We place considerable trust in healthcare professionals. Accurate diagnosis depends on the interpretation of presented symptoms and test results. Occasionally healthcare professionals fail to diagnose or give the wrong diagnosis. Misdiagnosis can happen in a wide range of circumstances. The most commonly reported to Malcomson Law are:
Diagnosis of suffering from a particular condition that you do not have;
- Misdiagnosis of cancer.
- Failure to diagnosis cancer.
- Delay in cancer diagnosis.
- Misdiagnosis of meningitis.
- Misdiagnosis of head injuries.
- Misdiagnosis of heart conditions.
- Misdiagnosis of internal bleeding.
- Misdiagnosis of broken or fractured bones.
- Misdiagnosis of injuries to internal organs.
If you receive a misdiagnosis it can result in you receiving treatment that can have harmful or fatal consequences. This can also lead to you being prescribed incorrect drugs. Cancer misdiagnosis claims are becoming more common with patients undergoing unnecessary surgery and suffering needless trauma. This can have tragic consequences, and the chances of successfully treating the cancer are often reduced. The most common mistakes that lead to a delay in diagnosing cancer are:
- Failure to monitor patients with a family history of cancer.
- Failure to properly examine a patient.
- Failure to investigate symptoms that would suggest a concern about the existence of cancer.
- Failure to recognise the symptoms and signs of cancer.
- Ignoring or misinterpreting laboratory test results.
- Failure to refer a patient to an appropriate specialist as quickly as possible.
If you feel you have been the victim of a misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose correctly please contact Malcomson Law by phoning 01 87 444 22 and a client care executive will be happy to help you. All our client care executives are non-lawyers with a considerable track record of helping people through the many difficult issues that arise during the processing of a medical negligence claim. They will also organise an appointment with an experienced medical negligence solicitor.
How to Make a Complaint to the HSE.
Royal College of Physicians Ireland.
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.
World Health Organisation.
The Cochrane Collaboration.
An Bord Altranais, Nursing Board.
Health Service Executive.
The Lancet Medical Journal.
The British Medical Journal.