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Medical Negligence Misdiagnosis Claims

Misdiagnosis Claims

Medical negligence misdiagnosis covers a wide variety of clinical negligence claims in almost every area of medical procedure. Compensation claims for misdiagnosis also forms the largest group of medical negligence compensation claims. The National Health Service is one of the best health providers in the world, but, doctors, dentists, surgeons and other practitioners make mistakes. Those mistakes – the clinical negligence - can have lasting consequences, which can be painful for the sufferer, as well as missing out on vital treatments. At SSB Law our medical negligence solicitors can guide you through the process of making a medical negligence compensation claim with the benefit of their unique understanding of this area of law.

Medical Negligence Misdiagnosis takes many different forms different forms, so we have set out some more information to assist you. Alternatively use the contact form to request more information or call us for a free initial discussion.

Total Misdiagnosis

This is when the diagnosis is completely wrong. The medical staff responsible for your care diagnose an incorrect ailment, disease or condition. The effect on your subsequent medical treatment can be catastrophic, because you may be being treated for something you do not have and, of course, not be being treated for the illness that you do have.  On the other hand with total misdiagnosis your doctor may have failed to spot what your condition is to begin with. If it’s a potentially life-threatening disease like cancer, the failure to diagnose it from the beginning can be absolutely disastrous.

Partial Misdiagnosis

Medical negligence claims for partial misdiagnosis involves situations where your doctor diagnoses the basic disease correctly but misdiagnoses the subtype, or doesn’t determine its subtype at all. This area of compensation claims for medical negligence isn't quite so clear.  So, for example, diabetes is a known condition affecting more and more people every day.  With Type 1, you have to inject yourself with insulin several times a day and it needs to be managed very cautiously. Type 2 can usually be managed through diet, pills and exercise. Same disease, very different subtype, it is essential to get the diagnosis correct from the beginning because again the wrong treatment may have distressing effects on your life.

What can happen if you suffer a medical negligence misdiagnosis?

• A serious illness is able to develop unchecked or without being properly treated

• You are prescribed incorrect medication due to the misdiagnosis of your condition. This could result in the prolonging of your ailment and making your condition worse.

• You are given treatment for a wrong condition. Unlikely as it seems, it can happen where patients are sent for an operation which they don’t really need.

• You’re illness gets worse due to delay of your treatment. It could even become terminal.

• The wrong limb is amputated.

• In pregnancy misdiagnosis related cases can result in damage to the mother and their unborn baby.

• To fully determine or cure your condition and you are not sent for the tests you need.

• You are not given the requisite follow-up to your results.

• Your test results are misread or not properly assessed.

It is a very wide area of medical negligence compensation claims. It is difficult to describe every situation and you should certainly not feel the need to have to pigeon hole your condition to see if you have a compensation claim for medical negligence. Research shows that most people are simply brushed off by the NHS when something goes wrong. You feel angry that you are not being listened to and betrayed by the people that were supposed to be helping up you to get better. At SSB Law we can help you to overcome those emotions, where things can be put right we can make that happen and in all cases we can ensure that you are properly compensated for the distress and pain that you have suffered and the ongoing care that you may need.