Medicine is not an exact science and sometimes things do go wrong but occasionally the problem is caused by medical negligence, either by bad record keeping, inadequate training or because a mistake was made in interpreting results. Whichever way the misdiagnosis goes – being given better or worse news than what it strictly accurate – wrong diagnosis compensation is sometimes payable.
Keep accurate records
Obviously, no one goes to a medical practitioner expecting to be given bad news, but if it is at all practical, take someone with you. There is usually a lot of jargon flying about and it can be confusing when you get home to remember all that was said. If the diagnosis is serious, ask for it to be backed up by a letter, outlining the situation, why the diagnosis was made and what the plans are for treatment. Until this is forthcoming, jot down notes as you go but certainly as soon as you go home – if it comes to it, this information will be important when you come to claim for wrong diagnosis compensation.
There are pitfalls in applying for wrong diagnosis compensation
Any medical personal injury claim is tricky to prove because sometimes a wrong diagnosis is simply a matter of inaccurate reading of symptoms and results due to a personal opinion on the part of the medical practitioner. If you contact Accident Advice Helpline we will ask you some questions about things such as second opinions, who gave you the diagnosis and in what way it is wrong. Wrong diagnosis compensation amounts will vary widely, depending on the impact of the mistake and it is sometimes hard to quantify the effect any time lost or incomplete surgical intervention may have had on your quality of life. Keep your records to hand when you ring the Freephone helpline to make sure you have all of the facts at your fingertips. You may find it distressing, especially if you are ringing on behalf of a deceased person, but our experienced staff will talk you through the process sympathetically.
Doctors sometimes find it difficult when asked to criticise a colleague’s work, but as personal injury compensation specialists we know how best to approach them for the paperwork needed for your claim, so there is no need to worry about it; you are unlikely to have to appear in court and most claims can be completed over the phone.