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Medical Negligence

Misdiagnosis Claims

Medical misdiagnosis can have devastating effects on someone’s life, causing long-term physical and psychological pain and suffering. Our solicitors have successfully claimed compensation for a range of medical misdiagnosis claims, including cancer, epilepsy, fractures, sepsis and stroke.

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What is a misdiagnosis?

There are three types of medical misdiagnosis:

  • Incorrect diagnosis. For example, if a health professional does not interpret your test results correctly.
  • Missed diagnosis. This can happen if a health professional does not examine you thoroughly or refer you to a relevant specialist.
  • Late diagnosis. When a health professional initially fails to diagnose your condition but diagnoses it when your illness has reached an advanced stage.

Misdiagnosis of any kind can prolong a health condition and may severely affect someone’s life, which can even result in death.

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Who can make a medical misdiagnosis compensation claim?

Anybody who has suffered medical misdiagnosis can pursue a claim for compensation.

Medical misdiagnosis claims can also be made by one person on behalf of another as their ‘litigation friend’. A litigation friend might make a claim on behalf of a relative, a friend or someone else under their care.

When someone lacks the mental capacity to make a claim, a litigation friend can claim on their behalf. Parents can make compensation claims for a child, as the minimum age to undertake legal proceedings is eighteen years old.

If a person has sadly died due to medical misdiagnosis, their estate and dependants may be entitled to claim for medical misdiagnosis.

Why should you claim compensation for medical misdiagnosis?

Claiming compensation is a way of seeking justice and helping to ensure somebody else does not suffer in the same way you have. Compensation can also help you to achieve some redress for the injury.

You can claim for:

  • Physical and psychological pain and suffering.
  • Changes to your life expectancy.
  • Changes to your lifestyle.
  • The cost of medical treatment, medication, rehabilitation, medical equipment and travel to and from appointments.
  • Adaptations that have had to be made to your home or to your vehicle.
  • The cost of your ongoing care.
  • Loss of earnings you are suffering now and are likely to suffer in the future.

What do you need to make a claim?

When somebody dies due to medical misdiagnosis, close family or friends may be asked to provide statements of how events led to their death.

  • The medical professional owed you a duty of care because you were their patient.
  • The medical professional was negligent and failed in their duty of care to you.
  • As a result of the medical professional’s negligence, your condition worsened, or you suffered unnecessary pain and trauma.
  • The pain and trauma you suffered has severely impacted your quality of life.

  • Details of your medical appointments and which health professional attended upon you.
  • Statements detailing what diagnosis was made and what harm you suffered from misdiagnosis.
  • Medical reports and relevant documents, including tests and scans.
  • Photographs of your injuries.
  • A medical expert report compiled by an independent medical expert who has examined you.
  • Witness statements describing what has happened and how your life has been adversely affected.

Why choose us?

Our specialist team of solicitors has many years of experience successfully pursuing maximum compensation for all types of medical misdiagnosis claims.

We will work hard to make sure you receive a fair compensation settlement as well as answers about what went wrong. We will support you through every stage of the medical misdiagnosis compensation claims process and handle your case with the utmost sensitivity.

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Our team of specialist lawyers are experts in their field. Be confident in their advice and decisions to help get the right outcome for you. Contact us today to see how we can help

Misdiagnosis Claims FAQs

You can make a medical misdiagnosis claim if any medical professional has failed in their duty of care to you. This includes dentists, doctors, midwives, nurses, surgeons and other health professionals.

Most of the time, misdiagnosis occurs with illnesses with symptoms that can have several different causes or are problematic to detect.

Appendicitis, cancer, epilepsy, heart disease, meningitis and sepsis are common types of medical misdiagnosis claims.

Compensation ranges from hundreds of pounds to hundreds of thousands of pounds. It varies depending upon the severity of your condition and how long it will continue to impact your life.

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