Accident & Emergency Department

Claims arising from A&E diagnosis errors can occur due to errors or delays in making a diagnosis and in some cases, a failure to make a diagnosis. The causes of these could be:-

  • Failure to admit patients and discharging them instead;
  • Misinterpreting results, for example a failure to read x-rays correctly;
  • Failure to examine a patient correctly or note their symptoms;
  • Failure to take a patient's history;
  • Failure to carry out correct investigations including x-rays, scans and blood tests.

Common cases are those of failure to identify fractures and meningitis.