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Misdiagnosis Claims

What is Misdiagnosis?

Misdiagnosis occurs when a doctor or medical professional fails to accurately diagnose a patient.

It can arise when there has been a incorrect or delayed diagnosis of a medical condition such as cancer, meningitis, diabetes, heart disease or head injuries.

How do you know if you have a medical misdiagnosis claim?

The most common types of medical misdiagnosis are:

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Delay in treatment because of a misdiagnosis
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Incorrect treatment because of a misdiagnosis
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Unnecessary surgery due to misdiagnosis
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Failure to diagnose at all

Examples of where this may occur are:

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Failure to interpret test results correctly
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Failure to recognise symptoms of meningitis
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Failure to refer a patient to the correct specialist or at all
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Proceeding with the wrong treatment
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Failure to refer for the correct scans resulting in a delay in treatment

What are the most common claims for misdiagnosis?

Cancer, heart problems and infections are most likely to be misdiagnosed. With each of these illnesses, a delay in diagnosing them can result in the condition becoming harder to treat or resulting in a terminal illness or untimely death.
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Cancer misdiagnosis claims – It is imperative that cancer is diagnosed accurately and in a timely in order to increase recovery and survival rates. A delay in diagnosis can mean the cancer is harder to treat and becomes terminal.

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Meningitis – A delay in diagnosing and treating bacterial meningitis can result in serious illness and even death.

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Diabetes – Where there is an incorrect diagnosis of the type of diabetes this can cause serious illness as each type requires different treatment.

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Heart misdiagnosis claims – misdiagnosis of heart complaints are very common in Ireland and the UK. This can result in a delay in recognising possible symptoms of heart failure or heart attack resulting in irreparable damage to the muscle of the heart or possibly death.

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Head injury claims – misdiagnosis of head injury claims can result in brain damage or life-changing injuries. See More >>

Why choose Liston Flavin Solicitors?

We have represented numerous clients in high profile misdiagnosis cases. We have endeavoured to improve the Irish health system and implement changes in Irish hospitals because of medical misdiagnosis.

Types of Medical Negligence Claims

Brain Injury Claims

Brain injuries can have a devastating effect on an individual and their family, particularly if the injuries are as a result of medical negligence. Brain injuries can be catastrophic and result in traumatic and life-changing injuries.

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Stroke Misdiagnosis Claims

A stroke can occur when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off or reduced, preventing the brain tissue getting the oxygen it needs. Strokes are a medical emergency and urgent treatment is essential.

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Birth Injury to Mother Claims
For most women, having a baby is a positive experience and they leave hospital having received excellent care.

Unfortunately, when something goes wrong or where negligence occurs, before, during or after childbirth, it can result in very serious physical and psychological injuries.

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Birth Injury to Baby Claims
If your baby has been injured due to mistakes or errors by doctors or midwives before, during or after giving birth then you may be entitled to make a claim for medical negligence.

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Stillbirth & Neonatal Deaths Claims
If your baby died due to hospital negligence then you will have many unanswered questions as to what caused the death of your baby.

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Gynaecology Claims

Gynaecologists are doctors who specialise in investigating, diagnosing, and treating disorders of the female reproductive system.

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Misdiagnosis Claims

Misdiagnosis occurs when a doctor or medical professional fails to accurately diagnose a patient. It can arise when there has been a incorrect or delayed diagnosis of a medical condition such as cancer, meningitis, diabetes, heart disease or head injuries.

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A&E Negligence Claims

A&E departments deal with many different types of medical emergencies. These departments are highly pressurised and emergency care can sometimes go wrong and cause serious injury to the patient. Accident and emergency claims can arise where negligent delay or incorrect medical treatment results in the patient suffering from illness or injury, which would not have occurred but for the negligent care.

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Dental Negligence Claims

If your dentist has made a mistake or an error whilst treating or diagnosing a dental issue then you may have a claim for dental negligence.

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Fatal Claims
If the loss of a loved one was a result of a medical mistake or error, then you may be able to pursue a fatal claim on you and your family’s behalf.

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Cauda Equina Claims

Cauda Equina Syndrome is a medical emergency and needs to be treated urgently to avoid long-term irreparable neurological damage. If your doctor has failed to recognise the symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome and failed to refer you for emergency treatment, then it is possible that you have a claim for medical negligence.

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Surgical Injury Claims

Surgical negligence claims arise when mistakes occur during surgery which result in the patient being injured.

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Spinal Injury Claims
Spinal injury can be caused as result of a delayed or missed diagnoses or during routine surgery. Where the injury is caused because of negligence, it may be possible to make a spinal injury claim with Liston Flavin Solicitors.

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Defective Medical Device Claims
If a medical device is defective it can cause serious harm to patients. It can also make a condition worse and necessitate additional surgery.

Despite strict standards and rigorous testing of medical devices, sometimes products are defective and can cause serious personal injury. This may require a patient having to undergo further surgery to remove and replace the defective medical device.

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Nursing Home Claims

Some of the most vulnerable in society reside in care homes and nursing homes and whilst most people who reside there receive an excellent level of care. There are exceptions, however, where failings in care by the staff who are responsible for caring for the vulnerable and elderly results in poor care and medical treatment which leads to injury and can tragically lead to death. This can result in a claim for medical negligence.

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Covid 19 Claims
Non-Covid patients are at risk of serious harm or death because of a delay in accessing treatment or medical services during the pandemic.

If you have suffered from unnecessary illness or harm because of a delay in accessing the required medical care, then you may have a claim for medical negligence.

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GP Claims
When we feel unwell, we generally go to our GP and on the most part patients receive exceptional care. Sometimes, however, symptoms are missed, and doctors fail to diagnose or refer patients for further treatment.

GP’s play an important role in ensuring that patients are assessed appropriately, prescribed the correct treatment, and referred on for specialist care without delay.

If a GP makes a mistake which causes a patient to suffer unnecessary pain and financial loss, it may be possible to pursue a claim for medical negligence.

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Cosmetic Surgery Claims
Cosmetic surgery mistakes can be devastating, both physically and mentally. Where a procedure goes wrong or where a cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist makes a mistake which causes an injury then it is possible to pursue a cosmetic surgery claim.

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For more information about how we can help you, please contact Rachael Liston or Clare Flavin on 01-9123240 or email info@listonflavin.ie