Failure by medical staff to correctly diagnose an illness is one of the largest areas of medical negligence claims, and if you have been affected by medical negligence, you’ll know that it is a serious matter. When hospital doctors or general practitioners fail to make a correct diagnosis, the impact on the patient’s life can be severe, even fatal in some cases. There are several conditions which are misdiagnosed on a regular basis, including prostate cancer, appendicitis and Cauda Equina Syndrome. Failure to diagnose an illness or a delay in receiving a diagnosis is more common than you might think, and could occur during a stay in hospital, whilst attending a routine check-up or whilst visiting your GP with health concerns. There’s no need to feel guilty about suing for medical negligence, as your GP or hospital doctor won’t take your claim personally. If you were treated at a hospital, you will normally sue the NHS trust rather than the nurse or doctor directly, and even if you are suing your GP, they will usually not be involved personally in the claim.
The process for claiming compensation
Failure to diagnose illness can impact the patient’s life severely, but you should remember that just because your doctor works for the NHS, doesn’t mean you should suffer in silence. Whilst the clinician in question did not intend to injure you, the impact of their failure to make a correct diagnosis on you and your family can be immense – you may need to take time off work and suffer loss of earnings. There is usually a time limit in place, so you must claim within three years of the date of the incident. Contacting a personal injury lawyer should be your first step, to assess whether you may be eligible.
How Accident Advice Helpline can help
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have successfully handled hundreds of claims relating to medical negligence – we’ve been in business over 14 years, so we really know our stuff. Our team of professional personal injury lawyers will offer support and advice at every stage of your claim, and we’ll work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. We’re accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and come highly recommended by our patron, Esther Rantzen, who you may recognise from TV. Why not call us today on our freephone helpline? We’re open 24/7 and here to offer confidential, no-obligation advice at any time of day or night.
Date Published: July 18, 2014
Author: David Brown