When we visit a doctor, nurse or specialist practitioner, we put our lives and health into the hands of that professional. Relying on their skill, experience and knowledge, we put faith in the fact that if there is a problem, they will not only be able to identify and diagnose said problem but also set us on the right course of treatment.
For the majority of people, this is the case. However, in a select few (but still significant) number of cases, the knowledge and actions of that specialist may be flawed. Misdiagnosis is a huge problem within the NHS where compensation claims in 2012 saw them awarding over £90million in damages to patients.
The pain and suffering of anyone who has an illness misdiagnosed can be unbearable. However, UK law gives those patients or their families the right to seek a compensation claim in Stourbridge. This compensation may not right the situation entirely but could give financial support to a person or family struggling to deal with their circumstances.
What Is Misdiagnosis?
Misdiagnosis is, as the name suggests, a term given where an illness or ailment is misdiagnosed. The term can fit three categories:
- Total Misdiagnosis – where a problem is not spotted, symptoms ignored or for any other reason the health professional fails to diagnose the problem altogether.
- Late Diagnosis – where the problem is diagnosed but not immediately
- Incorrect Diagnosis – where the wrong problem is highlighted leading to the wrong medication or treatment being prescribed.
Of course, many people will be aware that there are certain conditions, such as cancer, where an early and accurate diagnosis could prove to be the difference between life and death. Therefore, it is crucial that when we seek a medical opinion, that opinion is correct.
There are many dangers and consequences to a misdiagnosis. Whilst some people might miss out on vital treatment, others may be given the wrong treatment for a condition they do not have. In either event, this treatment or lack thereof could have devastating consequences.
Seeking A Compensation Claim In Stourbridge
UK law allows that where a person health, well-being or lifespan affected by a misdiagnosis, that person has the right to raise a compensation claim in Stourbridge. This law exists because doctors and other medical professionals have a duty of care to their patients. This duty ensures that they take any and all necessary and reasonable steps to safeguard the lives and health of the people within their care. When this duty is breached because of their lack of care or negligence then the person affected by it is entitled to make a compensation claim in Stourbridge.
With over 13 years’ experience assisting with compensation claim in Stourbridge, Accident Advice Helpline can help you and your family to receive the compensation you deserve and are entitled to. This compensation may not help to right the situation but could give you the financial support you need as you recover or come to terms with the situation. Our 30 second test could tell you immediately whether your claim is valid.