Missed or Delayed Diagnosis

The Medical Negligence Department at Gregory Abrams Davidson specialise in claims arising as a result of a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis.


Delaying the diagnosis of an illness can have devastating consequences.

For example, a delay in diagnosing cancer can reduce life expectancy or a delay in diagnosing an orthopaedic injury can mean conservative treatment is no longer an option and surgery is required.

We have years of experience in dealing with a wide variety of cases concerning delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis.

The most common type of delayed diagnosis claims related to cancer such as:

  • Breast cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Bowel cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Skin cancer

We have experience in handing delayed diagnosis of cancer claims as a result of:

  • The misinterpretation of an x-ray or scan
  • A failure to carry out or request the necessary tests or scans
  • A failure to respond to positive test results
  • A failure to interpret tissue samples (including smear tests)
  • A failure to carry out the necessary tests
  • A failure to make appropriate referrals
  • A failure to treat with the required urgency

We have also assisted clients in bringing successful claims relating to the misdiagnosis of cancer. This includes:

  • The consequences of either being told that they have cancer when they do not
  • The consequences of being told that they have terminal cancer when in fact the condition is treatable.

These claims involve unnecessary procedures and often a psychological reaction.

In addition to delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of cancer claims, the Medical Negligence department at Gregory Abrams Davidson also have experience of other delayed diagnosis claims including:

  • Orthopaedic injuries – failing to obtain x-rays or misinterpreting an x-ray and thus failing to identify a fracture (all types including scaphoid fractures) or tendon injury
  • Misdiagnosis at Accident and Emergency
  • Delays by GPs in relation to illnesses other than cancer - failing to request necessary tests, failing to respond to positive test results or failing to make appropriate referrals
  • Delays by Hospitals in relation to illness other than cancer  - failing to request necessary tests / scans, failing to respond to positive test results or failing to treat with the required urgency

If you or a family member or friend would like FREE advice on a potential claim arising from a delayed or misdiagnosed illness, please contact us on 0151 733 3353/ 0208 209 0166. Alternatively, you can e-mail us at info@gadlegal.co.uk or fill out our online contact form and we will contact you directly.

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