Embolism Misdiagnosis Compensation Claims

Is it possible to make embolism misdiagnosis compensation claims for a delay in the diagnosis of colorectal cancer? I had to undergo chemotherapy and an ileostomy, which I think could have been avoided.

Answer:

In order to be eligible to make embolism misdiagnosis compensation claims, the misdiagnosis of an embolism must have resulted in you sustaining an injury or coming to harm due to the medical negligence of a medical practitioner. In cases when an embolism is not diagnosed straightway, but in time for treatment to be administered effectively and resolve the problem, it is unlikely that a claim for embolism misdiagnosis compensation would be successful. If embolism misdiagnosis compensation claims are possible, they may only be worth your while to pursue if the injuries you sustained were significant.

Embolism misdiagnosis compensation claims are usually made only when a serious injury has been sustained due to a misdiagnosis or when a patient has died due to the delay in administering drugs to break up the blood clot. In such cases, an embolism misdiagnosis compensation claim will result in substantial damages being awarded. However this does not necessarily mean that a fatal injury must be sustained before it is possible to make embolism misdiagnosis compensation claims.

As long as the delay in obtaining the correct diagnosis of an embolism was due to medical negligence, and a competent doctor would not have failed to recognise the symptoms of an embolism “at the time and in the circumstances” and would then have taken swift corrective action, your embolism misdiagnosis compensation claim should have a good chance of being successful.

It is not possible to determine whether you are eligible to make a claim for embolism misdiagnosis compensation without first reviewing your medical records in detail. We recommend that you should speak with a medical negligence solicitor for advice at the first possible opportunity. After listening to your account of the misdiagnosis and seeking an expert medical opinion on the injuries you sustained, a medical negligence solicitor will be able to assess whether you have an embolism misdiagnosis compensation claim which is worth your while to pursue.