Misdiagnosis Compensation Claims
Misdiagnosis can mean either incorrect diagnosis or a simple failure to diagnose at all. Failure to diagnose also includes a situation where a diagnosis has been delayed and as a result of that delay, further injury has been caused or additional suffering has been caused.
There are situations where a delay in diagnosis does not cause any additional damage or extend the period of pain and suffering and these claims are unlikely to be successful.
However, we will always get a full story from you and try and establish what went wrong and how to determine whether the delayed diagnosis was negligent.
An example of where a delay in arriving at the right diagnosis can cause additional harm is where someone goes to hospital with an ankle injury and it is either not scanned or a fracture is missed when the scans are considered and the patient then weight bears on the ankle without support or a proper cast, causing more damage to the joint which can either be permanent or requiring additional treatment. In those circumstances, had the doctor spotted the fracture on the scan in the first place, the appropriate treatment would have been given and further injury avoided.
Other common misdiagnoses include where medical reports, x-rays or test results are not read or read incorrectly, symptoms incorrectly diagnosed and failure to refer for treatment.
There are some conditions and diseases that are harder to diagnose than others, particularly cancers and neurological conditions and it is important that before a claim is made that we investigate the circumstances fully.
In some cases, consequences of a mis-diagnosis can be severe and unfortunately in some cases fatal.
How Tollers can help with a misdiagnosis compensation claim
Tollers specialist solicitors have vast experience in misdiagnosis claims. The legal and medical issues can be complex but we are here to guide you through this to achieve the best possible result.
We will provide a free consultation at our offices, in hospital, or at home if you prefer. We will take a full history and listen to your story and we will then give you an indication of whether we think your claim has a reasonable chance of success. If we do, we can act for you on a risk free ‘No Win No Fee’ basis.
Talk to Tollers
Throughout your claim, we will apply our extensive expertise to achieve the best possible result for you. If you prefer, we can visit you and explain the legal process clearly, including what we must prove for your claim to be successful. To talk to Tollers about a misdiagnosis compensation claim, get in touch today.