Why should I claim compensation for a late diagnosis?
A delayed diagnosis can sometimes be caused by GPs, doctors or even surgeons failing to recognise and respond to their patients’ presenting symptoms. The failure to provide necessary medication or to refer the patient to a specialist, can result in untreated conditions becoming more serious. A common example is a delay in diagnosing cancer, despite a patient presenting with related symptoms.
Delays in diagnosis can unfortunately be quite common in hospitals. Most patients initially receive medical attention at A&E, but it is common for overstretched doctors to discharge patients before an appropriate diagnosis has been made.
A delay of a few hours might be the difference in saving a limb from amputation, a testicle from torsion, retaining sight, requiring a stoma or, in some circumstances, the difference between life and death. Even delays of minutes can have tragic consequences. For example, in child birth short delays in diagnosis can lead to children not surviving or being born with lifelong disabilities. Our specialists have secured millions of pounds in compensation after delays in detecting and responding to problems in the womb.
Even if a decision is made to admit a patient, there can be delays in ensuring that they are seen by appropriate specialists in a timely manner, particularly if the patient is presenting a variety of conflicting symptoms. Furthermore, there may be delays in starting appropriate medication or performing vital surgery. Such circumstances can be traumatic for the patient involved, as well as their family, meaning a compensation claim may be necessary in order to cover any unexpected costs.
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Stephensons’ clinical negligence experts have a wide variety of experience in delayed diagnosis claims and helping to receive sufficient compensation for clients. If you or a loved one has been affected by a late diagnosis, please call us on 0203 817 9430 for some free initial advice on pursuing a claim for compensation. Alternatively, you can complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will contact you directly.