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failure to diagnose Compensation Claims


Failure to diagnose medical Negligence condition is common. The failure of a Medical Practitioner to identify and appropriately treat a medical condition either by not identifying a problem at all or by miss identifying a problem can be grounds to bring a failure to diagnose claim. The following are examples of reasons why a Medical Practitioner might fail to diagnose or misdiagnose a condition:-

  • Failure to order appropriate tests when indicated
  • Failure to refer a patient for secondary care (hospital /Consultant etc)
  • Failure to perform regular screenings, particularly in high risk patients
  • Failure to pay attention to and act on a patient’s complaint appropriately
  • Failure to recognise potential indications of a condition/problem
  • Failure to conduct a physical examination properly

Failure to diagnose malpractice claims include the following:

  • Cancers, particularly of the skin, breast, colon, prostate, lung, ovaries, cervix, testicles and kidneys
  • Meningitis
  • Parasitic infections of the gastrointestinal tract such as cryptosporidium
  • Diabetic reactions including ketoacidosis and diabetic coma
  • Allergic reactions

The failure to diagnose a condition early can impact the ultimate outcome of treatment or if treatment will even be an option, which makes early and accurate diagnosis of problems even more important. For example, an early detection of cancer at stage 1 can be the difference between life and death.

If you believe that there has been a failure to properly diagnose a medical condition please contact our Medical Negligence Team on 020 3405 2860 or by e-mail contact@universalaw.co.uk or complete our short form.

All enquiries are completely free of charge and we will investigate all funding options for you including Legal Aid and ‘No Win No Fee’..