Have you suffered because of delays in treatment?
Medical professionals not only have a duty to provide care to a certain standard, they should also do so in a timely manner. Delayed treatment can have serious consequences for a patient, causing additional pain and suffering and, in some cases, irreversible complications. One of the common reasons why people experience treatment delays is because their condition has been misdiagnosed. This can have a knock-on effect of causing delays in referrals to specialists and impacting on the subsequent treatment options. Sometimes, this means the patient has to undergo prolonged or more invasive treatment and some may become disabled or disfigured as a result. In the worst cases, the patient ends up dying from a disease that could have been cured if it had been diagnosed earlier.
When can delays happen?
Aside from cancellation of appointments and procedures, delays in treatment can happen in emergency situations, such as in A&E or during surgery when the seriousness of a patient’s condition goes unnoticed. Administrative errors can also cause unnecessary delays, such as a hospital, clinic or surgery failing to contact the patient with the results of tests that should be acted on.
When can delays in treatment lead to a medical negligence claim?
- If the delay has made your condition worse
- If you develop further symptoms
- If your condition has become terminal because of the delay
- When a delay has allowed your illness to spread to another part of the body
- If the delay has made a particular treatment no longer suitable for you
- If the delay has caused you to need additional treatment
- If the delay has reduced the effectiveness of a treatment
- If your pain and suffering has been prolonged or intensified as a result
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Medical Negligence Solicitor and Partner
“If your treatment was delayed unnecessarily and this meant you suffered harm or needed further treatment, then you may be able to make a claim for medical compensation.”
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When could a delay in treatment be medical negligence?
It depends on the length of the delay, the illness itself and the consequences that the delay had on your health. As a general rule, if a delay in your treatment has led to a worsening of your condition or to you developing complications or a further illness that could have been avoided, you may be able to make a claim for medical negligence.
Our Latest Delayed treatment Case Studies
Mr Maxwell had a history of arthritis and hypertension. When he woke with severe chest pain in the early hours, his wife telephoned for an ambulance and he was taken to hospital where various tests were performed. Following the tests, he was advised that he had not had a heart attack but that he would have to…Read more
James Farmer, 39, was referred to Cardiology because of problems with his heart. He was diagnosed with a bileaflet prolapse of the mitral valve with severe leakage and was referred for immediate surgery. During his time on the ward, he had periods of severe palpitations which he reported to the nurses and the doctors. The reports were ignored.…Read more
When he was 37, Archie Williams was diagnosed with an enlarged heart (cardiomegaly), a calcified aortic valve and severe narrowing of the aortic valve. He was referred by the cardiology team at the hospital for emergency surgery. However, his treatment was then delayed for several months, pending further investigations. He died of a fatal heart…Read more
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