Diagnosis NegligenceWhen we are unwell and seek medical help, we trust that our symptoms will be recognised and a correct diagnosis given so that we can follow the path to a healthy recovery.  Unfortunately, both in hospitals and GP surgeries, every year thousands of patients’ illnesses are either missed or misdiagnosed.  The vast majority of mistakes cause patients no lasting harm, but for some people the implications are serious and devastating.

If you believe that either yourself or a loved one has suffered due to delayed or misdiagnosis, then let us help.  At Patient Protection we can provide the reassurance and guidance you need to claim the compensation you deserve.

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Diagnosis mistake

Mistakes in diagnosing an illness or condition can lead to serious implications for the patient’s health.  A condition can worsen, or there can be side effects from being prescribed the wrong medication.

Delays in diagnosing infections can have devastating consequences, such as amputations.  Delays in diagnosing cancer can of course greatly reduce chances of cure and can sometimes result in the patient’s death.  Occasionally, wrongly diagnosing a serious illness in a healthy patient can cause serious injury, if it leads to unnecessary and harmful treatment.

Common reasons for mistakes in diagnosis
  • Lack of training
  • Misinterpreting test /scan results
  • Poor communication
  • Confusing diseases with similar symptoms
  • Rushing a diagnosis without appropriate testing
Examples
  • Failing to diagnose cancer
  • Missing infections such as meningitis
  • Mistaking a heart attack for indigestion or heart-burn
  • Dismissing appendicitis as a stomach bug
  • Failing to recognise a twisted testicle

 If you believe that either yourself or a loved one has suffered due to delayed or misdiagnosis, then let us help.  At Patient Protection we can provide the reassurance and guidance you need to claim the compensation you deserve.