Delayed Diagnosis

Delayed Diagnosis

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Our friendly team of specialist lawyers at Medical Solicitors have extensive experience of bringing claims for delayed diagnosis. Compensation can be claimed where there has been delayed diagnosis that amounts to actual Medical Negligence. 

Do contact our friendly team of specialist lawyers at Medical Solicitors. We conduct most of our Clinical and Medical Negligence claims under ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreements, also known as Conditional Fee Agreements. So, you do not have to worry about how you are going to afford to bring a claim. You have nothing to lose in speaking to us.

How does delayed diagnosis arise?

Delayed diagnosis can occur in numerous medical conditions. It is a very common reason, indeed, for patients to contact specialist medical lawyers for advice.

A patient may well feel that their GP, or a hospital doctor, has not taken their complaints seriously and has not acted quickly enough.

Delays in providing appropriate medical care may have impacted on whether, and how quickly, a patient can make a recovery. In turn, this can often lead to financial repercussions for the patient, and their family who are financially dependent upon them, or rely upon them for care and support at home.

The following are just a few examples of successful past legal claims conducted by our Director, Caroline Moore:

Kidney failure/Vasculitic disease
£180,000 for a gentleman who suffered a delay in diagnosing a flare up of vasculitic disease (associated with Wegeners Granulomatosis). His creatinine levels rose dangerously high whilst in hospital and the delay led to permanent damage to both of his kidneys, necessitating permanent dialysis, unless he could have a liver and kidney transplant

£100,000 to a 61-year-old lady who attended an Accident and Emergency Department, on two separate occasions. She had been complaining of feeling unwell, with back pain. On the second occasion, blood results were done and were grossly abnormal, but were not checked. She was allowed to leave the Accident and Emergency department without further investigations. She went home alone and deteriorated quickly. Had the results been checked, she should have been admitted and given intravenous antibiotics, in which case she should have recovered within a few weeks. As it was she was found in a state of collapse at home, later had to undergo resuscitation, suffered kidney failure and had to be intubated and given intensive care, owing to overwhelming infection. She spent months in hospital.

Amputation  

£150,000 to John Barton, our 89-year-old client, from Surrey, who suffered an above-knee amputation after his GP paid him a home visit for sudden onset of pain behind the knee, but failed to refer him to a hospital. A detailed account of John’s story can be read by clicking here.
Death from Blood Poisoning (‘septicaemia’) because of failure to diagnose and treat Appendicitis

£115,000 to Tony who lost his wife, aged 56, to appendicitis. Full details of Tony’s case can be read by clicking here.

Achilles Tendon cases 

£45,000 for a nurse, from Southampton, who ruptured her Achilles tendon whilst at work tripping over a box. There was no claim against the employer hospital, but their A and E department did fail to accurately diagnose the injury leading to an 18-month delay in reconstructive surgery taking place. She was left with permanent weakness and reduced mobility but was able to return to work in a less strenuous post.

£15,000 for a young man, from Liverpool, whose ankle injury was again not diagnosed in an A & E department leading to a delay in surgical treatment. He made a good recovery, apart from being permanently unable to run any more than ½ mile and had to give up high impact sports. Had he relied upon his sport for a living then clearly his case would have attracted a much higher level of compensation as there would have been some future loss of earnings to consider and include in his claim.

Follow our links below to quickly access our information pages about how we can help with a complaint about care, funding a medical negligence claim for failed delayed diagnosis and neglect, and more:

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