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Have you been misdiagnosed with an illness?

If you have been given the wrong diagnosis for an illness, or a doctor failed to spot a serious condition, you could have a medical negligence compensation claim.

What is misdiagnosis?

Misdiagnosis is where someone is incorrectly told that they have, or do not 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, it will also provide you with the support to overcome your 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, it 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.

How much can I claim?

The amount varies depending on the impact of misdiagnosis. For example, more money is likely to be awarded if misdiagnosis leads 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 feel comfortable to do so. If you are unsure as to when the misdiagnosis occurred, 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 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.

Medical negligence case study

£15,000 awarded

"The experience with First4Lawyers was very professional and I didn’t have to worry about anything. I found them to be friendly and helpful and they explained all my options clearly."

Justin received £15,000 from his negligence claim.

Common questions

Can I claim against my GP?

Yes, you can make a claim against your GP if you have unfortunately sustained an injury or illness due to receiving poor treatment or substandard care. 

I’ve been the victim of medical negligence. What should I do?

You should seek medical advice to determine if you are receiving the right treatment to recover, and contact us at First4Lawyers to make a claim. Our team of expert solicitors will handle your case sensitively, and make sure that you get the outcome you deserve.

How do I make a claim for medical negligence?

Making claims for medical negligence can be a complex process, as each case can vary quite substantially. If you’re considering making a claim for medical negligence, then we’d recommend speaking to one of our advisors in the first instance. 

Do you have any more questions? 

How to guides

Learn more about this area of law and what you need to know:

How to file a medical negligence claim

In this guide, we’ll help you understand, how to file a medical negligence claim

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Letter of complaint about NHS service

A guide to writing a letter of complaint about an NHS treatment or service

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