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Medical Misdiagnosis

When you seek medical advice, you trust in the expertise and diligence of healthcare professionals. At Berwick Solicitors, we understand the trust you place in these individuals and the devastating impact it can have when it is breached through medical misdiagnosis. Our solicitors have decades of combined experience in handling medical misdiagnosis claims and we are dedicated to providing you with the highest standard of legal representation.

Common Causes and Types of Medical Misdiagnosis

Medical misdiagnosis can result from various failures within the healthcare system. Common causes include:

  • Overlooking key symptoms or medical history
  • Misinterpretation of laboratory results
  • Failure to order appropriate tests
  • Inadequate follow-up on abnormal findings
  • Breakdown in communication among medical staff

Types of misdiagnosis claims often relate to:

  • Cancer (breast, cervical, colorectal, etc.)
  • Heart attacks and cardiovascular conditions
  • Stroke and neurological conditions
  • Infectious diseases
  • Surgical complications

Compensation for Medical Misdiagnosis

Can I Get Compensation for Misdiagnosis?

Patients who have suffered due to misdiagnosis have a three-year period from the date of the correct diagnosis to file a claim. Compensation may cover physical and emotional suffering, the cost of additional medical treatment, loss of earnings and more.

What Is the Average Payout for Medical Negligence in Ireland?

While the State Claims Agency reports the average compensation for medical negligence at €63,000, the specific amount for misdiagnosis claims varies according to the details and impact of each case.

Can I Sue a Doctor for Wrong Diagnosis?

If a misdiagnosis leads to any harm, whether physical, emotional, or financial, you may be entitled to seek compensation for damages incurred.

What Is a Medical Misdiagnosis Claim?

A medical misdiagnosis claim requires evidence that the level of care provided fell below acceptable standards and that this failure directly resulted in damage or injury to the patient.

How Much Compensation for Misdiagnosis?

The value of a misdiagnosis claim depends on several factors, such as the seriousness of the health impact and the long-term effects on the patient’s life.

How Do You Prove Misdiagnosis?

Proving misdiagnosis involves establishing a duty of care, a breach of that duty through negligent actions and a direct causal link to the harm suffered.

Medical Misdiagnosis Claims: The Process with Berwick Solicitors

Inquests and Inquest Reports

In Ireland, if a person dies under sudden, unexplained, or violent circumstances, a public inquest conducted by a Coroner may occur to ascertain the cause of death. Inquests and the subsequent reports aim to publicly establish the facts surrounding a death but do not attribute civil or criminal liability.

Why Berwick?

Berwick Solicitors are well-versed in handling inquest and inquest reports, assisting families seeking answers and considering subsequent litigation. With a deep understanding of the emotional and legal challenges involved, we stand by our clients throughout the entire process.

Legal Expertise in Medical Misdiagnosis

What Is Hospital Negligence?

Hospital negligence occurs when actions by healthcare professionals within a hospital setting lead to a patient suffering injury, damage, or illness. This encompasses a broad spectrum of incidents, from emergency room errors to mismanaged specialist appointments.

Common Hospital Negligence Claims

Frequent claims arise from:

  • Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
  • Surgical errors, including retained foreign objects post-surgery
  • Hospital-acquired infections
  • Medication and prescription errors

Making a Medical Misdiagnosis Claim

If you believe you’ve been the victim of a medical misdiagnosis, Berwick Solicitors are here to support you. Contact us today for a comprehensive assessment of your case. We will manage all aspects, from compiling medical records to representing you in legal proceedings, ensuring you receive the justice and compensation you deserve.

For expert guidance and comprehensive support on handling medical negligence claims in Ireland, refer to our medical negligence solicitors page. Our dedicated team, with extensive experience across a wide range of medical negligence cases, is committed to delivering the justice and compensation you are entitled to. We provide detailed information and resources to assist you through this challenging process, ensuring you have the representation you need.


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Berwick Solicitors are regarded as one of the top medical negligence law firms in Ireland