Misdiagnosis Of Threatening Disease
When our doctors deliver the news about a threatening disease, we trust that what they’re saying is true. If you’ve ever had to wait on potentially devastating test results, you know just how frightening that phone call can be. Your mind could be racing with possibilities. You could dodge a bullet or take a path to fight a disease with everything you’ve got. No matter what the results are, we can, at the very least, expect them to be accurate. Being misdiagnosed with a threatening disease or having a delayed or inaccurate diagnosis can be very damaging to patients. If you’ve been misdiagnosed with a threatening disease and it has caused you harm or suffering, you need to speak with a personal injury lawyer who has proven medical malpractice case experience as soon as possible about your case.
While a misdiagnosis is certainly something that can happen, especially in particularly challenging medical cases, it should never be caused by negligence. Sometimes, diseases and illnesses can be difficult to diagnose, but that’s no excuse for blatant negligence. If you’ve been misdiagnosed with a threatening illness, it may be necessary to have a comprehensive investigation conducted to determine if negligence played a part. Listed below are the elements of a malpractice or negligence caused misdiagnosis.
Elements of Misdiagnosis Due to Malpractice
- There is a doctor-patient relationship.
- A person is injured or suffers due to misdiagnosis.
- The doctor was negligent.
- The negligence and misdiagnosis caused the patient harm or suffering.
Delayed Diagnosis or Misdiagnosis Causes Extensive Medical Bills
Getting misdiagnosed or having a delay in the diagnosis of a threatening illness is expensive. Whether you’re receiving painful, unnecessary and expensive treatments or you’ve become very ill due to a delay in a diagnosis, the medical bills can add up quickly. It doesn’t take long to accrue thousands of dollars in medical bills. If medical negligence contributed to or caused the misdiagnosis, you may be entitled to compensation to cover damages.
Not surprisingly, medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Medical errors are 100 percent preventable. When malpractice, negligence or errors in a medical setting cause death, patient’s family members may be entitled to compensation to cover expenses associated with the death. If you lost a loved one due to suspected medical negligence, you need to contact a lawyer immediately. Delayed Diagnosis
Equally as frightening as a misdiagnosis of a threatening disease is a delayed diagnosis. Where many dangerous illnesses and diseases are concerned, treatments are time sensitive. The sooner a correct diagnosis is made, the swifter treatment can begin. The patient will spend less time deteriorating from the disease and be able to being recovery more swiftly. In some cases, a delayed diagnosis is a death sentence. In the healthcare industry, the stakes are high, especially when you’re dealing with diseases and illnesses like cancer that could be life threatening or terminal if not caught early enough.
A Reasonable Duty of Care for Patients
At the end of the day, doctors and other medical professionals owe their patients a reasonable duty of care. At the very least, care shouldn’t be dangerous or negligent. We should all have confidence that our healthcare providers are doing their jobs safely and effectively. If they’re not, you may need to speak with a lawyer who has malpractice case experience. It can take months or even years to conduct a full investigation to get to the bottom of what happened in your particular case. It’s important that no stone is left unturned. Patient care and safety need to be top priorities for hospitals and healthcare settings. If they’re not, patients’ lives and health are in great danger.
After any kind of misdiagnosis or delay in diagnosis that contributes to harm, injury or the death of a loved one, it’s critical to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your claim. A lawyer can be your advocate and fight to get you the compensation you deserve to cover unnecessary medical bills and other expenses associated with the malpractice.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one due to a misdiagnosis of a threatening disease by a doctor in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact the skilled and proven Personal Injury team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for a free case consultation today.
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