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.A type of medical negligence, misdiagnosis can be devastating for the whole family and other loved ones.
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, either from the date of the negligence or from the date that you first became aware of the negligence, to bring medical misdiagnosis claims, but there can be certain extenuating circumstances where this time limit is extended. Our specialist medical misdiagnosis 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.
How much compensation can be claimed for misdiagnosis?
The amount of compensation that you could receive for a successful medical misdiagnosis claim will depend on the specific circumstances involved and the severity of what has happened. It isn’t possible to give an accurate estimate for compensation without knowing more about your case, but if you contact our team of specialist misdiagnosis solicitors, we can evaluate your claim and, based on our experience in this area of law, give you a range for the expected claim amount.
Can I sue the NHS for misdiagnosis?
Whether you were misdiagnosed by an NHS professional or a private medical professional, you can still bring a misdiagnosis claim if their negligence in this area caused you harm. We can help you to get the compensation that you deserve for what has happened to you. Call our team to find out more, on 0161 696 6165.
Can you sue a doctor for misdiagnosis?
If your GP, or another doctor who has treated you, has misdiagnosed a condition that you have and this has caused you harm, this can be a very traumatic thing to go through. Not only are there the physical complications that the misdiagnosis may have caused, there is also the feeling that you have been badly let down by someone you trusted with your care. Bringing a successful claim against a doctor or another medical professional can’t turn back the clock to before the misdiagnosis occurred, but it can help you and your loved ones to start moving forwards and gain a sense of justice for what happened to you. Get in touch with our medical misdiagnosis solicitors to find out what the next steps are in starting a compensation claim. Call 0161 696 6165.