Wrong Diagnosis – Can You Claim Compensation?

Wrong Diagnosis
BSC, LLB (Hons) & LPC Sophia Azam
Legally reviewed by: BSC, LLB (Hons) & LPC Sophia Azam In: Medical Negligence

Can I Receive Compensation for the Wrong Diagnosis?

When we visit a health professional we put our trust in them and expect them not to make any mistakes. However, mistakes do happen, and if such a mistake leads to a wrong diagnosis you can be left to suffer as a result.

Receiving the wrong diagnosis can have a devastating effect on both your physical and mental health. Your actual condition may have been left untreated and an invasive treatment you did receive may have been unnecessary. Regardless, if you have suffered as a result of being given the incorrect diagnosis for your condition within the last three years, you are likely owed compensation.

Get in touch with us today for support and legal advice after suffering from a wrong diagnosis.

Wrong Diagnosis

Can I Claim Compensation for the Wrong Diagnosis?

Receiving the wrong diagnosis can be emotionally and physically difficult for a number of reasons.

If your eventual diagnosis turns out to be much worse than the one that you originally received, then there is the chance that you may have lost out on valuable time to start the correct treatment for your condition. On the flip side, if the original misdiagnosis that you received overestimated the serious nature of your condition, then you may have been put through needless worry and suffering.

If you have suffered because of misdiagnosis, then you can likely claim compensation by making a medical negligence claim against your doctor or the medical institution that treated you.

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What is Misdiagnosis?

Receiving the wrong diagnosis is referred to as being misdiagnosed. Misdiagnosis is attributed to clinical negligence. There are three categories of claims in clinical negligence, these being:

  • 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

In some of the more severe cases, patients may undergo the wrong treatment or surgery, or even have organs removed due to the wrong diagnosis. 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.

How Does Wrong Diagnosis Happen?

You may receive the wrong diagnosis for a number of different reasons. Your doctor may not carry out the necessary tests, or they might carry out the incorrect tests for the symptoms that you are initially presenting.

In some cases, patients who are assessed by junior or less experienced doctors can be wrongly diagnosed if a more experienced professional has not double checked their diagnosis.

How Would my Misdiagnosis Claim be Calculated?

Because of the different levels of seriousness in cases of this type, there are a number of factors that have to be considered when compensation is being calculated. These considerations include:

  • If your actual condition or illness has worsened because of the misdiagnosis
  • If you have had surgery that you didn’t need as a result of your incorrect diagnosis
  • If you have received needless treatment for the wrong illness or condition 

However, this list is not exhaustive, and if you have suffered in any way because of misdiagnosis then you can likely make a claim for compensation.

Get Started with your Wrong Diagnosis Claim

It’s not unreasonable to expect that any potential medical diagnosis would be double checked and carefully studied. Unfortunately, it has been known for some doctors to fail in their duty of care to their patients. If you have been unfortunate enough to have suffered from a misdiagnosis, our expert medical negligence solicitors can offer their help.

Here at AWH Solicitors, we understand that claims of this nature can be very traumatic for everyone involved, and therefore we want to be able to offer as much legal support as possible.

Our medical negligence solicitors can make the process of claiming compensation as simple and stress-free as possible, so you can focus on your recovery and what really matters to you.

Get in touch with us today and find out how much compensation you can claim.

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