When you are feeling ill, you trust that when you visit a healthcare facility, that the healthcare professionals will “fix” you. The same way you would trust a licensed roofing professional to fix your roof. However, the same reason that many roofing professionals come to your house and do an estimate on how much it will cost to repair your roof, healthcare professionals will perform a preliminary exam to run tests and ultimately diagnose your ailment so they know the best way to treat your ailment.
However, the human body is more complicated than a roof and sometimes mistakes are made while the healthcare professional is trying to diagnose the patient. In the event that an attending healthcare professional is not equipped to handle the situation, they are required to provide a certain level of standard of care and recommend that you follow up with other healthcare professionals who can assist in treating your ailment. Sometimes doctors truly believe they are indeed treating your ailment but failure to take everything into consideration can lead to a misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose the true medical condition.
When misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose occurs serious consequences can happen including but not limited to patients receiving improper medical treatments and receiving the wrong prescriptions. These mistakes can sometimes be life-threatening due to the health condition becoming worse because of the improper treatment or the healthcare professional has failed to catch a life-threatening disease in a timely fashion.
How Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers Prove Negligence
In order to have a successful misdiagnosis/failure to diagnose claim, our medical malpractice work with other healthcare professional to show that your attending physician was acting negligently. In order to do this, there are four things that are required to prove:
- The patient was under the care of a physician who was licensed to practice medicine
- The mistake by the healthcare professional was not the accepted norm within the standard level of care
- The mistake led to the patient being harmed
- The harm then led to specific damages including but not limited to additional pain and suffering, mental anguish, lost income due to the inability to work, future medical expenses to treat the underlying condition or to fix the new condition arrived from the mistake, and future hardship that will now incur due to the healthcare professionals mistake.
Examples of Misdiagnosis/Failure to Diagnosis
- Failure to include all possible diagnosis of the medical ailment
- Improper conducting of tests
- Failure to recognize the urgency of symptoms causing a delay in diagnosis
- Mistaking a response in medication causing a wrong or delay in diagnosis
While misdiagnosis and failure to diagnosis don’t seem like a big deal as long as the doctors find the answer to the ailment eventually, sometimes when things are missed it can lead to death, disability, and post-traumatic stress disorder. It can also put the person who is ill in a financial burden through no fault of their own. This is why our medical malpractice professional work diligently on behalf of our clients to make sure that our clients get the compensation they deserve.
Our medical malpractice attorneys have established relationships with several healthcare professionals and expert healthcare witnesses. Together, they will work on showing that there might have been an alternative diagnosis that should have been considered or that the tests performed during the initial examination were not done in the proper manner. We will also interview other witnesses at the healthcare facility to corroborate that the healthcare professional was working in a reckless or negligent manner.
Why You Should Contact Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Our medical malpratice lawyers have over 30 year experience of handling misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose cases. If you feel that due to a doctor’s inability to listen to your symptoms or through their own reckless conduct that your medical condition was exaserbated or not treated in the proper way then you might have grounds to file a medical malpractice case. Contact one of our medical malpractice attorneys by filling out our contact form.