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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 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. 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. More about making a claim

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 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 for free advice?

Yes, our team of friendly experts are more than happy to help, and will answer any questions you have regarding a claim, even if you’re unsure whether you’re eligible.

Contact us for a free and confidential discussion.

Can I make a claim online?

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

If you want to start your claim now, simply enter a few details into our online claim form, and one of our legal advisors will call you back to discuss your claim in more detail.

When completing the form, you’ll need to describe the type of accident you’ve been involved in, for example: road traffic accident, slip, trip or fall, medical negligence etc. (you can select the appropriate option from a drop down menu).

You should also write 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 one of our experts will be able to advise you on your next steps.

We’ll also need a few contact details, including your full name, telephone number as well as 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 understand that it’s not always convenient for you to talk, so we'll call at that pre-arranged 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 claim?

That's what we're here for! 

If you’ve had an accident and you’re not sure if you’re eligible to claim, then call us through the number at the top of the screen and speak to one of our specialist advisors.

We will give you free advice regarding your case and advise you on the potential of your claim, without obligation.

We believe in working honestly and with integrity – we don’t believe in raising expectations and we don’t encourage false claims.

To be eligible to make a compensation claim, there are three key conditions that your case will need to meet:

  • Your accident must have taken place during the last three years. Please note: different rules apply to industrial disease, medical negligence and criminal injury claims, or if you were under 18 when the accident happened.  We will advise accordingly in each of these cases.
  • There must be a person or organisation who is at fault for your accident.
  • Your injuries will have required medical treatment.

If you have any questions, or are unsure if your case meets these requirements, give us a call or complete our online claim form and we'll be in touch shortly.

Will I have to attend a medical?

Yes, you’ll need to have a medical examination to make a personal injury claim.

It's to provide proof that your injury was caused by the accident and to allow your solicitors to value your claim.

Can I claim against my GP?

Yes, you can.

Claiming against your General Practitioner (GP) is classed as medical negligence.

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

Common causes for claims made 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.

Need more answers? Find more information on our GP or NHS negligence page.

Can I claim against a private healthcare company?

Yes, you can make a medical negligence claim against a private healthcare company.

Each of the hospitals or providers will have a private insurance company to cover claims like this.

See our guide on 'how to complain to a private healthcare company'.

How long does a medical negligence claim take?

Every case is unique so there is no set time limit for the case to be settled.

As an average guideline, standard cases can take between 12 and 18 months to be settled, but this is by no means a definitive timeline.

Can I claim against a dentist?

Yes, whether you were treated privately or by the NHS you can make a claim against your dentist if you have sustained an injury or illness due to receiving poor treatment or substandard care.

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

Can I make a No Win No Fee claim for medical negligence?

Yes, No Win No Fee arrangements can be agreed for medical negligence cases. When you contact First4Lawyers, we’ll be able to tell you if you are likely to have a case, and can arrange a No Win No Fee agreement.

If you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland you cannot use No Win No Fee agreements in medical negligence cases. 

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