Is it possible to make a claim for glomus tumour subungual misdiagnosis compensation even though the tumour turned out to be benign when my condition was correctly diagnosed after six weeks?

Eoin P. Campbell, LL.B., Solicitor

Editor in Chief

Eoin P. Campbell

Although making claim for compensation for the misdiagnosis of a glomus tumour subungual will be possible if it can be established that your doctor was negligent at the time of the misdiagnosis, whether it is worth your while to make a claim for glomus tumour subungual misdiagnosis compensation will depend on the pain you experienced due to the misdiagnosis and the effect it had on your quality of life.

A glomus tumour subungual is a rare condition to be presented at a doctor´s surgery and could be misdiagnosed by an inexperienced doctor as a venous malformation or haemangioma. However, inexperience is no excuse for negligence and, if a competent physician would have recognised the symptoms and correctly identified your condition – or at the very least referred you to a specialist – then you will be able to make a glomus tumour subungual misdiagnosis compensation claim.

Inasmuch that you were fortunate your glomus tumour subungual was benign, and therefore you did not suffer a deterioration of the disease because of the late diagnosis, any pain you experienced unnecessarily due to the misdiagnosis can be included in a claim for glomus tumour subungual misdiagnosis compensation. You may also be entitled to compensation if your condition prevented you from completing day-to-day tasks or enjoying a social and leisure pursuits.

Any financial expenses you have incurred which can be attributed to the misdiagnosis can also be recovered in a glomus tumour subungual misdiagnosis compensation claim, including any loss of income you experienced if you were unable to work. You will also be able to recover any costs associated with pursuing a claim for glomus tumour subungual misdiagnosis compensation – including engaging the services of a medical negligence solicitor and a competent physician to support your claim.

Once you have undergone an assessment by a solicitor, he or she will be able to advise you whether you have a glomus tumour subungual misdiagnosis compensation claim which is worth your while to pursue and the likelihood of your claim being successful. As people often forget how much pain a misdiagnosis such as this can be responsible for, and the impact the pain has on a victim´s quality of life, it would be in your best interests to speak with a solicitor at the first practical opportunity.