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When hospital doctors, or GPs, fail to diagnose a condition which later causes serious harm to a patient, there may be a negligence case to answer.

The clinical negligence solicitors at Healys can help you bring hospital or GP misdiagnosis claims for compensation if a failure to correctly diagnose has caused you further injury, illness or harm, and quantifiable loss.

“Thank you for your email keeping me informed. I would like to take this opportunity of thanking you for all your hard work and support in negotiating a settlement. This has not been an easy case and with your expertise, compassion and patience you have finally brought my case to a satisfactory conclusion. I can now go ahead with restorative work to my teeth and with ongoing support I can now look forward to a happier future.”

We aim to provide:

  • Free assessment of your claim.
  • One to one contact with your lawyer from day one.
  • Clear and unambiguous legal advice.
  • Visits to you at home, hospital or in a rehabilitation centre.
  • Early interim payments and funding for rehabilitation needs.
  • Maximum compensation and the best outcomes for you.

Call Healys Medical Negligence Solicitors today. Our friendly team is here to help. You can see how we have helped our clients in our case studies section.

What is Misdiagnosis?

Misdiagnosis can include any one of the following:

  • Failure to diagnose an injury or condition
  • Failure to refer a patient when the need for further examination or treatment is indicated
  • Failure to treat an injury or condition according to medical best practice at the time

Steps to a successful claim

Any hospital or GP misdiagnosis claim must be able to prove that a doctor acted incompetently or unreasonably when considering medical understanding at the time the incident occurred.

With help from your solicitors, you must be able to show that no other competent doctor would have considered it reasonable to treat you similarly, and he or she would have been able to make a correct diagnosis and give suitable treatment or referral from the symptoms presented.

What could you claim for?

Misdiagnosis claims can be brought for a number of different issues, but some of the most common cases handled by clinical negligence solicitors are:

  • No investigation or follow up of symptoms of serious illness, such as cancer
  • Not facilitating correct testing to exclude certain illnesses or injuries
  • Misreading or misreporting of biopsy reports, scans, or blood test data, etc.

Have you suffered a misdiagnosis?

If you feel you have grounds for commencing a hospital or GP misdiagnosis claim, please contact Healys today for an informal discussion of your situation.

The experienced clinical negligence team will be able to ascertain the merit of your case and the likelihood of success.

We will be able to explain the full procedure for making a clinical negligence claim against a GP or NHS trust and also explain funding options so that you can proceed with confidence.

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Misdiagnosis experiences
  • Jonathan was able to help the husband of a 50 year old woman claim compensation after the hospital failed to diagnose her cancer. Mrs L attended hospital complaining of pain in her abdomen. She was discharged without further tests but unfortunately she died of thyroid cancer a few months later. Jonathan argued that the chance for a liver biopsy was missed during her visit to hospital and although this would not affect the unfortunate outcome, palliative care could have been arranged to ease Mrs L’s suffering. Jonathan was able to secure Mrs L’s husband a five figure sum in compensation.
  • Jonathan has also helped the family of a 71 year old man claim compensation after a complication in his surgery caused his death. Mr R was suffering from chest pains and was admitted to hospital for tests. He was found to have an issue with his heart and doctors attempted to rectify this with a surgical procedure. Unfortunately during this procedure an air pocket had got into one of his blood vessels which caused Mr R’s death. With expert medical evidence Jonathan was able to secure Mr R’s family £75,000 in compensation.
  • Jonathan helped X get further compensation and access to services to aid in his rehabilitation. X was a subject of sexual abuse from his step father between the ages of 5 and 7. Initial application for compensation was made in 1990 and X was awarded £10,000. After several attempts at his own life, X decided to contact Jonathan to seek further compensation. Jonathan was able to secure X £200,000 in compensation and an overall award of £1,200,000 inclusive of state benefits. More importantly Jonathan then arranged the Special Needs Trust to support X’s rehabilitation.
  • Jonathan helped the parents of Baby B claim compensation after a failure in care during labour resulted in Baby B’s death. Initially the Trust denied they were responsible for Baby B’s death but after negotiations the Trust admitted responsibility and Jonathan was able to negotiate an out of court settlement for Baby B’s parents.
Misdiagnosis insights
  • Woman Injured Loading Gazebo Into Van Wins Damages

    29th November 2018

    Gazebos are used by all kinds of organisations when attending events up and down the country. It may not seem that an employer’s duty to assess and minimise workplace risks would extend to tasks such as carrying and assembling gazebos, but a recent case shows that it does. Continue reading »

  • Mother Of Disabled Child Ruled A ‘Primary Victim’ Of Hospital Negligence

    28th November 2018

    In order to succeed in a ‘secondary victim’ claim as a result of clinical negligence it is necessary to establish that the claimant suffered psychiatric illness or injury – as opposed to grief, sorrow, deprivation or the need to provide care for the loved one who has suffered the injury – as a result of witnessing a sudden, shocking event. Given the number of hurdles a claimant has to clear to show that the many tests have been met, there have been very few successful claims to date. Continue reading »

  • Compensation For Slips And Trips At Work

    26th November 2018

    Two recent cases illustrate that employers need to be vigilant in assessing tripping and slipping hazards in areas where workers perform their tasks. If they fail in this duty, those who are injured as a result may be able to claim compensation. Continue reading »

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  • The Government Considers Radical Cycling Awareness Campaign

    23rd November 2018

    A radical proposal for cycling awareness has been unveiled by the government. The plans include a series of measures to improve safety for vulnerable road users, and to encourage and support cycling. The aim is to reduce the significant number of serious and fatal accidents suffered by cyclists. Continue reading »