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Medical Misdiagnosis Claims

We naturally place a great deal of trust in our GPs and other medical professionals. When you visit a doctor, you should feel confident that their diagnosis is both timely and correct. But medical misdiagnosis can happen, sometimes with tragic and life-changing consequences.

If you’ve suffered because of misdiagnosis, our medical negligence solicitors could help you claim compensation. We have the experience to work out how it happened and who was responsible. Some of the most common errors include a failure to:

  • Interpret test results accurately
  • Examine you properly
  • Refer you to a specialist

We’ll demand answers and apologies from the relevant parties, as well as assurances that the same mistakes won’t be made again.

Over the years we’ve helped thousands of people claim compensation. We have the country’s largest dedicated medical negligence department, so you can count on us to fight your corner.

Highly rated by independent legal guides, our lawyers have experience with the misdiagnosis of a number of conditions, including:

The majority of our cases are funded on a No Win No Fee* basis, at no financial risk to you. We believe in the importance of rehabilitation, which is why we’ll also make sure you get the care and support you need after your misdiagnosis claim has finished.

If you think you’ve suffered as a result of having a medical condition misdiagnosed, please phone us on 0800 121 6567 for free advice about making a claim.

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    • What Will Happen When I Make A Claim?
    • After you’ve contacted us, we’ll set up a free initial consultation to discuss your case and whether you have a legal claim. We’ll discuss what funding options are available to you to pay for your claim, including No Win No Fee agreements*.

      We’ll then get in touch with those responsible for your negligent treatment at an early stage to see if they accept the blame for your illness. If they accept responsibility, we’ll try to secure interim compensation payments which can fund private medical care and ongoing expenses, before your claim fully settles. Any interim payments will be taken out of your final compensation award.

      Our experts will look into your case in detail, gathering evidence from independent medical professionals. These experts evaluate what care you should have received and can determine any future implications to your health. They’ll also advise us on the care you’ll need in the future.

      We’ll always try and negotiate claims out of court, keeping the claim process as short as we can. However, if your opponent doesn’t accept responsibility or doesn’t agree with the amount of compensation we feel you need, we’ll start court proceedings.

      Even when trial dates have been set, claims are still often settled before reaching court. If your claim does need to go to court, we’ll be there to help you every step of the way, talking you through what will happen so you feel as comfortable as possible.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • In most medical negligence cases, you have three years to make a compensation claim, starting from the date your injury happens (or the date you first became aware that your injury was a result of negligence). For children, this three year period begins on their 18th birthday, so they have until they’re 21 to make a claim. In fatal cases, this time limit begins on the day your loved one passed away.

      However, it’s important to contact us as soon as possible so that we can begin to investigate your claim. If you have questions or concerns about the time limits, please call us for free initial advice on 0800 121 6567.

    • Can I Make A Claim On A No Win No Fee Basis?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case we’ll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we’ll explain the process clearly. This involves setting up an insurance policy that will protect you, at no cost to you. You’ll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • How Our Other Teams Can Help
    • Because we’re a full-service law firm, we also have a number of other in-house teams with specialist knowledge in areas such as rehabilitation, Wills and asset management.


      We see rehabilitation as key and will make sure that you can access the care and support services you need to lead the best life possible. Our client liaison managers can provide support and information to you and your family, helping you with many of the other problems you may face, such as employment and benefit issues.


      We have specialist Wills solicitors who can help with any issues surrounding Wills and who can also assist if you’re claiming on behalf of a loved one who has unfortunately passed away.

      Asset Management

      Our Asset Management team can provide advice on how your compensation could be best invested. We also have Court of Protection lawyers who can set up personal injury trusts and make sure you have access to the benefits you’re entitled to.

    • Meet Our Experts
    • As one of the largest medical negligence departments in the country, our solicitors are highly rated by independent legal guides.

      We have years of experience in securing compensation for those who’ve suffered as a consequence of medical errors. Our solicitors are aware that every claim is different and we make sure that we understand the care and support you need.

      Getting an apology and explanation for what’s happened can be just as important as the compensation award. We’ll take the necessary steps to help you make a complaint and will campaign to ensure systems are put in place to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen to somebody else.

      Meet the team

They were always there to answer my questions and queries when I was at my most vulnerable and they persevered to obtain the best possible result."

Lisa, client

Frequently Asked Questions

Which Conditions Are Commonly Misdiagnosed?

The nature of some conditions means that they’re misdiagnosed more often than others. This might be because their symptoms are difficult to detect and measure, or because they’re...

… easily mistaken for another condition.

Our solicitors have decades of experience helping people who have suffered from all forms of misdiagnosis, so you can rely on us to investigate your claim.

The most common forms of misdiagnosis include:

If you’ve been affected by any of these medical errors, it can be difficult to know who to turn to. You might be confused, angry and unsure exactly who is to blame. At this distressing time, our specialist lawyers will help you every step of the way, explaining each stage in clear, jargon-free language. We’ll seek answers from the organisation responsible for your misdiagnosis, as well as the compensation you deserve.

Please call us on 0800 121 6567 to arrange a free initial consultation about your misdiagnosis claim. Alternatively, you can contact us online and we’ll call back at a time suitable for you.

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How Do I Know If My Doctor Has Been Negligent?

Although the majority of medical professionals provide an excellent level of care, there are occasions when their service doesn’t meet the standard we expect.

Our clinical negligence solicitors have come across many examples of doctors failing to diagnose an illness or infection as soon as they should have done, sometimes with tragic consequences. The most frequent mistakes…

... involve medical staff failing to:

  • Refer you for the correct tests
  • Correctly interpret the results of a test or scan
  • Examine you properly
  • Take your medical history into account when diagnosing a condition
  • Refer you to a specialist

If you’re worried that your doctor has failed you in any of the above areas, please get in touch with our legal experts for a free initial consultation about your case.

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What’s The Difference Between Misdiagnosis And Delayed Diagnosis?

Misdiagnosis is when your doctor mistakes your illness for something else, misreading your symptoms or failing to interpret the results of a test correctly. Errors in this area can often have long-term, debilitating effects on someone’s health, so it’s vital that…

… conditions are diagnosed as quickly as possible.

Delayed or late diagnosis, on the other hand, is when a doctor ignores or fails to recognise your symptoms, perhaps dismissing them. The illness might go undiagnosed for months/years, by which time it can be harder or even too late to treat it.

When your condition is finally diagnosed, you might require more aggressive treatment (for example chemotherapy or invasive surgery) than you would have needed if it had been spotted earlier.

Both misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis can have tragic and life changing consequences. If you’ve been affected by either, you may be able to claim compensation. For a free initial consultation about your case, please call 0800 121 6567.

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We're always proud to be recognised for the work we do for our clients and have been named as a leading firm in the latest legal guides - which provide information and recommendations about lawyers and law firms in the UK.

"The lawyers are heavyweight individuals in a big firm, but they never compromise on client care. They handle cases with striking compassion and insight."
We're delighted to have been named Claimant Solicitor of the Year in the 2016 Post Magazine Rehabilitation First Awards, an award we've won on seven occasions.
"'One of the best’ and ‘go-to firm’ Irwin Mitchell covers the full range of work, and specialises in complex, unique cases."

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We campaign for patient safety and justice.

As well as securing compensation and rehabilitation for our clients, we also campaign for changes to patient safety by supporting Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA).

This UK charity provides advice and support to people who have suffered because of lapses in patient safety, working in partnership with health professionals, the government and the NHS to ensure that safety guidelines are followed.

We also work alongside the Encephalitis Society and support the work it does to improve the lives of those affected by the condition. The charity aims to improve the impact of encephalitis by encouraging early diagnosis of the condition, by providing better management of the illness and by helping people access rehabilitation and social support.

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