Health care professionals commit medical malpractice when they fail to follow the basic rules of patient safety. When doctors treat patients, they must conduct a proper physical exam, collect a thorough patient history, and order appropriate imaging and diagnostic studies. When doctors fail to perform one or more of these essential tasks, they may misdiagnose a serious medical condition.
A misdiagnosis can cause devastating consequences. Your life expectancy might be cut in half. You may have to undergo expensive medical treatment for the rest of your life. Your life may never be the same. According to a research study performed by Johns Hopkins University, an estimated 80,000 – 160,000 patients needlessly die every year due to diagnosis errors that should have been prevented.
If you are suffering from a serious medical condition that could have been avoided if the doctor properly diagnosed your symptoms, you should contact an Atlanta misdiagnosis lawyer. Georgia law authorizes medical malpractice victims to recover compensation from careless medical providers that harmed them.
Medical malpractice cases are difficult to put together, extraordinarily expensive, and they always feature more resources available to the defense. In order to successfully resolve a misdiagnosis injury claim, you will need to hire an experienced, tenacious attorney with a wealth of knowledge and resources. Our misdiagnosis lawyers have recovered tens of millions of dollars for medical malpractice victims.
Do not hesitate to contact Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC to speak with an Atlanta medical malpractice lawyer. To schedule a free initial evaluation of your case, contact us today at (404) 419-6674.
What Causes Misdiagnosis
It’s often difficult to determine whether you are a medical misdiagnosis victim. Some diseases or conditions are challenging to identify, even with the latest cutting-edge imaging technology. Paradoxically, as medical technology improves, diagnoses become more complex which can lead to even more medical misdiagnoses.
Some common causes of medical misdiagnoses include:
- Medical professionals failing to perform necessary tests or screenings
- Physicians making errors when interpreting or reporting test results
- Health care workers failing to properly identify the cause of symptoms that a patient presents
- Doctors delaying necessary treatment or providing harmful medical treatment.
If you have any reason to believe that your medical condition has been misdiagnosed, you should contact our legal team at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC.
Common Conditions are Frequently Misdiagnosed
Many life-threatening medical conditions are misdiagnosed. In fact, a recent study conducted by the Washington Post revealed that 20 percent of patients with serious medical conditions are initially misdiagnosed. Some of the common medical conditions that are misdiagnosed include:
- All types of cancer
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Lyme Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Heart attack
- Depression or anxiety conditions
How Can I Help Prevent a Medical Misdiagnosis?
The insurance companies that represent the medical provider that harmed you will always try to assign blame to you. For instance, they might argue that you didn’t give your doctor enough information to properly diagnose you if you forgot to bring your prior medical records to your appointment.
Don’t let the insurance company add insult to your injuries. Below are three simple steps that you can take to reduce the risk that you will be a medical misdiagnosis victim.
- Prior to visiting a doctor for the first time, you should contact the physicians’ offices that have treated you in the past year and request that they fax a copy of your complete medical records and mail your imaging films to your new doctor. The more information that the physician has about your medical history, the less likely it is that the physician will misdiagnose you.
- You should write down a list of 5-10 burning questions that you would like the doctor to answer during your appointment. Doctors are often only able to meet with us for a few minutes before moving on to another patient. You may feel rushed for time and forget to ask an important question if you haven’t written it down.
- If possible, you should always bring a friend or relative to your appointment. In addition to providing moral support to you, your companion may have a list of important questions for the doctor that you may have not even considered.
How a Medical Misdiagnosis Lawyer Can Help
When you are suffering from a life-threatening illness, you probably don’t feel like getting out of bed, let alone leaving the house. You may also feel that there is nothing that can be done to undue the damage that the physician caused. That sentiment is understandable. But, it’s also wrong.
Your medical illness doesn’t just impact you, it harms your family. You may have been the breadwinner in your home and you can never work again. Your medical bills may be so expensive that your family has to file bankruptcy and go on Medicaid and food stamps. Your family has a right to be made whole by the physician that harmed you, just like you do.
Our office has decades of experience helping victims and their families rebuild their lives in the wake of medical malpractice. We will help you fight to recover the following damages if a medical provider committed malpractice by failing to diagnose your illness.
- Past medical bills
- Expenses for future medical needs
- Lost wages due to illness
- Diminished earning capacity
- Compensation for pain and suffering
- Wrongful death compensation if a loved one passed away due to misdiagnosis
Our misdiagnosis lawyers have successfully represented many clients after a doctor harmed them by failing to follow the basic rules of patient safety. We are ready and willing to help you, as well.
Contact Our Misdiagnosis Lawyers for Help Today
There is a two-year statute of limitations in Georgia to file a medical malpractice claim. Although there are some exceptions to that rule, the sooner you act, the better. Medical malpractice cases require a tremendous amount of time and expense to achieve success. Your attorney will need months of time to order all of your medical records, review them, hire an expert and identify the medical providers that are responsible for your losses.
At Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC, we strongly advise you to call your attorney as soon as possible if you or a loved has been harmed due to medical negligence.
To schedule a free case consultation with one of our medical misdiagnosis lawyers, contact us today at (404) 419-6674.