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There are two classifications of misdiagnosis:

  1. Where a condition is completely undiagnosed and the condition or problem continues on unrecognised
  2. Where a diagnosis is incorrect, for example misdiagnosing a cancerous lump as a cyst

Types of common misdiagnosis claims

  • Cancer – including bowel, colon, breast and skin cancers
  • Diabetes
  • Meningitis
  • Fractures
  • Ectopic Pregnancy
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Tendon injuries
  • Asperger’s
  • ADHD
  • Epilepsy

Can you claim just because doctors got it wrong?

You must have experienced further pain or suffering as the result of a misdiagnosis in order to make a claim; for example, if by delaying diagnosis of your condition it has been made worse (such as a fracture).  You should also take into account whether your quality of life has been made worse as a result of misdiagnosis.

How much can I claim for a misdiagnosis?

According to information from the NHS Litigation Authority £1.1 billion was paid out in compensation to parents in 2014/15 with the highest claims amounting to over £4.9 million.  The value of any misdiagnosis claim will depend upon its specific circumstances, so compensation claims can range from hundreds to millions of pounds.

How to claim for misdiagnosis

To find out whether you have a claim and to set the ball rolling if you do, you can reach a specialist medical negligence lawyer 24 hours a day on 0800 634 1777.  To speak to someone during office hours, use the telephone numbers below.