Delayed Diagnosis

A large number of clinical negligence claims stem from the delayed diagnosis of a medical condition, illness or injury. When a Medical Practitioner's diagnosis error leads to delayed treatment or no treatment at all, a patient's condition can be made much worse and they may even die.

Many cases of delayed diagnosis take place, for example in Accident & Emergency Departments. We have previously acted on behalf of patients who have been discharged with untreated broken limbs and appendicitis.

Delayed diagnosis and delayed referral can also be caused by a General Practitioner's negligence. Failure to refer a patient to a specialist in time means that a condition can be left untreated. A common example is cancer where opportunities for early treatment are missed.

Delayed diagnosis can lead to substantial harm caused to a patient, prolonged suffering or the need for corrective procedures, reduction in life expectancy and a substantial impact on general day-to-day living, for example loss of earnings, disability and death.