United States Missed Diagnosis and Misdiagnosis Attorneys

United States Missed Medical Diagnosis Lawyers

Lawyers in the U.S. for Patients Harmed by Negligent Medical Diagnosis

When you visit a doctor's office, you expect that the doctor in question will listen carefully to your concerns and symptoms and then accurately diagnose the condition that is causing them. Sometimes, however, a doctor might misdiagnose your condition or fail to make a diagnosis altogether. If you are dealing with a relatively minor condition such as a sinus infection or bronchitis, a missed diagnosis might not seem like a big deal. If your actual condition is something more serious, such as cancer or heart disease, a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis could cause severe and potentially life-threatening issues for you.

The legal professionals listed on the Top U.S. Personal Injury Lawyers directory understand how missed or delayed diagnoses can affect the lives of patients. When a doctor fails to diagnose a patient's condition correctly because of carelessness or negligence, the doctor in question must be held accountable. If you suffered any type of harm as a result of a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis, talk to a top attorney in your area to learn about your options for seeking compensation.

How Do Diagnostic Mistakes Happen?

Diagnosing a patient's medical condition can be incredibly challenging, especially in a situation where a patient might be suffering from multiple conditions at the same time. There are over 10,000 known diseases and infections recognized by the medical community at large, as well as more than 3,500 laboratory tests and imaging procedures. The list of possible symptoms is much shorter, and many conditions share similar symptoms, which means that a single symptom could have hundreds of potential causes and test options. Physicians attend many years of formal education before supervised training in a clinical setting so that they can acquire the skill to properly diagnose complex medical conditions.

Even the best diagnostic doctors in the world make errors that cause a patient to be incorrectly diagnosed, but not all such mistakes are the result of negligence or carelessness. Your combination of symptoms, medical history, genetic predispositions to certain conditions, and many other variables could easily cause a fully capable and cautious doctor to make an incorrect diagnosis. If other, similarly qualified physicians would most likely have reached a similar conclusion, your doctor is unlikely to be considered negligent, despite the misdiagnosis. However, if your doctor did not comply with the prevailing medical standards while trying to diagnose your condition, the resulting misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis could be considered malpractice.

Common Injuries Caused by Missed Diagnoses

A missed or incorrect diagnosis can create serious problems for the misdiagnosed patient and his or her family. Such problems may include:

  • The patient agreeing to an unnecessary course of treatment or medications
  • Treatment protocols that are extremely aggressive or that require dangerous drugs
  • The patient receiving treatment that is meant to address a different condition
  • The patient receiving no treatment whatsoever, allowing the condition to get worse

To demonstrate the potential dangers of a missed diagnosis, consider a situation in which a patient has been diagnosed as having a certain type of cancer. Based on this diagnosis, the patient might agree to begin chemotherapy or radiation treatment, both of which can have dangerous negative side effects. A misdiagnosis could also lead the physician to recommend unnecessary surgical procedures, possibly leaving permanent scars or lingering health problems for the patient based on incorrect information.

Just as importantly, if not more so, a misdiagnosis allows the real issue to remain untreated. As a result, the patient's actual condition could progress to the point where it can no longer be treated effectively.

Putting the Pieces Together

Proving that your misdiagnosis was caused by medical negligence generally requires expert testimony from medical professionals in the same specialty as the doctor who made the diagnosis—or failed to make the diagnosis. You should also work closely with a top attorney who is not afraid to stand up to large healthcare conglomerates, their insurance companies, and their attorneys. Doctors and hospitals are extremely protective of their reputations, which means you may need to take your case all the way to trial in order to secure the compensation you deserve.

Call a Top Misdiagnosis Lawyer Attorney

For more information about collecting damages for injuries caused by a missed, delayed, or incorrect diagnosis, contact a Top U.S. Personal Injury Lawyer near you. Many top malpractice lawyers are available 24 hours a day, and many offer free initial consultations for your convenience. Call and schedule an introductory appointment today.

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