Professional legal advice in the event of a medical misdiagnosis
If your medical condition is misdiagnosed you could be given the wrong treatment or even miss out on treatment completely. Either way, your condition could deteriorate with serious consequences. If this has happened to you or a relative or loved one, we can help you determine whether or not you are entitled to compensation. Contact us to discuss your circumstances.
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What is a Misdiagnosis?
A misdiagnosis is essentially a mistake made on the behalf of a GP or another professional in diagnosing your condition. These errors can have serious effects upon you and those around you. A misdiagnosis could be due to a medical professional diagnosing the wrong condition, or simply not noticing the condition that you have. Alternatively you may have a delayed diagnosis, meaning that you are not treated fast enough for maximal recovery.
We deal with several types of misdiagnosis including:
- Cancer misdiagnosis - As cancer is one of the biggest killers in the world, it is vital that you are provided the right diagnosis and treatment in time. If you are not diagnosed properly, the cancer may advance to a point where it becomes much less likely to be curable.
- Missed fractures misdiagnosis - A fracture needs to be treated as soon as possible so that it can set correctly and heal fully. Any delay in diagnosis can result in increased pain or cause further complications.
- Stroke misdiagnosis - A stroke happen very quickly and cause and prompt diagnosis and treatment is crucial to minimising the risk of life-altering consequences.
How can a successful claim help me?
A misdiagnosis can be financially tough, forcing you to take time off work, leaving you with expensive medical bills, and any other adjustments to your life that may be needed due to your condition. A successful settlement can help you to recoup losses that you may have experienced and help to fund any ongoing treatment or care that you require. The total amount you receive will depend upon your specific case and what condition you have developed.
You may also qualify to receive interim payments. These are incremental payments that are deducted from the final settlement and paid out to you over the course of the case to help you pay for any immediate care, rather than having to wait until your case is concluded.
When can I make a Medical Negligence claim?
In most cases, claims need to be made within three years from when you either suffered negligent care, or three years from when you first discovered your injury or condition. However, this time restriction can vary depending on the circumstances of your case.For example, when making a claim for a child, the three year time restriction begins after the child turn 18 years old. Likewise, someone who lacks mental capacity and cannot make a claim on their own may also be exempt from the restriction.
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How are misdiagnosis claims funded?
There are various options for funding claims. Many of our cases are funded using Conditional Fee Agreements, (also called a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement). In a Conditional Fee Agreement, you will only pay for our solicitors’ work if we win the case for you. In very limited cases we can offer advice for free thanks to Legal Aid funding. Our solicitors can review and discuss your funding options and help you decide the best route to take.
How can Switalskis help me?
We believe that it is important to understand what went wrong and why you were subject to a medical misdiagnosis. We will provide you with the advice and guidance you need along the way, to give you peace of mind and fair compensation.
Our team includes solicitors who are accredited as specialists by both The Law Society and the patients’ charity, Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA). We are also recognised as being among the top Clinical Negligence teams in England by the Legal 500 UK, the foremost legal guide for clients.
Call us on 0800 138 0458 or contact us through the website to talk to a medical negligence solicitor about your circumstances.