Doctors’ opinions can be formed through tests and exams such as X-rays, MRI scans, CAT scans, and ultrasounds to name a few. By reviewing the results of these screenings paired with medical notes and other sources doctors can make a diagnosis.
Often between the patient seeking help and the delayed diagnosis, the patient may have undergone unnecessary treatments, and suffered from the pain or may even have encountered other health issues due to incorrect treatments. The patient may have also incurred large medical fees. If health issues such as cancer, or other serious illnesses go undiagnosed, it can have devastating consequences on the patient’s life expectancy, and unfortunately can be fatal if the diagnosis is only reached at a more advanced stage of the illness.
Causes of delayed diagnosis include:
- Failing to read an X ray correctly e.g., Failure to spot a fracture or break.
- Failing to respond to test results.
- Failure in offering treatment at an early stage of an illness.
- Failing to prescribe medication at the onset of the illness.
Areas of delayed diagnosis:
- Cancer (of any area).
- In accident & emergency when treatment is critical.
- Orthopaedics – especially fractures.
- GP diagnosis.
Can I make a claim for medical negligence as a result of receiving a delayed diagnosis?
In order to bring a claim for medical negligence, it is essential to have proof of:
- The standard of care that you received was below the level of care you would have been given from a different medical professional.
- Proof that as a result of the negligence it has caused you damage or injury.
If you are unsure of whether your situation requires legal action, you can speak to one of our medical negligence specialists. At Tracey’s, our expert medical negligence solicitors specialize in legal claims where there has been an uncalled delay in diagnosing an illness. This delay can have severe consequences for the patient and their family.
If you or any of your family have been affected by a delayed diagnosis, we are here to help you. To get in touch or for more information please visit: Medical Negligence Claims Solicitors * |Tracey Solicitors LLP