis patients displaying symptoms of diabetes
Cauda Equina Syndrome- requiring immediate surgery to prevent spinal discs pushing down on nerves, CES is regularly misdiagnosed under the NHS, as seen here
Appendicitis- When people suffer from appendicitis, they usually need emergency surgery to remove the appendix. Common symptoms include pain in the right abdomen, accompanied by vomiting or diarrhoea, and these should be acted on quickly by a medical professional
Meningitis- common symptoms of meningitis include fever accompanied by a non-blanching rash and vomiting/back pain. If a GP or A&E doctor failed to recognise these symptoms, you could make a medical misdiagnosis claim
This list is far from comprehensive, and pretty much any illness or medical condition can be misdiagnosed. If you have been subject to a medical misdiagnosis of any kind, and have suffered from further injury or illness as a result, then get in touch with our medical negligence solicitors today about making a NO WIN NO FEE claim.
What causes medical misdiagnoses?
It is no secret that many doctors and medical professionals are over-worked. While this is not the fault of the doctors, the strain put on these workers can lead to avoidable mistakes and negligence errors that cause patients to experience a medical misdiagnosis.
The mistakes leading to a medical misdiagnosis often breach the duty of care owed to patients by medical professionals, and breaks guidelines that they must follow.
Some of these mistakes and errors include:
Failure to request necessary scans- such as X-rays or MRI scans, despite the patient showing symptoms requiring them
Symptoms not being listened to properly
Misinterpreted scans- where these scans or tests are carried out but the results are misread
Delays in the diagnosis process- where scans, tests, and follow up appointments are not carried out within necessary time-frames
If you believe that your doctor or another medical professional has displayed any of these examples of medical negligence, then get in touch with our specialist team of solicitors as soon as possible to discuss how we can help you with your medical misdiagnosis claim.
How long do I have to make a medical misdiagnosis claim for medical negligence?
Under the Limitation Act of 1980, you have 3 years from the date at which the negligence occurred, in the form of your medical misdiagnosis, within which to make your medical negligence claim for financial compensation.
If you are making a medical misdiagnosis claim on behalf of your child then this time limit does not apply, you have up to the date of their 18th birthday to make a claim, after which point they have 3 years, or until their 21st birthday, to make the claim for themselves.
Can I make a NO WIN NO FEE claim for medical misdiagnosis?
Yes, when you work with MG Legal on your medical misdiagnosis claim, you claim will be made on a NO WIN NO FEE basis. This means that if your case is not won, then you don’t have to pay anything at all, making the process financially risk-free. Our team are able to operate in this way due to our complete confidence in the work of our medical negligence solicitors, who have a success rate of over 99%. We have also been voted as the best personal injury solicitors in the area.
We have been helping clients just like you for over 30 years who have suffered from negligence in the hands of medical professionals who they put their trust in. Our team go above and beyond to build your medical misdiagnosis claim to be as strong as possible, in order to win you the maximum financial compensation, enabling you to move on and enjoy the rest of your life, as much as possible.