If you’ve been injured in an accident or you’ve developed symptoms related to an underlying health issue, early diagnosis is always preferable. The longer it takes to make a diagnosis, the lower the chances of successful treatment. A late diagnosis can also prolong suffering for patients, as they continue to experience symptoms, and there is the added distress of not knowing what is wrong with them. If you’ve seen medical professionals, and you have suffered because of a late diagnosis, you may be able to claim compensation as a result.
How does a late diagnosis affect compensation claims?
There are various ways in which a late diagnosis can impact compensation claims. Firstly, if you, as the patient, don’t seek medical advice for injuries or symptoms, there is every chance that your condition could have become more advanced by the time you do see a doctor. Secondly, if you don’t see a doctor after an accident, and you want to make a compensation claim, the time period during which it’s possible to claim compensation may have lapsed. Alternatively, there may be a situation where you receive a late diagnosis as a result of negligence on the part of the medical team or delays caused by problems such as staff being overworked, or a lack of time and resources available to carry out treatment on time. This scenario is completely different to the first two, as it places liability on medical professionals or their governing trusts, rather than you.
Can I make a claim for compensation?
If you’re thinking of claiming compensation following a delayed diagnosis, it’s best to seek expert advice. If you want to pursue a medical negligence claim, and you have evidence to support your case, Accident Advice Helpline could help. Our expert team of personal injury lawyers will use the evidence you provide to create a robust case. If you are awarded medical negligence compensation, the amount you are granted will depend on several factors, including the long-term implications of negligence associated with a delayed or inaccurate diagnosis.
If you’ve been affected by a late diagnosis, and you’d like to find out more about the process of claiming compensation, it’s wise to have trained legal experts on your side. At Accident Advice Helpline, we have more than 15 years of experience in dealing with personal injury claims, and we do everything we can to provide a simple, hassle-free service for our clients. To find out more, call us today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.