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Compensation for Misdiagnosis

Have you been misdiagnosed by your hospital or doctor?

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Misdiagnosed By Your Doctor?


Misdiagnosis is a form of medical negligence, which can have serious repercussions for a patient. In simple terms, a misdiagnosis is an error or failure, which occurs during the process of diagnosing a patient with an illness or other medical condition. As a result, the diagnosis a doctor or hospital gives is inaccurate. When misdiagnosis occurs, patients could suffer numerous consequences. Common examples include the further progression of a disease or illness, or the receipt of the wrong medication or treatment. In extreme cases, misdiagnosis could lead to disfigurement, brain damage or even death.

The term ‘misdiagnosis’ is broad and covers a number of different types of medical errors made during the diagnosis process. However, generally, instances of misdiagnosis can be categorised into one of three different types:

Missed Diagnosis

A missed diagnosis occurs when a patient goes to a physician and, despite the existence of a medical condition, it is not identified. Put simply, it is the complete failure to spot a real problem. The consequences of a missed diagnosis can be massive, especially if a serious illness or disease is not detected in an early enough stage for successful treatment to be carried out.

Severe Misdiagnosis

A severe misdiagnosis typically involves a physician diagnosing a patient with a condition they do not really have. For example, a patient may be told they have cancer, when they do not. In many cases, this will result in a patient receiving medication that they do not need. However, in the most severe cases, it could lead to a patient receiving an unnecessary operation or even limb amputation.

Partial Misdiagnosis

A partial misdiagnosis is usually classified as the accurate diagnosis of a condition, but the inaccurate diagnosis of a subtype. For example, a psychiatrist may accurately diagnose a patient with bipolar disorder, but misdiagnose the type of bipolar disorder. Although it may sound less serious, partial misdiagnosis could involve the complete mismanagement of a condition, which could subsequently have severe consequences.

What Next?

If you have been misdiagnosed by your doctor or hospital, resulting in a delayed treatment for cancer for example, then you maybe able to make a claim for medical negligence compensation. Complete a claim form or call 0800 122 3130 to see if you can make a no win no fee claim for compensation.

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If you are unsure if you have a claim then call our team for free, no obligation advice on making a claim. They will ask you some simple questions about your exposure and will be able to tell you if you have a claim or not. Call 24/7 0800 122 3130.

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