Medical Misdiagnosis Claims

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Georgia Briscoe, Director of Medical Neglience

Medical Misdiagnosis Claims

Medical misdiagnosis forms the basis of the largest percentage of medical negligence compensation claims. The annual report from NHS Resolution indicated that 40% of notified claims related to wrong, failed or delayed diagnosis. The consequences of misdiagnosis can be devastating and can lead to delays in patients receiving the treatment they require.

What is a misdiagnosis claim?

Whilst diagnosis may be difficult in some circumstances, a treating clinician has a duty to consider all reasonable causes for your condition and to take steps to exclude or confirm any potential diagnosis. Some conditions may have similar signs or symptoms and in those circumstances a “differential” diagnosis would be appropriate. We have a unique understanding of this area as we’ve had years of experience in dealing with all the different aspects of misdiagnosis claims and medical negligence.

The medical misdiagnosis compensation claims we handle are:



Medical misdiagnosis has many different forms but some of the most common we see are:


  • A serious illness is allowed to progress unchecked or without being correctly identified
  • Wrong medication is prescribed due to the misdiagnosis of the condition. This could result in a worsening or prolonging of your ailment
  • Test results are misinterpreted or not properly assessed
  • Inadequate consideration is given to alternative or differential diagnoses
  • There is a failure to interpret test results correctly
  • Your treatment is delayed because of misdiagnosis so your condition gets worse
  • Misdiagnosis in pregnancy related cases can result in damage to the mother and to the unborn baby particularly in relation to a failure to recognise early signs of infection

Claiming cancer misdiagnosis compensation

Cancer misdiagnosis can be detrimental to a person’s wellbeing, particularly if the total misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis impacts your long-term health or leads to additional medical costs. This is a specialist claim type that requires dedicated legal expertise. Our solicitors are experts in medical negligence and have handled many cancer misdiagnosis claims successfully. Because of the complex nature of diagnosing a disease such as cancer, misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis can unfortunately happen. If there has been a delayed or missed diagnosis, then this can result in cancer progressing with a limitation of the available treatment options. In such cases, we can help to determine when cancer should have been diagnosed and how this affected your outcome to your detriment.

What common conditions are misdiagnosed on the NHS?

Because the symptoms of cancer and other conditions can mimic the symptoms of different diseases, many common conditions can be diagnosed incorrectly. This is particularly common during initial visits to the GP when symptoms are in their early stages. These conditions can include but are not limited to:


How to make a medical misdiagnosis claim

We know how stressful and consuming a legal claim can be and that’s why we’re here to take that stress away from you, and deal with your claim in a smooth and efficient manner. Our expert legal team will not only fight for justice for you, but will also be on hand to offer advice and support throughout your case – whether that be related to your claim, recovery and rehabilitation needs, or just to answer any questions you may have.

To start your claim, contact our specialist team and they will discuss your case with you.

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Rikki Spofforth

Rikki Spofforth
Litigation Executive

Rikki is a Litigation Executive at Patient Claim Line. Having joined the company in 2014, Rikki joined the Medical Negligence team a year later, and recently started his Graduate Solicitor Apprenticeship.

Rikki has experience in all stages of file handling, from taking initial enquiries, through to valuing and settling claims alongside our team’s senior solicitors.

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