Delayed or Misdiagnosis Compensation

Has your Treatment been Delayed or your Condition Misdiagnosed?

Medical professionals can often either miss or give you the wrong diagnosis for your medical condition.

Common causes of misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis include:

  • Failing to read or report on an 'X' Ray
  • Reading an 'X' Ray, but failing to spot a fracture
  • Failing to respond to test results
  • Failing to refer for treatment at an early stage
  • Failing to prescribe medication at an early stage
Mis-diagnosis and delays in treatment - Medical negligence claims advice

Our solicitors have a wealth of experience in dealing with medical negligence compensation claims covering a variety of medical conditions.

Case example

Failure to diagnose pneumonia

Our client was the mother of 2 children aged 18 and 10. She had a very bad cold and cough which gradually got worse and she had to take to her bed. During the night she developed chest pain and breathing difficulties. She vomited and coughed up sputum. She was taken by her husband to an out of hours GP clinic. The GP failed to recognise that she was seriously ill and had pneumonia. She was admitted to hospital 2 days later severely ill but despite treatment died from septicaemia. Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors recovered damages of £150,000 for her family.

Common areas of delayed or misdiagnosis includes:

  • orthopaedics
  • cancer, (all types including cervical cancer) and
  • misdiagnosed by a GP setting over a long period, or
  • delayed diagnosis in A & E when treatment may be time critical

To find out more about claiming medical negligence compensation for delayed or misdiagnosis and examples of cases please read our guide. PDF file You may also find our guide to making a medical complaint useful.

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"New partner Lisa Swales has recent experience in child brain injury cases. 'She always responds to my e-mails and phone calls within a matter of hours,' says one client, while commentators say that she 'fights for her client, is sensible and is on top of cases.'"

"Geoffrey Simpson-Scott is a key contact who advises clients on a range of clinical negligence cases, including misdiagnosis cases and negligent surgery matters. Often represents families at inquest."

Case example

Failure to diagnose a fracture

Our client was aged 35 when he injured his knee in a sporting accident. An 'X' Ray was taken but doctors failed to diagnose a fracture. His symptoms persisted and some 3 months later a fracture was diagnosed but the opportunity for surgical management was lost. He was medically discharged from the Navy. Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors recovered substantial damages on his behalf.

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If you or your loved ones have been affected by medical negligence please use our free, no obligation, online enquiry form and our Negligence Compensation Team of solicitors will get in touch with you.


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