Can I claim for medical misdiagnosis?
Medical misdiagnosis can happen at any time and can cause serious harm to those affected by it. If you have been treated by a medical professional for a condition that you did not have, have been prescribed medicine that you did not need or have been diagnosed too late and as a result you have suffered, you can claim compensation for your injuries.
Medical misdiagnosis can be placed into three categories:
- Total misdiagnosis – where medical staff have failed to diagnose a health condition or illness after initial health problems
- Late misdiagnosis – where a delay in diagnosis has led to recovery time or other health issues and implications
- Incorrect diagnosis – where a patient has been diagnosed with a condition they do not have, have been prescribed unnecessary medication or administered unnecessary treatment
A total misdiagnosis can be extremely dangerous and leave the victim open to a myriad of severe health problems. Your doctor, dentist or medical professional may have failed to notice things like infections, internal bleeding, broken bones or even cancer, despite your concerns or symptoms. This type of misdiagnosis can be extremely dangerous and can leave people in life threatening situations.
A late misdiagnosis can be just as harmful as an incorrect or total misdiagnosis. You may have been to see a doctor on a number of occasions complaining of symptoms or showing signs of illness, only for them to turn you away.
An incorrect diagnosis can be extremely distressing and can often leave clients with psychological implications. The pain and suffering caused by incorrect diagnosis is insurmountable and if you are a victim of this type of medical misdiagnosis, you deserve compensation.
Is there a time limit on medical misdiagnosis claims?
There is a three year time limit to bring a claim for medical misdiagnosis, but there can be certain extenuating circumstances where this time limit is extended. Our specialist solicitors will be able to advise you on this.
If you or a family member feel you have suffered a medical misdiagnosis, contact us today and a member of our team will offer you some advice.
Many of our services are provided on a no win, no fee basis which means there is no financial risk to you in the unlikely event your claim is unsuccessful.
For free initial advice and to discuss your potential misdiagnosis claim call us on 01616 966 229 and speak to an expert medical negligence solicitor today. Alternatively you can complete our online contact form and a member of the team will contact you directly. All initial enquiries are free and there is no obligation to proceed whatsoever.