Incorrect diagnosis claims

Unfortunately, illnesses and medical conditions can often demonstrate similar symptoms and therefore it can be difficult for a doctor to confirm a diagnosis. If you have had a medical condition that has not been properly investigated and/or treated due to an incorrect diagnosis it can have a significant impact upon you, call us on 0203 817 9430 for free initial advice on a claim for compensation. 

An incorrect diagnosis could lead to your underlying condition deteriorating, delay your recovery and/or lead to other health problems. You could also be given unnecessary treatment and/or medication for a condition that you do not have.

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Common incorrect diagnosis claims

Type 1/Type 2 diabetes

The symptoms of these conditions are very similar and it is only through proper questioning and tests that your doctor will be able to establish which condition you are suffering from and start you on the correct treatment.


The initial symptoms of cancer can be misdiagnosed as being caused by other illnesses. For example, lung cancer can be misdiagnosed as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

It is also possible for people to be diagnosed with cancer, when in fact they are suffering from a less serious problem, such as a benign tumour.


Stroke symptoms can sometimes be mild or vague. However, immediate diagnosis and treatment is vital to limit the complications of a stroke, any resulting disabilities and to prevent death.


Doctors may struggle to diagnosis meningitis at a first attendance. It is sometimes mistaken for flu. It is extremely important that this condition is diagnosed immediately and the correct medical treatment obtained, especially in the case of babies or young children.

Ectopic pregnancy

The signs of an ectopic pregnancy can often be misdiagnosed as other conditions, such as a urinary tract infection or miscarriage. However, a delay in diagnosis and treatment can, in the most severe cases, lead to rupture and death.

There are many other conditions for which an incorrect diagnosis can be made initially, sometimes with very serious consequences. The most important thing is to seek medication attention urgently if you feel there is something wrong and give the doctor as much information as possible to help them to diagnose the problem.

If you feel that you or a loved one has not had their symptoms fully investigated and there has been a delay in getting the correct diagnosis, contact our specialist clinical negligence team who are experts in misdiagnosis claims and will be able to provide you with advice on a claim for compensation, call us on 0203 817 9430.

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