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A late diagnosis takes place when a medical professional manages to identify your condition, but does so following an unnecessary delay.

A late diagnosis takes place when a medical professional manages to identify your condition, injury or illness but does so following an unnecessary delay.

What qualifies as ‘Late Diagnosis’?

This can encompass delays in referrals, scans and other investigations. It can also include medical professionals overlooking records that are re-reviewed at a later date and urgently acted upon.



Like the other forms of misdiagnosis, a late diagnosis may lessen your prospects of recoverability, reduce your treatment options, reduces the chances of surgery being successful (if required) and necessitate more invasive treatment plans. It also causes avoidable periods of prolonged pain and suffering whilst waiting for a diagnosis and subsequent treatment.

These outcomes can increase your level of damages.

Why use Oakwood Solicitors to make your case?

We have a dedicated team of solicitors and paralegals who have many years’ experience between them in running cases of this nature. They are highly trained to deal with all aspects of Clinical Negligence.

We want to ensure that clients are not overwhelmed by legal jargon, medical terms that they don’t understand, and that we allow the claims procedure to be as transparent as possible.

How is my case funded?

The majority of Clinical Negligence cases are funded by a Conditional Fee Agreement, more commonly known as a ‘no-win, no fee’ agreement. This means that there will be nothing to pay upfront and nothing to pay if the claim has been lost.

If you are successful in your claim, a deduction of 25% of damages will be taken to cover the success fee and the shortfall in legal fees.

It may also be the case that an After The Event (ATE) insurance policy will be obtained to cover the costs of expensive medical reports and investigations. If an ATE insurance policy has to be obtained, the cost of the same will be discussed with you at the appropriate point.

The cost of the ATE insurance policy is again taken from your damages and only payable if you are successful with your claim.




For advice relating to delay in diagnosis or any other form of Medical Negligence, get in touch today for a free initial consultation. Choose one of the methods on the right-hand side of this page, or call us on 0113 200 9787 to find out how we can help you.

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0113 200 9780

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