When a patient seeks medical help, he or she naturally trusts their doctor or healthcare professional to perform the necessary steps to try and determine what is the cause of their symptoms. In most cases this can be done swiftly and appropriate treatments can be implemented. Sadly, in quite a large number of cases, the diagnosis is not the correct one, and this can lead to all kinds of further issues.
An incorrect diagnosis, or misdiagnosis, can be the beginning of all kinds of problems. It may involve the patient being given the wrong treatment or drugs that not only can fail to deal with the issues, but can also cause additional damage or injury. In many types of diseases, an early and correct diagnosis can make the difference between whether a patient survives or not. A missed diagnosis, or a failure to diagnose occurs when a health professional does not diagnose a health condition in a timely manner. This can involve the patient’s condition worsening before the correct treatment can be identified.
Commonly misdiagnosed conditions
There are a variety of conditions which because of the way they present themselves, can commonly be misdiagnosed, or in some cases missed altogether:
- Multiple Sclerosis; an autoimmune disease that attacks the central nervous system
- Lupus; a chronic inflammatory disease
- Parkinson’s Disease; a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system
- Lyme Disease; a systemic infection carried by ticks
- Fibromyalgia; similar to arthritis and characterised by widespread pain
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; a complex disorder with a variety of symptoms
- Celiac Disease; an autoimmune disorder featuring an inability to digest gluten
What if your condition was misdiagnosed?
If you have a health condition that was misdiagnosed, or if the diagnosis was not made in a timely fashion, it is quite possible that you could be eligible to claim for compensation. Almost all healthcare providers have a complaints procedure which you should familiarise yourself with, but whatever stage at which you decide you think you’d like to know more claiming, you should contact one of our highly experienced solicitors. We have worked on a great number of cases like yours, and are best placed to help you through the claims process and find out how much you could be eligible to claim in compensation. Contact us today so that we can see what you might be owed.