Dictionaries define medical misdiagnosis as an incorrect diagnosis or incorrect assessment of a condition. In reality, there are actually two very different kinds of misdiagnosis, namely making a wrong diagnosis or failing to make a diagnosis altogether.
An incorrect diagnosis may mean a doctor diagnosing a bone fracture as a much less serious injury, like a sprain, for instance. Another example of this type of misdiagnosis would be calling a malignant tumour benign, or vice versa. In either case, the patient could potentially be treated for the wrong condition and ultimately suffer far more than they would have if their condition had been diagnosed and treated correctly from the beginning. In such a case, the patient would be entitled to personal injury compensation.
Failure to diagnose
In this instance, a doctor may fail to diagnose a condition in spite of the patient visiting them with signs and symptoms of a condition or illness. This too may result in the patient suffering more than necessary or, in case of an undiagnosed cancer or serious heart condition, for example, they may even die. Here too, the patient, or the family left behind if the undiagnosed condition turned out to be fatal, has the right to claim for compensation.
Diagnosing an illness wrongly or not at all is also often referred to as clinical or medical negligence. The effects of such negligence can be long lasting, and patients affected may not only suffer prolonged pain and diminished quality of life, but also experience financial difficulties as a result. Having put their trust, and indeed their lives, into the hands of what they believed to be experts, they have every right to seek monetary compensation for their suffering.
If you were wrongly diagnosed, or not diagnosed at all, and subsequently suffer pain, mental distress and financial problems, contact Accident Advice Helpline for assistance in getting the compensation you are entitled to on 0800 689 0500. Calls are confidential, free and without obligation.
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Accident Advice Helpline is a well established law firm with over 15 years’ experience in handling cases like yours. To prevent adding extra financial worries to your situation, claims dealt with by the company’s specialised lawyers are invariably taken on under conditional fee agreements. This means you have nothing to pay until your compensation claim has been settled. A percentage of the awarded compensation will then be deducted to cover legal fees and other expenses incurred during the claim process.
Date Published: February 25, 2014
Author: David Brown