Medical misdiagnosis occurs when a health professional makes a mistake about a patient’s health. An error by the NHS or other medical bodies can have profound physical and psychological consequences and may entitle the victim of medical misdiagnosis to compensation.
If you or a member of your family has experienced a medical misdiagnosis, then our specialist medical negligence solicitors can help.
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Misdiagnosis Claim Specialists
If you believe that you or a member of your family may have received a medical diagnosis our expert team can help you understand whether you have a potential claim and the claim timescales and process.
With our sensitive and sympathetic legal advice, we make what can be a daunting first step in calling a misdiagnosis claim specialist as straightforward and as easy as possible. Whatever the nature of your medical misdiagnosis, our medical negligence experts will provide a listening ear and guidance on whether you have a misdiagnosis claim.
Types of Misdiagnosis Claim
Medical misdiagnosis can take many different forms. Our misdiagnosis claims team has substantial experience in misdiagnosis claims against:
- Dentists and orthodontists
- General practitioners and doctors’ surgeries
- Hospitals and consultants, including NHS and private healthcare providers
- Mental health services such as psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists
- Opticians and ophthalmologists
- Specialist clinics
- Treatment providers such as chiropractors and osteopaths
No one likes to criticise the health care they receive but on occasion, medical misdiagnosis occurs resulting in adverse medical consequences for a patient and potential life-changing outcomes.
Whatever the circumstances of your medical misdiagnosis our expert team will listen to your concerns about your treatment and its impact on you.
We have experience in the full range of misdiagnosis circumstances, including:
- Initial misdiagnosis resulting in delays in treatment of meningitis or sepsis
- Maternity-related misdiagnosis, including failure to identify high-risk pregnancies, misreading of scans, errors in recognising whether a C-section was necessary to protect mother and baby and misdiagnosis following post-natal checks
- Cancer-related misdiagnosis including delays in ordering scans and tests because assumptions were made about the patient’s initial health complaint
- Non face-to-face GP or hospital appointments resulting in misdiagnosis because of a failure to carry out a physical examination
- Surgical misdiagnosis resulting in unnecessary or inappropriate operations or procedures
- Dental misdiagnosis including abscesses leading to tooth extractions
- Opticians failing to spot eye degeneration such as glaucoma or age-related macular disease
These are just a few of the circumstances that can lead to a claim of medical misdiagnosis. With over 25 years of experience handling medical negligence claims, we have expertise in advising on all types of medical misdiagnosis, with the impact on patients ranging from psychological distress to life-changing injuries (such as amputations due to sepsis or sight loss because of glaucoma or premature births resulting in cerebral palsy) to the death of patients.
Whatever the nature of the medical misdiagnosis experienced by you or by a member of your family our team will provide compassionate legal advice, so you understand your claim options.
To bring a successful misdiagnosis claim you need to be able to show that:
- You received a misdiagnosis
- The standard of care received by you from the healthcare provider led to the misdiagnosis as your diagnostic care fell below the standard expected of a healthcare professional
- The misdiagnosis led to you sustaining additional medical complications
- You are within the required time limits to bring a misdiagnosis claim
Our misdiagnosis claims experts can help you prove all of these elements and support you in securing the compensation you deserve.
Compensation for Medical Misdiagnosis
The extent of misdiagnosis compensation depends on a range of factors including:
- Pain and suffering
- Past and future loss of earnings
- Past and future private healthcare costs
- Rehabilitation and support services
- Mobility aids and assistive technologies
- Home adaptations to your current property or the cost of moving to a new home if your property is not suitable
- Past and future care requirements
The compensation claim will be carefully assessed by our medical negligence solicitors, supported by medical or other evidence where required so that we can achieve the best compensation award for you.
How Macks Can Help
We will thoroughly explore your case and determine the best course of action that is tailored to your specific needs. We will discuss the funding arrangement that best suits your case and provide you with effective and practical advice.
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