A claim for misdiagnosis may arise where the medical professional you have been attending upon for treatment/assessment either completely fails to diagnose the condition you are suffering from, or incorrectly diagnoses it as some other medical condition.
For example, you may have been visiting your GP complaining of headaches but your GP has put the headaches down to stress/eye strain etc without carrying out any thorough investigations. If it is subsequently found that you are actually suffering from a brain tumour (of which the headaches were a symptom) and the delay in diagnosing the same has lessened your chances of making a full recovery from the disease, then you may be able to make a claim for medical negligence. Similarly, if you visit your GP with a rash which your GP puts down to heat rash or an allergic reaction, and it is subsequently found that you are suffering from meningitis, this could have serious (even life threatening) consequences and you would be entitled to make a claim for medical negligence. A misdiagnosis can often lead to incorrect, inadequate or inappropriate treatment being prescribed and this can cause further complications.
There are many circumstances in which a misdiagnosis may occur. These may include:
- Fracture/break of bones
- Cancer misdiagnosis
- Brain Tumour
It is important that you are able to prove that any delay in diagnosis or failure to diagnose, has either delayed your recovery and/or has introduced further complications which would not have been present if you had been diagnosed in time or at all.
How long do I have to make a claim?
There are strict time limits in place governing how long you have to make a medical negligence claim. It is usually the case that you have three years from the date of becoming aware of the misdiagnosis in which to pursue a claim. For children, they have up until their 21st birthday in which to make a claim. In all cases, it is vital that you seek legal advice as soon as you become aware that you may be the victim of medical negligence.
The cost of funding a medical negligence claim
Our expert solicitors will be able to discuss with you the various options of funding your claim which may include legal aid, a no-win no-fee agreement, or legal expense insurance. These options will be discussed with you in details to ensure you choose the option that is right for you.
Why choose Loyalty Law for your Misdiagnosis matter?
All Loyalty Law solicitors are checked and vetted to ensure that they meet our criteria in the following ways:
- Before they can start working with us and for you, they are individually interviewed by our managing director, a solicitor himself (although no longer practising). He is quickly able to assess whether they have the legal skills, but also whether they are easy to speak with on the telephone and will give you the confidence to believe in the service that you deserve.
- At the end of every legal matter that a Loyalty Law solicitor handles for one of our clients, we carry out an interview with the client to ensure that they have been completely satisfied with the service. This ensures that not only does the solicitor start off by providing an excellent service when he joins us, but through your feedback they continue to achieve the right service levels and continue to make you happy. This is important to us and is one of the reasons why we believe Loyalty Law is the right place for you to choose your solicitor.
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