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Failure to diagnose and communicate hereditary disease

If you and your family have been affected by failings in medical care involving a genetic condition, you may have a medical negligence claim for injuries associated with such failings.

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

If you and your family have been affected by failings in medical care involving a genetic condition, you may have a medical negligence claim for injuries associated with such failings.

Following Fieldfisher's case of ABC v St George's, a new duty of care was established in 2020 that requires clinicians to inform the family of patients known to be suffering a genetic condition, if they might also be at risk from that same condition.

This extends the duties of care owed by a doctor beyond the traditional doctor/patient relationship, so that they are now required to balance the rights of their patient to confidentiality with the rights of at-risk third parties with whom they, the clinicians, have a close relationship.  Such a relationship might involve nothing more than being known to the clinician.

If a member of your family has been diagnosed with a hereditary disease that doctors failed to discuss with relatives and which resulted in injury, you may have a medical negligence claim.

You may also have a case if the.e was a delay in diagnosing a genetic condition that impacts the individual and other family members.

This might include situations where you were not properly informed of a genetic condition that affected you and your child during pregnancy, particularly involving misdiagnosis of pre-natal scans.

Examples of genetic disease include:

  • Huntingdon's disease
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Methylmalonic Acidemia and other metabolic conditions
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Down's Syndrome

Please contact Jonathan Zimmern or Paul McNeil to discuss your case in confidence.

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