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Misdiagnosis and

Delayed Diagnosis

Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis can have life-changing effects. Doctors have a duty of care and if your diagnosis was not accurate and timely then you may have a claim.

Common Errors:

No case is the same but some common errors re-occur. These tend to be a failure to:

  • interpret test results accurately
  • examine you properly
  • refer you to a specialist.

When you visit a doctor you should be confident in their opinion and that any course of treatment is the best course for you. We will demand answers and apologies for their mistakes, as well as assurances the mistakes will not be repeated.

There Are Two Types Of Misdiagnosis

Delayed/Missed/Late Diagnosis

In this scenario your doctor has totally missed your illness or realised very late in the process. You could have been brushed off as a worrier or it could have been put down to stress. Either way they did not investigate properly until they became so bad the symptoms could not be ignored.


You may have been diagnosed with something else in the short term and started to receive treatment for this misdiagnosed illness. This incorrect treatment could make your actual illness worse and do more harm than good.

Common Kinds Of Misdiagnosis and Delayed Diagnosis

Why Coles Miller?

Most times medical negligence cases can be taken on a No Win No Fee basis – meaning there is no financial burden.

Throughout your claim you will have a single point of contact to answer all your questions and reassure you. So not only will you get a legal partner who understands your needs, you will have the peace of mind knowing that everything is being taken care of.

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