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When symptoms are misdiagnosed or a diagnosis is delayed, it can have a profound effect on your health and prognosis, and potentially result in additional injury or illness. If this has happened to you, you might be entitled to medical misdiagnosis compensation.

We ask more questions and get to know you personally. It’s how we spot the things others don’t, so you get more compensation.

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Can I claim medical misdiagnosis compensation?

The area of medical misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis of an injury, illness or a medical condition forms a large part of medical negligence claims in Australia against GPs, specialists, hospitals and hospital emergency departments. It usually involves actions or inactions that lead to delays in administration of appropriate and timely treatment, or administration of incorrect treatment or no treatment at all.

Our medical misdiagnosis lawyers have extensive experience in this area, and there’s no cost speak to one of our lawyers and get advice on whether you can claim compensation.


We’ll get you more compensation.

Medical misdiagnosis often results in time off work, unplanned expenses and financial stress. But your situation is unique, and your injury or illness may have led to other health issues and complications. We’ll ask more questions and get to know you personally, to understand all your issues and their impact on your life. That’s why you’ll get more compensation with a Law Partners medical misdiagnosis lawyer on your side.

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What are some examples of misdiagnosis?

Making the wrong diagnosis.

A typical example is when a patient who presents with chest pain is diagnosed with a relatively minor condition such as gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD), when in fact the patient’s symptoms are caused by a more serious condition such as a heart attack or a pulmonary embolism and no steps are taken to diagnose or treat those conditions.


Missed diagnosis.

This typically occurs when the patient is certified as fit, when in fact he or she suffers from a medical condition that could have been diagnosed at the time of certification.


Delayed diagnosis.

This usually occurs when the medical practitioner fails to obtain a proper history or refer the patient for appropriate investigations to rule out a particular condition.


Failure to diagnose a related or unrelated disease.

This occurs when the medical practitioner diagnoses and treats only one condition, when the patient’s symptoms are caused by more than one condition. This leaves the undiagnosed condition untreated and allows it to progress further and affect the patient’s prognosis.


Getting started.

Tell us about your claim.

Speak to one of our friendly solicitors today and find out if you can claim.

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We’ll get to know you.

Our solicitor will ask more questions and get to know you personally to work out everything you’re entitled to.

We’ll offer to start your claim.

We’ll explain how we can claim all your compensation and give you our ‘no win no fee’ guarantee. You decide if you want to proceed – there’s no obligation.

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A specialist lawyer will review your circumstances and tell you how much you can claim.

What can I claim for medical misdiagnosis?

Depending on the severity of your injuries, the total compensation amount can include:

  • Lost income – the amount of income you’ve lost through time off work.
  • Medical expenses – resulting from your injuries or illness.
  • Travel expenses – to and from medical appointments and treatment.
  • Domestic assistance – the cost of getting help with home duties.
  • Pain and suffering – an amount to compensate you for your pain and suffering, based on the extent of your injuries.
  • Future losses – for example, your future earnings that you will miss out on as a result of your injuries.

How we can help you.

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Your medical misdiagnosis lawyer will assess your situation and form an opinion on whether you have a valid claim.

We’ll go through your medical records to determine whether they support an allegation of negligence.

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We’ll consult one or more qualified medical professionals and get written reports to back up the allegation of negligence.

Once we’ve established the likelihood of success with your claim, we’ll advise you on your options.

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If you decide to proceed, we’ll prepare your claim by compiling all of the evidence needed including medical records, witness statements, medical reports and forensic accounting reports to substantiate your claim. All backed by our no win no fee, no disbursements guarantee.


You’re in safe hands with Law Partners.

Your misdiagnosis lawyer is backed by a team of specialists including paralegals, medico legal experts, forensic accountants and barristers. So you’re in safe hands with Australia’s largest specialist personal injury firm.

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James McAuley

Solicitor

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Gillian Potts

Special Counsel

Being a calm-natured and patient person, I find that the best way to help my clients with their claims is to first focus on listening to them and understanding their needs, and then set about fulfilling those needs and exceeding their expectations.

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Principal

With over 15 years’ experience in personal injury law on my side, I’ve had the privilege of helping thousands of injured people and their families claim all the compensation they’re entitled to.

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Lillian Crowther-Gibson

Solicitor

My philosophy has always been to accept people as they are. I apply this to my work as I always keep an open mind to every client and enquiry that comes through the door regardless of how they come to us or present on paper.

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James David

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Clare Decena

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Frequently asked questions.

Illnesses and conditions that are sometimes misdiagnosed resulting in a worse outcome for the patient include:

  • Cancer
  • Heart attack
  • Meningitis
  • Stroke
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • MS
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Mental illness

For example, a heart attack can be misdiagnosed as anxiety or indigestion; however, it can be deadly without timely treatment.

Your medical misdiagnosis compensation payout will depend on the extent of your injuries or illness and the impact they have on your life. Here are two examples of medical misdiagnosis claims and payouts:

Case 1: Misdiagnosis of appendicitis – $750k

  • This patient went to her doctor with abdominal pain and was misdiagnosed as having an ovarian cyst.
  • She was eventually diagnosed with a ruptured appendix seven days after her initial examination.
  • As a result, she has suffered long term physical and psychological issues, which could have been avoided had the appendicitis not been misdiagnosed.
  • This patient was awarded a medical misdiagnosis compensation payout of $750k.

Case 2: Paraplegia caused by delayed diagnosis – $4.5M

  • The patient presented at hospital with severe neck pain.
  • The hospital misdiagnosed him as having a muscle strain.
  • He eventually collapsed at home and became unresponsive.
  • He was rushed into surgery where it was found he had a cervical spinal epidural abscess caused by a Staph infection.
  • Despite undergoing surgery, the patient was left paraplegic and spent the next four months in hospital.
  • This patient was awarded a medical misdiagnosis payout amount of $4.5M to cover his losses and pain and suffering and to support his future care and treatment expenses.

In NSW, you must lodge your statement of claim within three years of the claim being discoverable. However, long-stop periods and considerations can be given to children and people with disabilities. If you’ve exceeded a time limitation, it may be possible for us to argue that the injury was not discoverable until a later date. You can speak with one of our specialist medical misdiagnosis lawyers to get advice on your situation.

A no win no fee medical misdiagnosis lawyer offers to run your case for you and only get paid when you win. If you choose the right lawyer, it’s an excellent option that allows you to pursue your claim without any risk, but it’s important to check the lawyer’s costs agreement to fully understand what’s covered. With some no win no fee lawyers you can still end up having to pay thousands of dollars in disbursements if your case is unsuccessful. This is because their no win no fee agreements cover their professional fees but not the costs they incur. At Law Partners, our no win no fee, no disbursements guarantee covers all our costs and disbursements as well as our professional fees, so you can pursue your claim with peace of mind.


Why should I choose Law Partners?

Caring for our clients drives everything we do – that’s why thousands of Australians every year choose Law Partners.

We’ll match you with a lawyer who specialises in medical misdianosis compensation claims like yours.

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We’ll build a personal relationship with you and your family to make sure we understand the true impact of your injuries.

Your legal team will check in with you regularly and always keep you up to date with your case.

We win over 99% of our cases and pride ourselves in winning more compensation.

Do I have a case?

Our senior lawyers will assess your case for free.


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