Medical Misdiagnosis Claims

Some misdiagnosis claims result from simple basic mistakes by individual doctors and some are due to inexperience. Others are a consequence of system failures, like administrative errors in failing to call a patient for review or filing abnormal test results rather than acting on them.

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Unfortunately misdiagnosis does occur in the NHS and the private sector and sometimes the consequences are serious. We can provide advice on what to do if you have suffered injury or loss through having an illness diagnosed incorrectly or not soon enough or had a serious illness missed completely.

Misdiagnosis can have far reaching implications for patients and their families. Serious illnesses can be missed completely or the benefits of early treatment can be lost. Inappropriate or unnecessary drug therapy or surgery can also cause avoidable harm.

All areas of medicine are affected by misdiagnosis and consequences vary enormously. Access Legal have dealt with cases where bone fractures  have been missed resulting in complications such as arthritis  or the need later for bone graft surgery or fusion depending on the site of the injury.

Failing to recognise cauda equina syndrome as a surgical emergency within 48 hours of onset can have devastating effects on the quality of an individual's life. Missing or misdiagnosing serious conditions such as meningitis, myocardial infarction (heart attack) and aggressive cancers can prove to be fatal.

Our specialist lawyers can advise you on the legal implications of misdiagnosis claims and the actions you can take.

All areas of medicine are affected by misdiagnosis and consequences vary enormously. Access Legal have dealt with cases where bone fractures (particularly broken scaphoid bones in the wrist) have been missed completely at the time of an accident, resulting in arthritis and the need later for bone graft surgery or fusion depending on the site of the injury.

Failing to recognise cauda equina syndrome as a surgical emergency within 48 hours of onset can have devastating effects on the quality of an individual's life. Missing or misdiagnosing serious conditions such as meningitis, myocardial infarction (heart attack) and aggressive cancers can prove to be fatal.

Our specialist misdiagnosis lawyers can advise you on the legal implications of misdiagnosis claims and the actions you can take .

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How do I make a misdiagnosis claim

The first thing to do is to contact an expert law firm like Access Legal which specialises in this sort of work.

It is important that your chosen law firm has relationships with the appropriate medical and other experts. The input of respected and senior medical experts will be absolutely crucial to the success of your claim.

You might be confused, angry and unsure exactly who is to blame. If you feel you may have a case, call us for a free initial consultation. We can give you the benefit of our experience in such claims as well as an objective assessment of the likely success of your claim, explaining everything in clear, jargon-free language.

How long will my misdiagnosis claim take

Resolution will depend on a variety of factors, such as how serious your injuries are and whether the other party quickly admits liability.

We will need medical evidence opinion from independent experts to establish if there are failures in the standard of care provided and whether that has caused you injury or loss.

We will obtain evidence about your current condition and what the future holds for you, looking at what assistance you are likely to require. Your personal circumstances and employment prospects will also dictate how long it takes to build up a complete picture about your future health.

We will take account of lost earnings if you cannot return to work and the cost of the help and support you may need. This evidence may take time to compile, but is vital to enable us to recover the maximum amount of compensation to which you're entitled.

Your opponent may dispute our evidence and our valuation. The length of time spent in litigation and/or negotiations can vary. We will always aim to settle your case without delay, but it will take time to ensure we achieve the best possible outcome for you.

If I have a misdiagnosis claim

Not all misdiagnosis is due to negligence.

Determining whether you have a case for making a misdiagnosis claim depends on proving that you received substandard care.

More about misdiagnosis claims

You should be able to expect that any diagnosis you receive is both timely and correct, but that is not always the case. When errors happen, you may be entitled to make a claim.

Having a fracture diagnosed as a sprain can lead to severe physical problems. Being told you have cancer or some other life-threatening disease when in fact you don't.

There are certain conditions that are prone to misdiagnosis. Coeliac disease is frequently confused with irritable bowel syndrome. Parkinson’s disease is often misdiagnosed as a stroke. Fibromyalgia is mistaken for rheumatoid arthritis. Lupus is often mistakenly thought to be chronic fatigue syndrome.

Our specialist solicitors have the expertise to work out whether mistakes or errors in judgement were made. We’ll seek answers and explanations from those responsible.

Misdiagnosis Case Study

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Misdiagnosis Case Study

£92,500 awards for misdiagnosed DVT

Yvette Allan suffered a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism because doctors failed to spot she was suffering with Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Her GP had referred her to Macclesfield District General Hospital because he suspected DVT.

Read Yvette Allan's full misdiagnosed DVT case study here.

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Misdiagnosis Claims Case Study

‘I can’t praise Access Legal enough for all their hard work, care and sensitivity throughout a difficult time for me and the boys. The only consolation in all this is that hopefully other families won’t have to endure what we went through.’

Mohammed Chaudhry, whose wife Samina died due to misdiagnosed breast cancer.

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‘I can’t praise Access Legal enough for all their hard work, care and sensitivity throughout a difficult time for me and the boys. The only consolation in all this is that hopefully other families won’t have to endure what we went through.’

Mohammed Chaudhry, whose wife Samina died due to misdiagnosed breast cancer.

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Misdiagnosis Claims

Our specialist solicitors know the tactics defendants use to contest these claims and have the understanding and expertise to get the best possible result for anyone injured through misdiagnosis.

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