If you have been given the wrong diagnosis for an illness or a doctor failed to spot a serious condition, you could be able to make a compensation claim.
What is misdiagnosis?
Misdiagnosis is where someone is incorrectly told that they have or don’t have a specific illness or injury. Any form of medical negligence could have a devastating impact on your future quality of life, but when a doctor or a medical expert gives an incorrect diagnosis or doesn’t spot a serious condition, the consequences could even be fatal. If you have suffered as a result of misdiagnosis, compensation will not only help to re-build your life, but will also provide you with the support to overcome your unfortunate suffering.
- Cancer misdiagnosis – When fighting cancer, every moment is precious, so you shouldn’t have to spend any undergoing the wrong course of treatment.
- Pharmacy errors – Being given either the wrong dosage or medication could cause serious side effects, resulting in further illness.
- Delayed diagnosis – Diagnosing a disease like cancer later than expected could not only be distressing, but could potentially increase both the severity of the disease and the recovery time.
- Unnecessary treatment – Operations such as mastectomies could be carried out following a false diagnosis, devastating someone’s life.
Who could be at fault?
Most likely either the doctor who gave you the initial diagnosis or the hospital, surgery or health centre where the diagnosis was given. In most cases, the hospital will be at fault as they have a duty to ensure that misdiagnosis and some of the resulting surgery never happens.
The amount varies depending on the impact of misdiagnosis. For example, more money is likely to be awarded if misdiagnosis leads up to unnecessary surgery or medication. If you've suffered as a result of misdiagnosis, we at First4lawyers are here to help. To allow us to give you an accurate quote based on your situation, please get in touch with us, and one of our expert solicitors will assess your claim.
How long do I have to claim?
In all cases, you can file a claim within three years of receiving any kind of misdiagnosis. This window of time allows you room to cope with your illness while trying to piece together everything relevant to your claim. You should contact us to make a claim as soon as you can, and feel comfortable to do so. If you are unsure as to when the misdiagnosis occured, then please feel free to contact us, and our expert solicitors will discuss it with you.
I’ve been a victim of misdiagnosis, what should I do?
If you have unfortunately suffered due to misdiagnosis, then you should contact us at First4lawyers to make a claim as soon as you are ready to do so. We'll take the stress out of making a claim, ensuring that you can achieve peace of mind during this difficult time. We'll also make sure that you receive the compensation that you deserve, and make sure that someone else doesn't have to suffer a similar incident.