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Incorrect/Wrong Diagnosis Claims


A failure to diagnose a medical 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 negligent. 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 perform regular screenings (particularly in high risk patients)
  • Failure to pay attention to and act on a patient’s complaint
  • Failure to recognise the symptoms of an illness or disease
  • Failure to conduct a physical examination properly

The most common consequences are usually confined for patients who have had a serious disease misdiagnosed as something not serious. Claims often arise in the following circumstances:

  • Cancers, particularly of the skin, breast, colon, prostate, lung, ovaries, cervix, testicles and kidneys
  • Meningitis
  • Diabetic reactions including ketoacidosis and diabetic coma
  • Allergic reactions

The failure to diagnose a condition early can impact the ultimate outcome of treatment and can sometimes render treatment not effective. Early and accurate diagnosis of problems a very important. This can be the difference between a patient surviving or dying.

If you believe that you may have an incorrect or Wrong diagnosis claims then please contact our Medical Negligence Solicitors on 020 3405 2860 or 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’.