Medical misdiagnosis is when negligent medical care or treatment results in you being diagnosed incorrectly or late, which in turns causes you further harm and suffering that you otherwise would not have had.
When we are unwell we rely heavily on medical staff and specialists to know what is wrong and deal with the problem safely and efficiently. Sadly, mistakes can happen and the effects of this can be devastating for all concerned.
Medical misdiagnosis can happen with a range of illnesses and ailments. These can include:
- Cancer misdiagnosis
- Missed fractures
- Internal bleeding misdiagnosis
- Meningitis misdiagnosis
- Missed concussion or other serious head injury
- Heart condition misdiagnosis
- Internal organ injury misdiagnosis
Common results of medical misdiagnosis include:
- Being diagnosed for something much less serious, causing a delay in treatment e.g. being told you have a cyst in breast tissue when it is a cancerous tumour
- An incorrect diagnosis which led to unnecessary surgery, a delay in surgery, or no surgical intervention at all
- Patients being told they are terminally ill when they are not, damaging their mental health
- No diagnosis provided
Being misdiagnosed can be very upsetting and even traumatic for the patient, with serious psychological repercussions. There is also the additional risk of being prescribed or given incorrect or unnecessary drugs or treatments which can have a negative impact on a person’s health.
If you believe that you have suffered following a medical misdiagnosis, then you need to speak with GA’s experienced medical negligence team today.
GA Solicitors’ medical negligence team includes members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, (APIL), as well as being ranked in Chambers UK and The Legal 500. We’ll guide you through every step of your claim.