Can I Make a Misdiagnosis Claim against my Doctor?
Can I sue my doctor for misdiagnosis is a pertinent question if you have been let down by a healthcare professional that you put your trust in. Despite hoping that any medical diagnosis would be painstakingly studied and checked beforehand, sometimes doctors fail in their duty of care to patients.
If you have been the victim of misdiagnosis, our expert medical negligence solicitors are trained in medical negligence cases and can offer their help.
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Can I sue my doctor for misdiagnosis?
A misdiagnosis of your medical condition can be traumatic for a number of reasons. If your actual diagnosis turns out to be worse than the original opinion, then you may have lost valuable time to start the correct treatment for your condition. On the other hand, if your misdiagnosis overestimated the serious nature of your condition then you may have been put through needless worry and suffering.
If you have suffered as a result of your doctor misdiagnosing you, then you can likely make a negligence claim against them.
There are three categories of claims in misdiagnosis negligence, which are:
- Total misdiagnosis, in which the symptoms are not diagnosed at all
- Wrongful diagnosis, in which the symptoms are incorrectly diagnosed
- Late diagnosis, in which the symptoms are diagnosed beyond a reasonable time lapse
These different misdiagnosis situations can lead to lots of different situations of varying severity. In some of the worse cases, patients may even undergo the wrong treatment or have organs removed due to misdiagnosis. If you can prove that the suffering you have experienced is worse than if you were correctly diagnosed then you can sue your doctor for misdiagnosis.
If you have been unfortunate enough to have found yourself in one of these situations then a chat with our expert solicitors can help you find out how to construct a strong case and win the compensation that you deserve.
Why do medical misdiagnoses occur?
Your doctor may misdiagnose your condition for a number of reasons. They may not carry out necessary tests, or they might carry out the incorrect tests for the symptoms.
In unfortunate cases, a patient being assessed by a less experienced doctor can lead to medical errors if a more experienced professional has not double checked their diagnosis.
How would my misdiagnosis claim be calculated?
Because of the varying seriousness in cases of this type, there would be a number of things that would have to be considered when your compensation is being calculated for a misdiagnosis case. These would be:
- If you have received treatment for the wrong illness or condition
- If you have had surgery that you didn’t need
- If your real illness has got worse
This list is not exhaustive, and if you have suffered at all as the result of your doctor’s misdiagnosis then you can likely make a claim. Contact our legal advisors today for an informative chat.
We understand that misdiagnosis claims of this nature can be very traumatic for everyone involved, and so we want to be able to offer as much support as possible. We can make the legal process as simple and stress-free as possible, so you can focus on your recovery and what really matters to you.
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