A patient of a negligent GP has won a cash payout as a result of a failure to diagnose the deadly meningitis bug. Mrs Coakley visited her GP with complaints of symptoms which she associated with meningitis herself, but her physician failed to make the diagnosis. By failing to examine the rashes Mrs Coakley was displaying and by failing to examine for further signs of the bacterial infection, Mrs Coakley was sent home with the recommendation of bed rest and fluids to treat the respiratory tract infection that her GP diagnosed. Mrs Coakley subsequently collapsed and spent days in a comatose state. This lead to complications leaving Mrs Coakley completely blind and partially deaf. Due to a failure to examine the patient completely and to take into account the patient’s concerns about meningitis, there were severe consequences to an otherwise healthy patient. Mrs Coakley sought her right to compensation for the failure to diagnose an illness and won a cash payout.
Making a medical negligence claim
Medical misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose both fall under medical or clinical negligence and can result in serious consequences to the sufferer of an illness. In this case, the patient was not examined properly and basic clinical observations were not made in order to diagnose the common meningitis bug. Anyone who has been misdiagnosed or has failed to be diagnosed and suffers consequences may be entitled to compensation where there is evidence of negligence. Sufferers may also be able to claim if they were not treated correctly for an illness or were not treated at all. You may have been the victim of a negligent GP, surgeon, dentist or nurse but Accident Advice Helpline can help you make a claim.
How we can help sufferers of medical negligence
As a law firm which has been in business for almost 14 years, Accident Advice Helpline has assisted thousands of sufferers of medical negligence to claim compensation. Any illness which has misdiagnosed or any injury which has not been adequately treated may be eligible for compensation where there is evidence of negligence. Call our free 24-hour helpline to obtain some no-obligation advice from one of our team of solicitors and see if you could be eligible to make a claim. Our no win, no fee* policy means that you won’t be out of pocket to pursue the compensation you are entitled to.
Source: Hampshire Chronicle
Date Published: July 12, 2014
Author: David Brown