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Wrong diagnosis survival guide

A wrong diagnosis can lead to a patient suffering from more serious symptoms, and can even be life-threatening for some people.

If you think that you have been medically misdiagnosed, our medical negligence solicitors have outlined the questions to ask yourself and the steps to follow to determine whether a mistake has been made, helping you to rectify the situation and protect your health from any further harm.

Questions to ask yourself

Do you fully understand your diagnosis?

It is important to take the time to fully understand your diagnosis, as this can help you to determine whether or not your symptoms match those attributed to the illness you have been diagnosed with. If you find that your symptoms are slightly different, note this down and take them to your GP.

Have you had a follow up appointment?

Once you have been given a diagnosis and prescribed treatment, we recommend booking another appointment with your GP. Alternatively, attend your follow-up appointment, if one is arranged. This will give you an opportunity to discuss whether your health has improved and the steps to follow next, if any further action is needed.

Are you feeling any better?

If you have found that your health has not improved after being prescribed treatment, this could be an indication that you have received a wrong diagnosis and incorrect action has been taken. We recommend that you revisit your GP immediately to inform them of the situation.

Have you sought a second opinion?

If you are concerned that you have been misdiagnosed, even after you have had a second meeting with the medical specialist responsible for your treatment, you should seek a second opinion. This will help you to confirm your doubts, and gain access to the right treatment if it is found that your diagnosis was wrong.

What to do if you have been medically misdiagnosed?

If you would like to find out more about our services or would like a free, initial consultation with a medical negligence specialist, please either contact a member of our team on 0800 085 3295 or alternatively, please contact us by email at clinnegenquiries@lindermyers.co.uk with your telephone number and details of the incident.

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