Misdiagnosis claims

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

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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 rebuild 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 could I be awarded for a medical 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. Just get in touch for a free, no-obligation chat and one of our expert advisors will assess your claim and tell you whether you are eligible for our No Win No Fee* service.

Find out more about making a medical claim here.

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Where we offer No Win No Fee services typically customers pay 25% of the amount recovered by our solicitors, although this will be subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may be less than this but it will never be more. Success fees are common practice and they were introduced when the law changed in April 2013.

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How the claim process works


Get in touch

You can contact us 24/7 online or by phone, or use our callback form to request a callback at a time convenient to you


Discuss your situation

One of our friendly, legally trained advisors will get in touch with you. They will assess whether you have a claim and match you with the right solicitor for the case


Manage your claim

Our specialist No Win No Fee* solicitors will then manage the entire claim from start to finish, helping you get the justice and compensation you deserve

How long do I have to make a misdiagnosis 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 to make a claim as soon as possible. We'll take the stress out of making a claim, ensuring that you can achieve peace of mind during this difficult time. 

Contact us through our online claim form, or by phone. Our number is at the top of the screen - just tap to call.

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Frequently asked questions

Can I call you to discuss my misdiagnosis claim for free?

Absolutely. Our advisors are happy to talk you through your options. You can tell us what happened in your specific circumstances and how it has affected you. Our compassionate and experienced advisors will then be able to help you decide on the best course of action.

Speaking to us doesn’t mean you’re under any obligation to proceed, meaning you’re free to decide your next steps.

Can I make a claim online?

Yes, you can start your claim online or by calling us on the number at the top of the screen.

After entering a few details into our simple form, one of our advisors will call you back to discuss your claim.

When completing the form, just give a brief description of your accident, including details on what happened and when, if you were injured in the accident and what your injuries were. This helps us to understand the nature of your accident, so that we will be able to advise you on the most appropriate next steps for you.

We’ll also need a few contact details, including your full name, telephone number and an alternative telephone number (in case we’re unable to reach you). You can also include your email address, if you’d prefer us to email you with further details.

Let us know what time it’s best for us to call you back. We know it’s not always convenient for you to talk, so we'll call at that scheduled time when you'll be expecting us.

Making a claim online will help to save you time and will ensure that you receive a phone call back from us as soon as possible. During the call, we will ask you a few questions about your accident and advise you if you’re eligible to make a claim, and if so, what you can do next.

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How do I know whether I have a misdiagnosis claim?

If you’ve been let down by a medical professional, who has informed you that you have – or do not have – a specific illness or injury, you could be eligible to make a misdiagnosis claim.

In the event of a misdiagnosis, you may end up being treated with the wrong drugs or have the wrong procedures carried out, which can cause you to suffer further harm. Making a claim for compensation can help you get back on your feet after a devastating blow such as being misdiagnosed.

Will I have to attend a medical for a misdiagnosis claim?

Yes, in order to provide proof that your injury or illness was caused by being misdiagnosed, you’ll have to have a medical examination.

Can I make a misdiagnosis claim against my GP?

Yes, you can.

In certain medical negligence cases, the claim is made against the GP, who is insured for these situations.

Common reasons for making claims against GPs include misdiagnosis, poor care and errors with prescription medicine.

Additionally, you can make a claim against GPs who work in either NHS or private practices.

If you feel that you have received substandard care from your GP, if you’ve been misdiagnosed or you’ve received incorrect prescription medicine, then you could be entitled to claim compensation.

Can I claim against a private healthcare provider?

Yes, you can make a claim against both NHS and private healthcare providers. All hospitals and clinics will have insurance to cover compensation for claims.

However, unlike when claiming against the NHS, there is no government body responsible for overseeing private healthcare practices. This means that your specific circumstances will determine which body or department will address any complaints you make.

For more information, see our guide on how to complain about private healthcare.

How long does a misdiagnosis claim take?

Your case is unique. This means there is no telling how long your specific misdiagnosis claim is going to take.

However, as a rough guide, a simple, uncontested claim could take between 18 to 24 months. It could take longer for more complex claims, particularly those that are contested or require court proceedings.

This is why it’s essential to have the help of a qualified and experienced medical negligence lawyer.

Can I make a misdiagnosis claim against a dentist?

If you sustained an injury or illness due to receiving poor treatment or substandard care by your dentist, you could be eligible to make a claim. You can do this whether your dentist worked privately or for the NHS.

This can include anything from misdiagnosis of a dental problem, the removal of the wrong tooth, nerve injuries, infection and problems that could eventually lead to oral cancer.

To find out how much your claim could be worth, visit our misdiagnosis calculator.

How can I find a medical lawyer near me?

If you’ve suffered any form of medical negligence, a specialist solicitor will help make the process of making a compensation claim a lot more straightforward. First4Lawyers works with a panel of experienced solicitors who can give you the best chance of claiming the maximum compensation.

To find out more about the legal professionals we work with, just get in touch.


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