Misdiagnosis and Delayed Diagnosis Compensation Claims
Medical misdiagnosis is a type of clinical negligence which can happen, sometimes with life-changing consequences. We understand that your misdiagnosis claim needs to be handled with sensitivity and sympathy at every stage, which is why we will guide you through the whole process to ensure that you get the level of support and compensation that you deserve.
Our dedicated legal experts specialise in misdiagnosis claims, so if you or a family member have suffered as a result of negligence, we will:
- discuss your experience and possible options available to you
- make the process of claiming for compensation straight forward
- evaluate the impact that misdiagnosis has had on your life
Do I qualify for a delayed or misdiagnosis claim?
Knowing whether you have a claim for delayed diagnosis can depend on the ability to prove that it was due to medical negligence, resulting in further suffering and financial hardship. Speaking to a medical negligence solicitor can help you work through the details of what happened within your specific experience and identify key aspect of a potential case.
Previously, we’ve successfully handled cases of delayed diagnosis which involved:
- failure to diagnose a fracture
- late diagnosis of serious issues, including cancer
- failure to spot illnesses such as meningitis
- repeat visits to your GP dismissed, later to reveal a more serious
- underlying condition which weren’t identified
- misinterpreted blood tests or investigative surgery leading to incorrect diagnosis
- misdiagnosed heart attack or stroke
Once you’ve had a consultation with one of our legal experts, either on the phone or one-to-one, you will have a better idea of if you have a claim which is suitable to be taken forward. You can fill in our online contact form if you’d like to talk about you experience and find out more.
How to Make a Delayed Diagnosis Claim
If you believe you or a member of your family has received poor treatment through wrongful diagnosis or late diagnosis, please get in touch as soon as possible as time limits may apply. We aim to remove the potential worries and hassle that might arise from a claim by following a straightforward process, laying out each stage from the get-go and how it relates to you.
- After your initial phone or one-to-one legal consultation gathering the details of your case, one of our specialist medical lawyers will review the specifics and assess whether your case could be taken forward.
- The next step would involve contacting those deemed responsible for your delayed diagnosis to determine if they accept the blame.
- If they accept it, our aim is to secure a suitable compensation package to pay for any ongoing medical care or expenses incurred. This settlement would be based on the details of your case, as well as any additional evidence from independent medical professionals.
- If those responsible don’t accept liability or do not agree with the compensation settlement amount, court proceedings will start. We always try to settle out of court, but even when a trial date is set, claims can be settled beforehand. If a misdiagnosis claim does go to court, we’ll talk you through every step and make you feel as comfortable as possible with the process.
Hudgell Solicitors has one of the UK’s leading medical negligence compensation claims teams, led by specialists with decades of experience in handling high-value, complex cases to support those with serious and life-changing injuries. We know that, beyond compensation, you’ll want to know why things went wrong and we’ll help you get the apology and answers you deserve along with the compensation you need to make the best recovery possible.
- Led by Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel member Chris Moore and Vince Shore who jointly lead the team.
- Over 40 years combined experience of handling cases involving serious injuries gained through negligence.
- Specialists in rehabilitation for patients with birth injuries, orthapaedic injuries, GP or hospital negligence and misdiagnosis.
- Leaders in securing compensation settlements and helping clients make the best possible recovery.
Making a Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis Claim
If you or a member of your family have suffered as a result of medical misdiagnosis, we can make the process of claiming for compensation straight forward so that you don’t have to worry about the implications of pursuing legal action.
Our legal experts understand that in some cases, medical misdiagnosis has an impact on your ability to work and so you may be concerned about the financial cost of making a claim – this is why we offer a free no obligation consultation which allows you to discuss your experience and possible options available to you.
Our Misdiagnosis and Delayed Diagnosis Experts
How much will my claim cost?
There are many ways you can fund your case. At Hudgell Solicitors, we are committed to fighting for the people who need us the most, not those who can pay the most.
We’re open and upfront about our charges, so you know what to expect and you don’t get any nasty surprises. The best funding option for you will depend on the nature of your case and your personal circumstances.
Many of the cases we handle are funded by ‘No Win No Fee’ agreements. We always consider other funding options too but frequently this is the best option.Find out more
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When we take on any case, we want you to feel reassured and confident in every aspect of your claim. That’s why we offer a service that puts your needs over and above anything else.
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- Misdiagnosis claims are a form of clinical negligence, which usually incorporates two main areas:
- Medically misdiagnosed: This is where an incorrect diagnosis has been made, such as someone being told they are suffering from cancer when they are not.
- Undiagnosed: This is where a condition goes completely undetected. A patient may have made repeat visits to their GP over a period of time, but the GP fails to diagnose any illness.
- If you believe you or a member of your family has received poor treatment through wrongful diagnosis or late diagnosis, please get in touch as soon as possible as time limits may apply.
- We will take the worry and hassle out of making a claim by following our misdiagnosis claims process:
- Starting from the date when your injury occurs – or the day when you are first aware the injury was a result of negligence – you usually have three years to make a misdiagnosis claim, as is the case with most medical negligence claims. When a child is involved, the three-year period begins on their 18th birthday and you have until they are 21 to make a claim. In cases where a fatality occurs, the time limit starts the day the victim passes away.
- When it comes to misdiagnosis cases and medical negligence claims, it’s always important to see the person behind the case and understand the impact it has had on their life, both in the short and long term.
- Sometimes the effect of medical misdiagnosis can impact upon a person, their family and loved ones for years after the event. It’s our job to understand how misdiagnosis has affected someone and secure the most suitable compensation package possible.
- Having successfully conducted cases involving severe injury and death as a result of misdiagnosis, we are experienced in all aspects of this field. Our in-depth knowledge also extends to failed diagnosis cases or cases where drugs have been miss-prescribed. We have also dealt with incidents where failing to treat in a timely manner has resulted in unnecessary complications.