Aggressive Representation for a Failure to Diagnose or Medical Misdiagnosis Lawsuit
A timely and accurate diagnosis is imperative for patients to receive the proper care and treatment they deserve. If you or a family member has suffered as a result of a medical malpractice, our team of attorneys can help you file a failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis lawsuit in Lakeland, FL. Moody Law has successfully handled thousands of malpractice cases, and can provide aggressive and competent representation. Whether your hardships are a result of a misdiagnosis or due to a failure to properly diagnose your condition, we will fight to help you collect damages. To learn more about your rights, please schedule a free consultation.
What is Misdiagnosis?
When visiting a medical professional, it is expected that you will receive an accurate diagnosis and treatment. However, a doctor or their staff can fail to accurately diagnose your illness or condition. Whether they have acted in negligence, or have simply failed to correctly diagnose health issues, the outcome can be devastating for you and your loved ones. Without a timely diagnosis, a condition can become worse over time, resulting in more extensive tests, treatments, higher cost, and extended suffering. In some cases an illness can progress beyond a treatable state, resulting in incapacity, or even death. Examples of conditions that often result from misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose include stroke, pulmonary embolism, or epidural abscess.
Common Types of Misdiagnosis
According to a 2013 study in the Journal of Patient Safety, medical errors are responsible for 210,000 to 440,000 deaths per year. Additionally, a study in the BMJ Quality and Safety journal found 80,000 to 160,000 patients will suffer permanent disabilities as a result of misdiagnosis. There are various ways that a doctor or other medical professional can fail to provide necessary, accurate diagnoses.
When serious diseases are not properly diagnosed early-on, more extensive and highly invasive procedures may be required for effective treatment. In the case of a delayed cancer diagnosis, a patient may have to undergo chemotherapy treatments that would not have been necessary originally. Patients may be also be subjected to recurring problems, or in some cases, if the illness has metastasized and can no longer respond to treatment, death may occur.
Diagnostic errors are common in emergency room settings, in which strokes, heart attacks, meningitis, and appendicitis are often misdiagnosed. If your injury was caused as a result of a health professional misidentifying your condition, you will need legal representation to prove that there was a doctor-patient relationship, negligence on behalf of the doctor, and that negligence has caused actual harm or injury.
Diagnostic Test Error
Faulty equipment and mistakes made by a specialist, technician, or physician can result in misdiagnosis. Diagnostic test errors may also include, but are not limited to, improperly performed tests, misinterpretation of images or test results, miscommunication, or failure to follow-up on test results.
Having competent and aggressive representation is crucial to ensure that you are properly compensated, and that negligent parties are held responsible.
Understanding Your Rights
If you have suffered from a misdiagnosis, our team of professional medical malpractice attorneys understand that this can be a very difficult time for you and your loved ones. Having competent and aggressive representation is crucial to ensure that you are properly compensated, and that negligent parties are held responsible. If you are unsure of your rights, our team at Moody Law can provide a free consultation to review your case. To learn more, please contact us today.