General practitioners and hospital doctors are professionals, but in the course of their work, it is possible for them to make mistakes. If you have suffered medical negligence at the hands of your clinician, you may be eligible to claim compensation. Undiagnosed illnesses are one of the largest areas for medical negligence claims – you may be visiting your GP for a regular check-up or attending to discuss a specific health concern. Conditions such as prostate cancer and appendicitis are frequently misdiagnosed, but medical professionals can often fail to diagnose serious illnesses such as cancer, with severe consequences for the patient. A late or missed diagnosis could mean treatment does not commence in time; the results could even be fatal. Many people feel guilty about claiming compensation for undiagnosed illnesses, but there is no reason to; if your medical professional has failed you in some way, it’s only right that you should receive compensation for your suffering. Whether you have been injured due to medical negligence at hospital or because of mistakes made by your family GP, contacting a personal injury lawyer should always be your first step.
How to claim compensation for undiagnosed illnesses
Unfortunately, if an illness goes undiagnosed, it may often have fatal consequences for the patient. It is still possible to make a claim for compensation if somebody has died, however, there are strict time limits in place for the claim to be made; the patient must normally have died within three years of the date of the clinical mistake. Remember that doctors and nurses will not take your claim personally – if you are suing a hospital doctor, your claim will be against the NHS trust which runs the hospital. To find out if you are eligible to make a claim, get in touch with a personal injury lawyer today.
Choosing the right personal injury lawyer
When selecting a personal injury lawyer to handle your medical negligence claim, choose a firm which is accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. Accident Advice Helpline has experience handling all types of medical negligence claims and we can offer you confidential, no-obligation advice. You could find out right now how much compensation you could be eligible to claim, by taking the 30-second test on our website, then call our freephone 24/7 helpline to find out more. If you have suffered loss of earnings due to undiagnosed illnesses, get in touch today.
Date Published: July 18, 2014
Author: David Brown