Medical Misdiagnosis Claims
A medical misdiagnosis can have a devastating effect on your life, in some cases leaving you facing pain and discomfort every day, and even a shorter life expectancy.
If you have experienced a missed or late diagnosis you may be able to claim compensation. TRUE Solicitors has a team of specialist lawyers whose experience and expertise can help you to obtain the maximum compensation in the shortest possible time.
What is classed as a medical misdiagnosis?
Medical misdiagnosis can fall into three different categories:
Missed diagnosis: The failure to diagnose an illness or injury, despite reported health issues by the patient.
Late diagnosis: The delayed or late identification of a medical condition or injury, leading to further complications and a delay in treatment.
Incorrect diagnosis: An illness or injury is diagnosed as something else, resulting in the incorrect medication or treatment being given.
What can I claim compensation for as a result of the medical misdiagnosis?
You may be able to claim for the following:
- Loss of earnings.
- Injury compensation.
- Medical expenses such as physiotherapy fees, prescription charges and painkillers.
- Compensation for the care and support provided by family or friends.
- Reduced life expectancy.
- Ongoing illness.
- Recovery time.
- Expected lifestyle changes.
How much will my medical misdiagnosis claim be worth?
The amount of compensation that you may receive is dependent upon the individual circumstances of your case. The amount will depend on factors such as:
- The severity of your misdiagnosis.
- How your life has been affected by the injury or illness.
- Your future care and support needs.
- Financial losses, including how much money you’ve lost or will lose resulting from the negligent treatment (e.g. loss of earnings, travel expenses).
- Specialist equipment and adaptations that you may need.
Is there a time limit for making a misdiagnosis claim?
You have up to 3 years from the date you became aware that you were medically misdiagnosed to make a claim. It is advisable to seek legal advice as soon as possible, whilst the information and circumstances around the misdiagnosis are fresh to mind.
You are able to make a claim on a child’s behalf at any time after the misdiagnosis has occurred, before the child reaches the age of 18. After the child has turned 18 they have until they are 21 to make a claim themselves.
If you would like to pursue a claim on behalf of a loved one who has sadly passed away, where a misdiagnosis has contributed towards their death, you can make a claim within 3 years of that date.
What are commonly misdiagnosed illnesses?
Misdiagnosed illnesses are often those which have symptoms that can be mistaken for something else. Illnesses that are commonly misdiagnosed include:
• Multiple Sclerosis
How do I start a claim for medical misdiagnosis?
If you believe that you or a loved one has a claim for medical misdiagnosis, contact TRUE Solicitors today to speak to a member of our medical negligence team. We offer an initial free, no obligation assessment of your case.
How much will it cost to make a claim?
TRUE Solicitors will manage your claim on a ‘No win, No fee’ basis, so there is no financial risk to you. Our charges to you are dependent upon the individual type of case, and are typically a percentage of the compensation amount that we obtain for you. The charges will be no more than 25% of your compensation.
Submit Your claim – we will establish who was at fault and submit a claim on your behalf.
Gather the Evidence and Arrange Treatment – we will collect all of the evidence needed to prove your claim, arrange a medical examination for you, and if appropriate arrange treatment to assist with your recovery.
Win Your Claim – we will fight hard on your behalf to recover maximum compensation in the shortest time.
How Long Will My Claim Take?
The length of medical negligence claims depends on whether the other party admits fault, the severity of the injury and the extent of the claim for losses and expenses. Straightforward medical negligence claims may settle within a few months, whereas complex cases may take in excess of a year.