Delayed Diagnosis

Medical Misdiagnosis

A delay in the rightdiagnosis can cause a disorder to become significantly more serious, lead to the administration of incorrect treatment, cause a delay to treatment or result in a failure to treat an illness altogether. As can be seen, a delayed diagnosis can be extremely stressful for a patient and their family. Often it can mean a patient is left waiting and confused, whilst multiple tests and treatments are tried whilst their symptoms either persist or worsen. In cases in which a delay in diagnosis leads to more invasive treatment methods having to be used, this can be both painful and upsetting for the patient. Sadly, the most serious result of a delay in diagnosis is the progression of a disease past the point where it is possible to be treated - leading to a reduction in life quality or life expectancy.

There are lots of reasons a delay in diagnosis can occur. Sometimes patients feel that their doctor has not listened to them properly or is not taking them seriously. Sometimes diseases are just extremely rare and after the usual explanations have been exhausted, more diverse options have to be explored. Due to the wide variety of reasons leading to a delay in diagnosis, a delay in diagnosis does not always mean your doctor has been negligent.

Some of the most common delayed diagnosis cases are in relation to delayed diagnosis of cancer. Some common claim types include:

If your claim is related to a cancer misdiagnosis, you can find out more about claiming here.

Delayed Diagnosis Medical Negligence

Medical negligence may have occurred if one of the following conditions is satisfied:

  • You were not provided with, or offered, the necessary diagnostic tests for the symptoms you were presenting. For example: MRI scans, blood tests.
  • Test were been provided, but they were not followed up.
  • Your doctor failed to refer you to the appropriate specialists.
  • Your doctor failed to diagnose the disorder in an appropriate timescale - this is a timescale in which a reasonable body of medical professionals would have made the diagnosis.
  • You have suffered psychological and physical pain as a result of the delay.

Delayed cancer diagnosis claims can be incredibly complex. It must be able to be shown that the care you received was below the standard expected of the medical profession. Therefore, you must ensure you instruct a solicitor who specialises in the medical negligence field. The law is complex and for the best chance of success, you should make sure a trained eye looks over your case. Here at 1st Claims we have specialist medical negligence lawyers here on hand, ready and waiting to offer legal advice and get you the compensation you deserve.

What are the Costs?

1stClaims does not charge you for using our service and all initial enquiries with our Solicitors are also free of charge, so rest assured, this initial step of making an enquiry will not cost you anything.

Once one of our Solicitors has assessed the merits of your enquiry they will make a judgement on the likely chances of bringing a successful claim and if the prospects are good, they will normally offer to take your case on a No Win No Fee basis. NOTE: If your case is successful your Solicitor will deduct up to a maximum of 25% of your final settlement or compensation award as payment for their fees. You can find out more about No Win No Fee arrangements and the potential costs that can be incurred by clicking here.

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Can We Help You?

Every delayed cancer diagnosis case is different and we recognise this. If you are unsure about whether you have a valid basis for a delayed diagnosis claim or are simply unsure as to whether you wish to claim at all, we will be more than happy to talk it through with you. Our medical negligence claims team is just a click or a phone call away. 1st Claims can help you get the compensation you deserve for the unnecessary pain and suffering the negligence of a third party has put you through.

If you would like 1stClaims' expert Medical Negligence Solicitors on your side please call us free on 0800 2888 693 (from a mobile click to call: 01348 630 720) or complete our Free Claim Enquiry form now and we will be in touch with you very soon.

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