If your GP – or a medical professional to whom you have been referred – fails to investigate your symptoms of diabetes or misinterprets test results, and you are subsequently diagnosed with the condition, you may be eligible to claim compensation for the misdiagnosis of diabetes.
However, only if your condition has deteriorated significantly since the misdiagnosis, or you have suffered diabetes-related health problems such as failed kidneys or eyesight issues, will you be entitled to make a misdiagnosed diabetes claim.
Often the success of a claim depends on the period of time that elapsed between the initial misdiagnosis and the correct diagnosis; and, to establish whether you can claim compensation for the misdiagnosis of diabetes, it is in your best interests to speak with a medical negligence solicitor at the first possible opportunity.
Making a Misdiagnosed Diabetes Claim for Compensation
When you speak with a solicitor, he or she will want to know how much your condition has deteriorated since the misdiagnosis, and the impact that the “adverse event” has had on your quality of life. Your solicitor will request access to your medical records, so that it can be confirmed that “at the time and in the circumstances” a correct diagnosis should have been made, and – if this is the case – your solicitor will then send a “Letter of Claim” to the GP practise or NHS Trust responsible for your care.
The letter informs the GP practise or NHS Trust that you intend to claim compensation for the misdiagnosis of diabetes and is supported by evidence of negligence supplied by an independent medical expert. The GP practise or NHS Trust will usually conduct its own investigation into your misdiagnosed diabetes claim and – provided that your solicitor has compiled a sufficiently strong case on your behalf – admit liability for your injury.
Settlements of Compensation for the Misdiagnosis of Diabetes
Settlements of compensation for the misdiagnosis of diabetes usually depend on the type of diabetes that was misdiagnosed and the extent to which your condition has avoidably deteriorated. When you claim compensation for the misdiagnosis of diabetes, there is not a fixed amount that your claim will be settled for, and every misdiagnosed diabetes claim is settled on its own merits.
Consequently it is important that you tell your solicitor about every aspect of your life that has suffered due to the misdiagnosis. This is so you are compensated fully for the physical injury you have suffered, receive compensation for any emotional trauma and deterioration in your quality of life, and recover any expenses you have incurred or loss of income you have experienced which is related to the misdiagnosis of diabetes.
Legal Advice about Diabetes Misdiagnosis Claims
If you believe that an early opportunity to diagnose your condition was overlooked, and you would like to find out more about how to claim compensation for the misdiagnosis of diabetes, you are invited to call our Medical Negligence Advice Bureau and discuss your potential claim with a medical negligence solicitor.
Our solicitor will be able to answer any legal questions you may have about your eligibility to make a misdiagnosed diabetes claim, and although he or she will not be able to confirm that you are entitled to compensation during the initial telephone conversation, you will be advised of the options available to you once medical negligence is confirmed.
Please note that there is no obligation on you to claim compensation for the misdiagnosis of diabetes for using our service. We aim to provide clear legal advice about making a claim for compensation for the misdiagnosis of diabetes so that you can decide whether you have a misdiagnosed diabetes claim that may be worth your while to pursue.