Health practitioners owe their patients a duty of care in the medical advice they offer. If your doctor provides you with a diagnosis that is incorrect, or should have been realised at an earlier date, you may be entitled to compensation.
Irish healthcare professionals perform difficult jobs to a very high standard but, on occasion, they make errors that can form the basis of a medical negligence claim for misdiagnosis.
If you have been a victim of Misdiagnosis or a Late diagnosis at the hands of a HSE medical professional, you should get in touch with a Medical Negligence Solicitor who can handle your claim.
What is a Misdiagnosis?
Is a Misdiagnosis Medical Negligence?
Misdiagnosis is a form of medical negligence as it breaches a practitioner’s duty of care to their patients. When procedure is broken and an error occurs, a medical professional can be held responsible for any illness or injury.
It is important to note that even if a doctor’s actions have led to an injury, a medical negligence claim will only be successful if their actions are deemed unreasonable. It is important to seek expert advice on any specific case in order to justify any basis for compensation.
A differential diagnosis is an important step in the diagnostic process. It amounts to a list of potential diagnoses based on the symptoms and condition of a given patient. A differential diagnosis is not a conclusive assessment, but a theory that can be expanded upon.
One a practitioner draws up their differential diagnosis list, they can begin running tests to eliminate various conditions and ultimately make the correct assertion on a patient’s ailment.
Can I Sue a Doctor for Misdiagnosis?
If you or a loved one received substandard medical care that resulted in the deterioration of your health, you may have grounds to claim for medical negligence. In that regard, it is fair to say a doctor or medical professional can be sued for making a misdiagnosis.
The area of misdiagnosis, and of any malpractice that falls under medical negligence, is a complex one. Situations vary significantly on a case-by-case basis and the best way to discover whether or not you have grounds for filing a claim against your doctor is by having your case assessed by an experienced team of solicitors.
What are the Common Types of Misdiagnosis?
Expanding upon the three general kinds of misdiagnosis, there are several situations that can commonly constitute a failure to properly assess a patient’s condition:
Examples of Misdiagnosed Conditions
A misdiagnosis or late diagnosis can be hugely damaging to a variety of health conditions. Some common misdiagnoses include:
Make a claim with a Medical Negligence Solicitor today!
If you suffered an accident as a result of inadequate or incompetent care from a medical professional, it is crucial you contact a solicitor with experience in hospital negligence claims.
At Hughes & Associates Medical Negligence Solicitors, we offer vast experience in cases of misdiagnosis and can assess your case for compensation with the utmost care and attention to detail.
Based in Dublin and serving Irish claimants, we are available for enquiries via email at email@example.com or by phoning us on +353 1 891 0020.