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Delayed diagnosis and misdiagnosis claims

If you or your family have been affected by the delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of a medical condition, our team of expert medical negligence solicitors can help you pursue a claim for compensation.

To speak with one of our medical negligence experts call 0800 358 3848 or complete our online enquiry form.

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During this difficult time, we want to reassure our clients that we are open for business and working as normal. We are happy to respond immediately to new enquiries either to our enquiry line (0800 358 3848) or to an individual solicitor.

Our IT systems are robust enough for us to work from home and we are meeting current and new clients online and by telephone to deal with all enquiries. The courts, counsel and our experts are continuing to work on your behalf. We will contact all of our clients by phone to reassure you of our continuing support at this difficult time.

We realise that most of you will be in self-isolation and would like to express our best wishes for your ongoing safety and health.

Paul McNeil, Head of Personal Injury and Medical Negligence

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Our medical negligence solicitors specialise in legal claims where there has been an unnecessary delay in diagnosing an illness. This delay can have devastating consequences, for example, a delay in diagnosing meningitis can be fatal and a delay in diagnosing cancer can reduce life expectancy.

Our specialist team has many years experience in pursuing these types of claims and have the knowledge and expertise to ensure that you receive the best compensation possible.

While most medical professionals provide the right diagnosis, there are occasions when doctors can give the wrong diagnosis or miss the diagnosis of your medical condition.

Common causes of misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis include:

  • Failing to read or report on an X Ray
  • Reading an X Ray, but failing to spot a fracture
  • Failing to respond to test results
  • Failing to refer for treatment at an early stage
  • Failing to prescribe medication at an early stage

Common areas of delayed or misdiagnosis includes:

  • Orthopaedics
  • Cancer (all types including breast cancer and cervical cancer)
  • Misdiagnosis by a GP over a long period
  • Delayed diagnosis in Accident & Emergency when treatment may be time critical

Why choose Fieldfisher's medical negligence team?


We achieve record damages for people suffering serious injury following medical negligence. Last year, we recovered more than £200m in compensation claims.


We have more than 30 years' experience pursuing claims for people injured by medical negligence, clinical negligence, medical accidents and medical mistakes.


We are ranked top tier in leading legal directories and regularly recognised in industry awards. We are accredited by APIL, panel members of AvMA and members of the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel.

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For a free, no obligation call with one of our medical negligence experts, please dial 0800 358 3848 or complete our online enquiry form.