Delayed diagnosis

It's important that you choose a medical negligence lawyer who has the experience and knowledge to deal with your compensation claim effectively.

When it comes to medical emergencies or even illnesses, one of the most crucial aspects of being able to treat the illness quickly and effectively is initially being able to identify what the illness is. On the first instance of feeling unwell many of us choose to visit our local GP for a check–up, but if they are unable to determine the cause of the problem we may then be referred to a hospital for further tests with the aim of identifying what is potentially wrong, so that we are able to treat it.

Unfortunately in some situations when it comes to diagnosis the medical professional who is responsible for your diagnosis could make an error, this could lead to a misdiagnosis of your illness, or to them missing a potentially serious illness altogether. As a result, your diagnosis and treatment could be delayed.

If you develop more serious illnesses or symptoms, or this delayed diagnosis has a direct impact on your ability to continue with your daily lifestyle, then you could be eligible to make a compensation claim.

WHO CAN I CLAIM AGAINST FOR A DELAYED DIAGNOSIS?

When it comes to making a claim for a delayed diagnosis you can claim against the person who is responsible for diagnosing your illness. In some cases this could be your GP if your illness was missed at the initial consultation stage, and in other cases it could be medical professionals working in a hospital or other environment if your illness has progressed further.

IN WHICH SITUATIONS MIGHT I BE ABLE TO MAKE A CLAIM?

There are many situations where you could therefore be eligible for a compensation claim, as a result of a delayed diagnosis and some of these include:

  • Worsening of pre–existing medical conditions
  • Development of new medical conditions
  • Need for increased treatment or rehabilitation time
  • Development of potentially life–threatening or long–term medical conditions.

ARE THERE ADDITIONAL COSTS I CAN CLAIM FROM A DELAYED DIAGNOSIS?

  • Loss of income – if you are unable to return to work for an extended period of time then you could be eligible to make a claim for any loss of income that you have incurred as a result of a delayed diagnosis
  • Further medical costs – a delayed diagnosis could lead to the development of new, more serious medical conditions which may require additional treatment. This treatment could be expensive and you could be eligible to make a claim
  • Damages – in some cases a delayed diagnosis could lead to a terminal disease such as cancer, in this situation it will have a direct impact on your lifestyle and those around you. You could make a claim for damages in this case.

HOW CAN THE MEDICAL COMPENSATION 4U APPROACH HELP ME?

The team at Medical Compensation 4U are here to help when it comes to dealing with your personal injury cases. Bringing together a wealth of knowledge and expertise we can help you throughout the process, every step of the way. Working together we can earn you every penny of compensation that you deserve, and ensure that it’s put straight back into your pocket.