Can I make a medical negligence claim for a delayed diagnosis?
Unfortunately, it has been the case in recent months that delays in being seen by a doctor have resulted in late diagnoses for some people. Where an unnecessary delay has resulted in a condition worsening, you may be entitled to make a legal claim for compensation.
If you believe that you should have been by a doctor earlier than you were or your diagnosis was missed or wrong, then we recommend that you speak to one of our expert Isle of Man medical negligence advocates.
If you are not sure whether you have a valid claim or not, please feel free to ring us for an initial free no obligation consultation. We will go through the details of what happened with you, give you our opinion and explain to you what your options are.
We often see clients who have seen their GP or other medical specialist months or even years before they received a correct diagnosis. Sadly, it may be the case that the delay has caused their condition to worsen. This can result in the need for more drastic treatment or sometimes a terminal prognosis that might have been avoidable.
If you believe that your case should have been correctly diagnosed earlier and that you have suffered as a result of your condition being picked up late, we will arrange for you to be examined by medical experts who will be able to produce a detailed report.
Reasons for delayed diagnosis of medical conditions
There are many reasons why a diagnosis may be late. Medical professionals could miss the signs or misinterpret them. There could be an administrative failure in contacting you or arranging for treatment. Or there could be a failure to deal promptly with patients because of delays within the system, for example, because of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Bringing a claim for compensation for delayed diagnosis of medical condition
If you ask us to represent you, we will advise your medical authority of your condition and that we are seeking a payment by way of compensation. They may admit liability, in which case we will negotiate with them to agree on the amount of compensation you will receive.
If liability is not admitted or the amount which they offer is not sufficient, we will prepare a robust case for court on your behalf. Your claim could still be settled at any time before the hearing.
If you need treatment or financial help in the meantime, we can apply for interim payments on your behalf to cover private treatment, rehabilitation, help with your care, loss of income and any equipment you may need.
There are deadlines for bringing claims for compensation, so it is recommended that you seek legal advice as soon as you can.
For more information about our services, see Medical negligence claims Isle of Man.
If you have suffered injury or worsening of your health through a late diagnosis and you would like to discuss your options with a medical negligence personal injury expert, please feel free to contact us.
If you have lost a loved one because of a late diagnosis, we can also bring a claim on behalf of their estate.
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