Medical Negligence Claims

Misdiagnosis Claims

Here to guide you through

A trip to the doctor or hospital is daunting enough at the best of times, but when things go wrong it can be devastating. In the case of most diagnoses, the medical professional who sees you will be correct, but on occasion and for a range of reasons, a medical misdiagnosis can occur with serious repercussions for the patient.

At Browell Smith & Co Solicitors our team of lawyers can guide you through this complex area of law to ensure we get the best result for you

Whatever medical misdiagnosis concern you may have, at Browell Smith & Co we have the appropriate expertise to advise you through the compensation process.

Contact our expert team today to arrange a free initial consultation at any of our offices, in Newcastle, Cramlington, Ashington and Sunderland, or alternatively at your home, to discuss your particular requirements.

Dawn Bagley

Solicitor - Head of Personal Injury & Medical Negligence

Philip Browell

Solicitor & Senior Director

Angela Rowney

Nurse Legal Clerk - Medical Negligence

Kirsty Dockerty

Legal Clerk - Personal Injury & Medical Negligence

Joseph Dowey

Legal Clerk - Personal Injury & Medical Negligence

Common examples of misdiagnosis

  • Medical personnel failing to investigate symptoms of serious illness
  • Medical personnel failing to perform tests to exclude specific illness
  • Misreporting of scans, smears or biopsies where medical personnel may misinterpret the results of your scan. You may be told that your disease is either more advanced or less advanced than it really is
  • Medical personnel’s failure to diagnose life-threatening illnesses such as meningitis or sepsis

Main types of misdiagnosis

  • Where a condition is completely undiagnosed, for example a patient who has visited their GP with symptoms over a period of time and the GP fails to diagnose the illness or refer on to an appropriate specialist
  • When an incorrect diagnosis is made, eg. a fracture being diagnosed as a sprain and it remains untreated causing problems later with malalignment; or a person being told they have cancer when in fact they don’t or vice versa.

Time limits

As with all claims for personal injury compensation there are time limits within which a claim must be lodged with the Court. For accident claims, court proceedings must be started within three years from the date of your accident.

In the event that court proceedings are not started within three years from the relevant date, the negligent party may be able to escape paying compensation on the basis that your claim is out of time.

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