Medical negligence

Delayed diagnosis claim

A delayed diagnosis can lead to a medical negligence claim. If your illness or injury worsened because of a delayed medical diagnosis, Slater and Gordon’s specialist legal experts can help get the compensation you deserve.

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What is a delayed diagnosis claim?

When you’re ill or injured, it’s important that you’re treated for your condition as soon as possible to prevent your condition getting worse. A diagnosis is therefore necessary as soon as possible so you can begin treatment.

Where there has been an unnecessary delay in making a diagnosis and your condition has become worse as a result, you may be entitled to make a medical negligence claim.

What can cause negligent delays in diagnosis?

Delays can happen at various stages through the investigation, from first attending your GP, to receiving treatment from a consultant. Some of the more common scenarios of negligent delays include:

  • Not noticing the patient's symptoms
  • Not taking the patient seriously
  • Failing to respond to test results
  • Not referring the patient to a specialist
  • Failing to admit patients; sending them home instead
  • Wrong prioritising of the patient, putting them on a waitlist

What can happen as a result of a delayed diagnosis?

Although in most instances delays don’t have serious consequences, there are instances where a delayed diagnosis can be catastrophic. Our medical negligence experts have dealt with a number of serious cases involving a delayed diagnosis, such as:

How do I manage financially before a case has settled?

Interim payments are payments which are made before your case reaches a final conclusion. They can be extremely useful for those who've experienced medical negligence as they can pay for private medical treatments, rehabilitation support and equipment, as well as providing financial support if you’ve suffered a loss of earnings.

We’ll ensure we secure interim payments for you at the earliest convenience. Contact us to establish your full legal position 0161 830 9632.

How much can I claim for negligence caused by a delay in diagnosis?

Every case is different, and the final amount of compensation awarded will be based on the severity of the injury and the affect the injury has had on your life. Additionally, you’ll also be able to claim for any lost earnings, any long-term care, rehabilitation and any necessary house adaptations to maximise the chance of recovery and independent living.

We’ll also ensure that any compensation claim includes the cost of everything necessary to provide you with the best quality of life possible in the future, such as future care costs, future treatment and future loss of earnings.

To establish your full legal position, call us on freephone 0161 830 9632.

How much time do I have to claim?

If you believe you have a claim, it’s important that you seek advice from a lawyer who specialises in medical negligence cases as soon as possible, as there are time limits in place in England, Scotland and Wales. Generally, a claim should be made within three years from the date the negligence occurred or the date you were first aware that you had suffered a significant injury or illness due to negligence. However, there are exceptions. To read more about the time limits of making a claim, please read our Medical Negligence FAQs or our Medical Negligence Claims Guide.

Why choose Slater and Gordon?

We have many years' experience securing compensation for those who’ve suffered as a result of a delayed diagnosis caused by medical negligence and will handle your case with the utmost sensitivity and with great care.

As well as lawyers who are experts in the field of medical negligence, we also have trained nurses and midwives on our team. We offer home and hospital visits and provide immediate representation and rehabilitation support.

Contact us for a free consultation to help you understand whether or not you have a claim.

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