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Medical Misdiagnosis Claims

You’re reliant on medical professionals to find out what’s wrong with you and mistakes in diagnosis can have lasting consequences for your health. If you’ve been unfortunate enough to experience medical misdiagnosis then you may be able to claim compensation.

What Is Misdiagnosis?

There are two main types of misdiagnosis:

  • Incorrect or missed diagnosis - when a medical professional diagnoses you with the wrong condition or fails to diagnose any problem at all.
  • Late diagnosis - when your condition is identified late, causing delays in treatment.

A misdiagnosis can be made by any NHS or private medical professional who’s responsible for diagnosis.

Misdiagnosis may occur if your GP or consultant fails to interpret test results accurately, examine you properly or refer you to the correct specialist.

How Do I Claim For Misdiagnosis?

You can arrange a free first meeting with one of our expert solicitors to discuss your case. If we think you have a claim then, with your permission, we’ll start to investigate what happened.

To prove your misdiagnosis case, we have to show that your doctor or other medical professional has been negligent in their care of you. If we take your case, we’ll gather evidence in support of your claim and aim to help you access compensation as quickly as possible.

We settle most cases out of court, but if your claim has to go to court we’ll support you fully throughout.

Which Conditions Are Commonly Misdiagnosed?

Professionals can make mistakes when diagnosing many different conditions. Some of the most common include:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Meningitis

Illnesses that are commonly misdiagnosed tend to have symptoms that are difficult to detect or are easily mistaken for something else. A misdiagnosis for any of these conditions can have serious consequences and you may be entitled to compensation if this has happened to you.

What Are The Time Limits For Making A Misdiagnosis Claim?

You’ll usually need to make a claim within three years of becoming aware of your misdiagnosis.

If you’re claiming on behalf of a child there is no time limit until they turn 18, from 18 the three year rule applies. If you wish to make a claim on behalf of a loved one you believe died as a result of misdiagnosis then you need to claim within three years of their passing.

No Win No Fee Misdiagnosis Claims

We may be able to make your claim on a no win no fee basis. Should your claim succeed then most of your legal fees will be covered by your opponent with the rest paid from your settlement. You won’t pay anything towards your legal costs if your claim is unsuccessful*.

Why Choose Us?

Our team of expert medical negligence solicitors specialise in misdiagnosis claims. They have decades of experience helping people claim for misdiagnosis and will do their best to get you a fair settlement. We’ll also demand answers and an apology, as well as assurances that the same mistakes won’t be made again.

As part of the largest medical negligence team in the country, we understand that these cases need to be handled with sensitivity and care. We’ll support you through each step of the claims process and make sure that your care needs are fully taken into account in any settlement that’s reached.

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To arrange a free initial consultation or discuss your medical misdiagnosis claim you can call us on 0800 121 6567 or contact us online and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

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    • What Will Happen When I Make A Claim?
    • Our experts will access your medical records and speak to independent medical professionals about your case. They’ll advise on what mistakes were made, what care you should’ve received and support your claim by suggesting what treatment you’ll need going forward. This evidence needs to show that the opposing party was negligent in their diagnosis and the resulting treatment you received.

      We’ll present the opposing party with evidence of their mistake and ask them to accept responsibility. If they do so then then we may seek interim payments to help cover any ongoing treatment costs before a final settlement is reached. Our aim is to keep the claims procedure as short as possible by settling out of court.

      If the opposing party refuses to accept responsibility then we’ll begin court proceedings. Although the claim may still be settled out of court once proceedings have begun, if it’s necessary to take the claim to court then we’ll present the strongest case possible on your behalf.

    • How Much Compensation Could I Claim For Misdiagnosis?
    • How much you could claim depends on several factors, such as the severity of your injuries and your care costs going forward. The strength of the evidence presented in support of your claim will also be important in determining how much compensation you may receive.

      You can read about some of the victims of misdiagnosis we’ve represented and the amount of compensation they received in our client stories.

    • 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
    • Our misdiagnosis solicitors are part of the largest medical negligence team in the country and are highly rated by independent legal guides.

      We have years of experience securing compensation for those who have suffered as a consequence of medical errors.

      You can find out more about our team here.

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?

Some conditions that are frequently misdiagnosed include:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Meningitis
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Broken bones
  • Stroke
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Epilepsy

If you’ve been affected by errors in diagnosis or treatment then it can be difficult to know what to do. You might be confused, angry and unsure who’s responsible. We can help you identify what happened and work through the claims process with you, making sure each stage is clearly explained. As well as securing the compensation you deserve, we’ll seek answers from those responsible for your misdiagnosis.

Please call us on 0800 121 6567 to arrange a free initial consultation about your misdiagnosis claim or contact us online and we’ll call back you back.

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How Do I Know If My Doctor Has Been Negligent?

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

Our clinical negligence solicitors have handled many cases of doctors failing to diagnose an illness or infection when they should have, sometimes with tragic consequences. Some of the most frequent mistakes involve medical staff failing to:

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

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

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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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