Negligence claims

Medical misdiagnosis claims

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

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What is a medical misdiagnosis claim?

In the majority of circumstances, when a patient is having their symptoms investigated, they’ll be given a correct diagnosis and correct treatment for that diagnosis. However, when the diagnosis given is incorrect or missed altogether , it can cause pain and suffering and can sometimes be life-threatening. If you’ve been misdiagnosed and this has caused you harm, you may be entitled to compensation.

Do I know if I have a medical misdiagnosis claim?

If you have been given a misdiagnosis which has caused you harm, you may be able to claim compensation for medical negligence. The most common types of medical misdiagnosis are:

  • Where you’ve been given a misdiagnosis for something much less serious and you’ve therefore had a delay in treatment
  • Where you’ve been given a diagnosis which is incorrect and have been given unnecessary treatment
  • Where you’ve been given a diagnosis which is incorrect and have been given unnecessary surgery
  • Where you’ve been given a diagnosis that’s caused you a severe psychological reaction, such as if you’ve been told you’re terminally ill
  • Where you’ve not been diagnosed at all

If you’ve suffered harm as a result of a misdiagnosis, you may be entitled to claim medical negligence compensation funded by a No Win No Fee agreement.

What mistakes can lead to a medical misdiagnosis?

There are a number of mistakes that can lead to a medical misdiagnosis, from not undertaking the appropriate tests to misinterpreting test results. If you believe a mistake lead to a medical misdiagnosis that has caused you harm, contact our medical negligence specialists today who will provide you with expert advice on whether or not you have a claim for compensation.

The vast majority of our medical negligence cases are conducted on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning there’s no financial risk to you.

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 a medical misdiagnosis 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 medical misdiagnosis negligence?

Every case of medical misdiagnosis 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 misdiagnosis 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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