Delayed Diagnosis Claims in Bristol

If a healthcare professional has missed the opportunity to diagnose an issue and you have suffered harm or a worsening of your condition as a result, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

At Lyons Solicitors, we deal with all types of claims for delayed diagnosis compensation in Bristol and beyond, including complex and high-value cases. We have the expertise to claim the compensation you deserve and the experience to take on the legal teams for major medical insurers.

We know that it may seem daunting to bring a legal case and we will do all we can to give you the support you need. We provide an excellent level of care and will make sure that you are kept updated throughout and that we are available to speak to you as needed.

Your claim will be dealt with by the same experienced delayed diagnosis solicitor from start to finish. This means that they will have an in-depth understanding of your case and be able to discuss issues in detail with you. We are always happy to communicate in the way that is easiest for you, including telephone, video conferencing or in person. We can also arrange out of hours home visits if necessary.

We offer no win no fee delayed diagnosis representation, allowing you to bring a claim even if you do not want to fund it yourself.

We routinely deal with challenging cases that other law firms may feel unable to handle or for clients who feel that their existing representation is not effective enough.

We specialise in medical negligence cases and our team is led by Duncan Shaw, a partner with more than 25 years of experience in medical negligence. We have a sound track record of success in obtaining substantial sums for clients in delayed diagnosis compensation in Bristol and beyond. If you have been harmed because of negligence on the part of your GP or at a Bristol hospital, including Southmead Hospital, the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI), Weston Hospital or another healthcare provider, speak to us today.


Speak to us about delayed diagnosis claims in Bristol

We offer a free first consultation to answer any questions you might have about the claims process and help to clarify your situation.

To book a free initial consultation with our delayed diagnosis lawyers in Kingswood, Westbury-on-Trym or Chew Magna, please get in touch today. You can use the contact details for each office or fill in the ‘Ask us a Question’ form on the right-hand side of the page to request a call back.

Types of delayed diagnosis claims we can help you with

We provide representation and legal advice on delayed diagnosis claims of all types, including large and complex cases. These include:

  • Delayed cancer diagnosis claims
  • Delayed sepsis diagnosis claims
  • Delayed meningitis diagnosis claims
  • GP delayed diagnosis
  • Delayed diagnosis due to covid
  • Delay in referring for further tests
  • A&E delayed diagnosis
  • Orthopaedic delayed diagnosis
  • Delayed medical appointment or delayed medical referral
  • Delayed medical test results

We have extensive experience in bringing claims against large organisations and their insurance teams, including suing the NHS for delayed diagnosis on behalf of clients who have been harmed by this type of medical negligence.

For more information or to speak to one of our expert delayed diagnosis lawyers in Kingswood, Westbury-on-Trym, Chew Magna and the wider Bristol area, please get in touch.

Our delayed diagnosis compensation claims fees

We offer no win no fee delayed diagnosis claims so that you can bring your case without financial risk. We will discuss the funding options we offer and establish the right choice for your circumstances. We are also able to arrange insurance, which can be taken out to cover unexpected costs.

Delayed diagnosis compensation claims FAQs

What is delayed diagnosis?

Delayed diagnosis is one of the most common forms of medical negligence. It arises when healthcare professionals had the opportunity to provide a diagnosis, but failed to do so for some reason.

If this results in you suffering from a worsening of your condition, then you are advised to speak to a solicitor as soon as you can.

What can cause negligence delays in diagnosis?

There are many reasons why you could have received a late diagnosis, including a GP missing symptoms, mistaking your condition for something else or not correctly reading or interpreting test results.

Alternatively, there could be mistakes within the hospital system, with consultants failing to diagnose symptoms when they first had the opportunity to do so.

Similarly, you may have experienced a delay in receiving medical treatment, either because of a late diagnosis or because you were not given an appointment when you should have been.

It could be the case that a medical practitioner failed to deal with test results or X-rays correctly, resulting in delays in your case or that they did not give you prescription medication that would have helped prevent your condition from deteriorating.

What can happen as a result of a delayed diagnosis?

If you are not treated at the earliest opportunity, there is a risk that your condition could worsen. It may then be harder to treat and could leave you with long-term symptoms that you would not otherwise have had. In the most severe cases, delayed diagnosis can leave someone with a terminal diagnosis that should have been avoided.

We deal with a wide range of outcomes for those who have had a diagnosis delayed, including representing the families of individuals who have died.

How do I manage financially before a case has been settled?

If your case is substantial, it may take some time to finalise. You may be advised to wait before settling your claim to see how your symptoms settle.

We know that this can be worrying financially, particularly if you are not able to work. We can discuss the possibility of securing interim payments from the insurer. These are payments made during the course of the case if the insurer admits liability for your condition.

How much can I claim for negligence caused by a delay in diagnosis?

The amount paid for delayed diagnosis can vary widely depending on the severity of your injuries and your long-term prognosis. Because it is difficult to accurately assess the amount you might receive without discussing the details with you, we do not offer a delayed diagnosis compensation calculator.

However, if you would like to talk to one of our expert delayed diagnosis solicitors, we will be happy to talk through your situation and discuss the range in which your payment might be.

If the other side admits liability or the court finds them liable, you will be entitled to two types of damages:

  • General damages; and
  • Special damages

General damages are intended to compensate you for your pain and suffering as well as for any loss of ability to do things you used to be able to do, known as loss of amenity.

Special damages are compensation for your financial losses. This could include loss of earnings, future loss of earnings, the cost of treatment not provided by the NHS, prescription charges and the cost of special equipment or adaptations to your home.

How much time do I have to make a delayed diagnosis claim?

You will usually have three years in which to start a delayed diagnosis lawsuit. This starts from the date on which you should have known about the delayed diagnosis.

For children, the three-year period starts from the date of their 18th birthday. For individuals who do not have the mental capacity to manage their own affairs, there is no time limit.

Speak to us about delayed diagnosis compensation in Bristol

We offer a free first consultation to answer any questions you might have about the process of making a delayed diagnosis claim and help to clarify your situation.

To book a free initial consultation with a delayed diagnosis solicitor in Kingswood, Westbury-on-Trym, or Chew Magna, please get in touch today. You can use the contact details for each office or fill in the enquiry form on the right-hand side of the page to request a call-back.