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Misdiagnosis

When we are feeling unwell, we trust our healthcare advisors, whether it is a GP or a hospital doctor to diagnose the symptoms correctly and make us better. Unfortunately there are occasions when the medical advisor fails to properly diagnose a condition or the symptoms are not treated correctly. If you or someone close has been given a delayed or misdiagnosis of any type of illness or cancer, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

SC Law has a panel of specialist medical and other experts to prepare the reports needed to support claims where there has been a delayed or misdiagnosis.

The clinical negligence lawyers at SC Law understand the human cost of such medical malpractice and that pursuing a claim at an already stressful time is another problem to cope with. We will provide practical, attentive and sympathetic advice so you feel reassured that your claim is being handled by an expert. Our lawyers will put your needs first and work closely with you to make the process simple and easy to understand, particularly in highly sensitive situations where the illness is terminal or the misdiagnosis causes imminent death, such as an undetected pulmonary embolism.

At SC Law, our medical negligence lawyers provide a personalised service that is tailor-made to each individual client's case. Shirley Giani is the Head of Clinical Negligence at SC Law and has extensive experience in handling cases of a delayed or misdiagnosis of an illness or cancer. We have some of the best London lawyers and know what action to take to make a positive difference to our clients.

Causes of Misdiagnosis

A correct diagnosis depends on the accurate interpretation of presenting symptoms and test results. Unfortunately health professionals can get this wrong and sadly when this happens, the consequences for the patient can be devastating.

The most common causes of a delayed diagnosis are:

  • Failure to understand the patient's concerns
  • Failing to properly investigate the patient's symptoms
  • Misinterpreting x-rays, scans and results
  • Incorrectly interpreting tissue and smear samples
  • The misdiagnosis can take place by a GP, Accident & Emergency or hospital doctors and staff.

Types of Misdiagnosis

Misdiagnosis can happen in various circumstances. The most commonly reported conditions that are misdiagnosed are:

  • Blood clots, including pulmonary embolism
  • Brain or head injury
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart attack or coronary problems
  • Infections leading to amputation
  • Internal bleeding
  • Meningitis
  • Septicaemia
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Stroke

As well as the initial misdiagnosis, you may also be entitled to claim where the severity of the condition has not been detected. This can have devastating consequences, as the patient is often given the wrong dosage of medication, inadequate treatment the misdiagnosis came too late to treat.

Action We Will Take

Our medical negligence lawyers understand that if you have suffered from a delayed or misdiagnosis you will be going through an emotional and stressful time. You may be experiencing feelings of anger, fear and sadness. You may be worried about your future care, your financial security or grieving the loss of a loved one and need reassurance that your claim is being handled by an expert.

At SC Law, our lawyers will help secure the maximum compensation and we regularly negotiate awards that exceed our clients' expectations.

Our clinical negligence lawyers will:

  • Offer a "no win, no fee" service
  • Investigate the circumstances of the negligence as quickly as possible
  • Work closely with you to make the process as simple as possible to meet your needs
  • Seek maximum compensation for you
  • Obtain interim payments where appropriate until your claim concludes
  • Use specialist medical and other experts to prepare the reports needed to support your claim, including medical treatment, rehabilitation and financial losses, including loss of earnings/pension
  • Provide a tailor-made service for our clients
  • Provide post-settlement advice, including financial planning and investment management
  • Provide advice on welfare benefits, social services and housing
  • Advise on Wills and Special Needs Trusts

A compensation claim involving a delayed or misdiagnosis requires significant work to be carried out by a lawyer. Therefore, it is very important that you seek immediate legal advice from a lawyer specialising in clinical negligence claims. Contact us for a free initial consultation.

 

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