Many patients are understandably angry and frustrated to discover that their doctor has either failed to diagnose or misdiagnosed an illness, especially if this failure has resulted in significant pain and suffering. Only some of these patients will be entitled to claim personal injury compensation, however, as even the most committed and observant doctors can sometimes make mistakes. Treating another person’s illness is never an easy task, and the law will only compensate those patients who have been the victim of medical negligence.
Proving medical negligence
In order to assess whether or not you have been the victim of medical negligence, your solicitor will investigate your case notes thoroughly and usually ask the opinion of another doctor. Doctors use a procedure known as ‘differential diagnosis,’ where they will begin with a list of various possible conditions and then narrow this list down based on the patient’s response to treatment, the results of tests, and new symptoms. Another medical professional will be able to tell whether or not this procedure has been followed correctly and the doctor has been ‘reasonably skilful and competent’ in his diagnosis.
It’s also important to bear in mind that a missed or misdiagnosis can also be made due to faulty equipment or incorrect test results. If your doctor has made his diagnosis on the basis of incorrect information, he wouldn’t be considered negligent. The person who performed the tests could be to blame. In this situation, personal injury compensation can be claimed from them.
What to do if your doctor has failed to diagnose your illness
As a lay person, it can be almost impossible to tell whether or not your doctor has been negligent without expert advice. If you feel that you may have been injured due to medical negligence, contact our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline.
We are a law firm which specialises in personal injury compensation, and have been helping others like you receive the compensation they are due for over thirteen years now. Our solicitors are highly experienced in dealing with medical malpractice, and can accurately pinpoint negligence in medical cases using the expert advice of other medical professionals. There’s no obligation to continue with a claim simply by making a call, but if you choose to go ahead it will be done on a no win, no fee* basis, usually without the need for you to personally attend court.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.