If you or a family member has suffered due to medical misdiagnosis, Slater and Gordon Lawyers can help you to pursue the compensation you’re entitled to.
What is medical misdiagnosis?
When you visit your GP or other medical professional, you place your trust in their knowledge, training, ability and competence. You rightly hold medical practitioners to very high standards, and the vast majority do an excellent job day in, day out.
However, if a medical practitioner makes a mistake, an error in judgement or does not take proper care in their dealings with patients, it can lead to medical misdiagnosis. Examples of misdiagnosis include:
- Misinterpreting your test results
- Failure to examine you properly
- Failure to refer you to an appropriate specialist
- Avoidable delays in the diagnosis process, leading to delays in treatment and the worsening of medical problems
- Missing a diagnosis altogether, giving you a clean bill of health when you do in fact have a disease, condition or injury
- Diagnosing the wrong condition, leading to wrong and potentially harmful (or at least ineffective) treatment
All of the above can cause serious problems for the patient. Medical misdiagnosis claims are often pursued due to a worsening of symptoms, leading to unnecessary pain and suffering. Misdiagnosis can also lead to a reduced life span or a life-changing medical condition that could potentially have been treated if it had been spotted earlier. Patients are often left out of pocket due to medical bills, costs for care and adapting their homes in order to cope with their new medical needs. They can lose income and earnings, see their work and personal relationships suffer and ultimately experience a poorer quality of life due to a mistake by a trusted medical practitioner.
If anything like this has happened to you, it’s crucial to seek expert legal advice as soon as possible. Slater and Gordon Lawyers have solicitors with extensive experience in medical misdiagnosis claims of all kinds. Our team are renowned for their expertise in this area, as well as their compassion, sensitivity and dedication.
How do you make a medical misdiagnosis claim?
Generally speaking, medical misdiagnosis claims tend to have a higher chance of being successful if they proceed as soon as possible after the misdiagnosis. This is because these types of case can be difficult to prove, so gathering the evidence and all possible information while it’s available is crucial.
If you think you may have a claim, don’t hesitate to contact our specialist team here at Slater and Gordon Lawyers. Simply provide us with as much detail as possible about what happened so we can assess your case and explain clearly, honestly and realistically whether or not you have a valid claim for compensation.
Once you instruct us to represent you in a medical misdiagnosis claim, our experienced team of clinical negligence solicitors can get to work. We gather information relating to your medical records and raise an official complaint through the NHS Litigation Authority or other relevant body.
Every patient, whether treated privately or on the NHS, has certain rights. These include the right to:
- Make a complaint about any aspect of the service or treatment you’ve received
- Have all complaints investigated thoroughly and efficiently
- Take your case to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman if you feel you’ve been unfairly treated
- Receive compensation if you’ve experienced harm or suffering as a result of negligence (including medical misdiagnosis)
Your solicitor at Slater and Gordon will ensure that every one of your patient rights are upheld and that your complaint is pursued in a timely and efficient manner, with the ultimate aim of securing you the compensation you are entitled to.
Proving medical misdiagnosis can sometimes be difficult, which is why you need an experienced and specialist solicitor on your side. To win your case, we aim to demonstrate clearly that the standard of care you received fell below what may reasonably have been expected, or that another professional working at the same level in the same field would have acted differently when diagnosing you.
Why choose us?
Slater and Gordon Lawyers is a firm renowned for its clinical and medical negligence expertise. We are proud to have received many national awards and recognition in this area of the law, including our clinical negligence team being top ranked in the Chambers and Partners 2018 Directory. We are also on the AvMA Specialist Clinical Negligence Panel, a charity dedicated to protecting patient safety and pursuing justice following medical negligence.
The majority of our clinical and medical negligence claims are undertaken on a no win, no fee basis. This is also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement, and means is that there's no financial risk to you if you choose to pursue a claim for compensation. Our solicitors won’t take a fee unless they’re successful in winning your case and all details of fees in this instance will be clearly explained to you at the very start of your claim - so there’ll never be any unpleasant surprises further down the line.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers know that medical misdiagnosis can cause an enormous amount of distress and suffering. This is why our aim is to make the process of pursuing justice as quick, easy and as stress-free as possible. You can rely on our industry-leading solicitors to handle every part of the claim on your behalf, so you can simply focus on your wellbeing.
If you need our help, we won’t let you down. Please contact our medical misdiagnosis claims team here at Slater and Gordon Lawyers on Freephone 0800 916 9049 or fill in our simple online contact form to arrange an initial consultation with a legal expert.