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Delayed Treatment Claims

If you or a family member have been affected by delayed treatment 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.

Our medical negligence solicitors specialise in legal claims involving an unnecessary delay in treatment resulting in injury. This delay can have devastating consequences, such as reducing life expectancy in cancer cases or causing serious or fatal injury following delayed treatment for sepsis.

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

What is delayed treatment?

While most people receive the appropriate  treatment from medical staff, there are occasions when necessary or urgent treatment is delayed or not offered at all.

If the patient's health deteriorates as a result, they may have a claim for compensation.

Some of the conditions that may involve delayed treatment include:

  • Cancer
  • Meningitis
  • Stroke
  • Infections
  • Sepsis
  • Orthopaedic conditions
  • Heart conditions
  • Diabetes

How much compensation can I claim for delayed treatment?

Each claim is different and the amount of compensation you can claim for delayed treatment  depends on:

  • the extent of any injury or illness suffered due to the negligent medical treatment
  • expenses incurred
  • future needs

It is generally difficult to value a claim at the outset. As the claim proceeds, we create a picture of your injury and how your life has been affected and the cost of your losses.

How much will it cost me to make a claim?

We work on a no win, no fee basis.

If you’re suffering from the impact of  delayed treatment, you can seek legal advice as soon as possible. You generally have three years to make such a claim.

Can I sue the NHS for delay in treatment?

Yes. Understandably, people can have mixed feelings about proceeding with an NHS negligence claim.

Following a serious incident, the NHS is bound to run its own internal review to highlight failings and to recommend change where appropriate. Such a report can highlight serious procedural problems that have contributed to failings and harm which prompts the hospital trust to implement staff training and other improvements to keep patients safe. The trust may also discipline staff where appropriate.

You do not have to follow the NHS complaints procedure before beginning your own legal action but it may help your case to do so.

Instructing a specialist medical negligence solicitor is important to claiming for medical negligence compensation. They will discuss your case and tell you whether your claim is likely to succeed. Once instructed, they will request all your medical records and other information connected to your claim.

How do I start a delayed treatment claim?

If you would like to pursue a delayed treatment claim, please contact our team. We are one of the UK's leading medical negligence law firms. We will advise and support you throughout the claims process, ensuring you receive the best possible outcome.

You can find out more about making a medical negligence claim here.

Contact us

Our medical negligence team are specialists in legal claims where a condition or illness has been misdiagnosed. We have many years of experience pursuing these types of claims, and we have the knowledge and expertise to ensure you receive the best compensation possible.

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

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.

Contact us

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