Medical Misdiagnosis Claims
Medical misdiagnosis can come about by a medical professional mistakenly diagnosing a condition that does not exist. For example, the diagnosis of cancer when the condition is not present. Obviously the consequences of such a misdiagnosis in such cases can be far reaching as the patient would undergo painful cancer treatment unnecessarily which could cause additional health problems on its own, not to mention the psychological stress associated with being diagnosed with cancer. Furthermore if an incorrect diagnosis has been given, it will mean that underlying condition which is causing the symptoms is not being treated.
Another form of medical misdiagnosis is when a condition is left undiagnosed completely. In many cases, the longer a condition is left without remedy, the greater the chances that the condition will worsen. Common instances of this are when a bone fracture has been missed or the results of an x-ray have not been correctly interpreted.
When considering whether it is worth making a claim for compensation against a medical misdiagnosis it is worth considering how different the outcome of the current situation the patient finds themselves in should the diagnosis have been made correctly straightaway. If pain and suffering has been caused as a result of the medical misdiagnosis, then it is possible that the maybe potential to make a claim for medical negligence compensation.
Fairly common examples of medical misdiagnosis that do occur are –
- Swine Flu
- Undiagnosed Fractures
- Various Cancers (such as Breast, Skin, Colon and Bowel)
If you are considering making a medical negligence claim after having suffered a medical misdiagnosis you may wish to view the following sections.