No one wants to believe a physician or healthcare provider could overlook a potentially dangerous medical condition, forgo a time-sensitive medical treatment, or mistakenly diagnosis a health crisis that doesn’t actually exist. Yet, personal injury can arise from misdiagnosis in a number of ways: from the delay of appropriate care to the emotional and physical trauma of unneeded treatment, a patient and their family can be exposed to a devastating and long-lasting negative experience due to the incorrect or absence of proper action from a medical professional.
Unfortunately, such scenarios happen far more often than most would like to think. Worse, the aftereffect can have a severe and negative physical, emotional and financial impact on a patient—often for a lifetime.
How Does a Misdiagnosis Occur?
There a myriad of ways a patient would receive a misdiagnosis that could lead to serious personal injury: A physician may incorrectly read an image study or biopsy. Follow-up tests that could have confirmed the presence of a serious condition might go unrequested.
Conversely, an incorrect diagnosis can result in avoidable, invasive treatment not medically necessary. At its worse, a misdiagnosed patient may receive a delayed diagnosis, allowing the disease to progress to such physical disfigurements as amputations or even to the terminal stage.
- Misinterpretation of MRI results, mammograms or x-rays
- Failing to recognize heart attack symptoms
- Unreasonable delay in diagnostic test ordering
- Failing to diagnose bacterial infection or sepsis
- Mishandling, reading or interpreting of specimens
- Negligence in not recommending a C-section
- Misdiagnosis of stroke symptoms, spinal injury, concussions, or traumatic brain injury
Was There Additional Harm?
Misdiagnoses are serious as the patient is often worse off than if they were properly diagnosed from the start—unnecessary medications or procedures can have unwanted side effects while precious time is lost in starting appropriate treatment. It is difficult enough for a patient to confront a major illness; the personal injury resulting from a misdiagnosis can often compound the pain and suffering. For these reasons, delayed or incorrect treatment due to a healthcare professional’s misdiagnosis may be legal grounds for restitution.
We Are There For You
At Egerton Law, each of our attorneys brings decades of experience and know-how to your case. Established in 1956, our firm has built its reputation on the valued idea of bringing families justice in their times of greatest need. We are experts at investigating and presenting your claims for negligent misdiagnosis, allowing you to receive the maximum restitution entitled under the law.
If you believe that you or a family member has been a victim of a misdiagnosis by a healthcare professional, call us. Our attorneys are well-versed in the law pertaining to misdiagnosis and medical malpractice, and we routinely deal with healthcare experts that can aid us in evaluating your case.
Call Our Experienced Medical Misdiagnosis Attorneys for Help
The skilled and compassionate lawyers at Egerton Law will help you recover the damages you legally deserve. We understand you are anxious about your future and want answers to your legal questions. Call us at 1-800-800-4529, and speak directly with a lawyer. Whether we settle your case or go to trial, you won't pay us anything unless you recover damages.
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