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One of the most common and dangerous types of medical malpractice is misdiagnosis of an illness because it prevents patients from being treated, leading to severe injuries and possibly death.
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If you or a loved one was a victim of misdiagnosis, contact the misdiagnosis lawyers at Janet, Janet & Suggs. Backed by a strong record of securing multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts, we represent medical malpractice victims from all over the country. We also charge no upfront fees or attorney’s fees unless you recover a favorable settlement or jury verdict.
Misdiagnosis refers to situations where doctors or other medical professionals fail to diagnose a patient’s existing illness or diagnose the patient with a disease or condition he or she does not have.
Some of the most commonly misdiagnosed diseases include:
- Autoimmune diseases
- Blood clots in legs or lungs
- Celiac disease
- Heart attack
- Infections; sepsis
- Lyme disease
- Thyroid disease
There are many reasons why medical professionals misdiagnose illnesses, including:
- Failing to follow up with patients after diagnostic testing
- Failing to order testing that may have revealed a disease
- Discharging patients too quickly
- Delaying treatment of a medical condition
- Losing test results
- Poor or incorrect analysis of blood work
- Taking too long to review medical test results
- Using defective instruments for testing
- Failing to include the correct diagnosis on a differential diagnosis list, and/or failing to evaluate the viability of possible diagnoses identified
- Failing to diagnose a disease often related to another disease you have
- Not recommending that patients follow up with specialists
If a doctor failed to diagnose your illness or a loved one’s illness, you may have legal recourse. Our misdiagnosis lawyers will review your claim in a free consultation and explain your options.
Common Types of Misdiagnosis
Not all instances of medical misdiagnosis will affect the health of a patient. In some cases, a condition or ailment will run its course and the patient will heal without any adverse effects, making the misdiagnosis irrelevant. However, when a medical professional diagnoses a patient with a condition or illness that’s incorrect, the resulting treatment (or lack of treatment) can be debilitating—or even fatal.
Some of the misdiagnosed conditions that can be dangerous to a patient’s safety and health include:
- Heart attack. Although this is a medical emergency, its symptoms can be mistaken for indigestion, panic attack, or a musculoskeletal issue..
- Cancer. A patient whose cancer is not diagnosed or misdiagnosed and not treated in a timely manner can suffer fatal consequences as a result of negligence. Alternatively, If a physician incorrectly diagnoses a patient with cancer, they may end up enduring unnecessary radiation and chemotherapy, which is severe and painful and may even cause or worsen other health conditions.
- Stroke. It’s not uncommon for this medical emergency to be confused for a migraine or other non-fatal issue, especially in younger patients.
- Asthma. Because the symptoms are similar, asthma can be misdiagnosed as recurring bronchitis.
- Staph infection. For some patients, this has been misdiagnosed as the common flu.
- Lymph node inflammation. In some cases, this condition may be mistaken for appendicitis.
Filing a Misdiagnosis Claim
Medical misdiagnosis lawsuits tend to be very complex, especially when it comes to proving medical negligence against a doctor or hospital. That’s because doctors are not always held legally responsible for their errors in diagnosis.
It’s critical to understand that even if a serious disease or medical condition is misdiagnosed, you do not have a legitimate legal claim unless you and your misdiagnosis lawyer can prove the following:
- You and your doctor had a doctor-patient relationship: This means you agreed to be treated and your doctor agreed to provide treatment. This relationship establishes a duty of care obligating the doctor to provide treatment that fits within accepted standards in the medical community.
- The doctor was negligent: This occurs when a doctor breaches the duty of care or fails to act the way another physician would if he or she were in a similar situation. In this context, this usually means the doctor was careless at some point during the process of diagnosing your illness.
- You suffered injuries as a result of the doctor’s negligence: This means your injuries were directly caused by the doctor’s failure to correctly diagnose your illness. This failure may result in unnecessary exposure to risky treatments (such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy), an unnecessary surgery, an increased risk for complications, and a higher risk of death.
Regardless of the specifics of your case, you need an experienced misdiagnosis lawyer to maximize your chance at recovering fair compensation. The legal/medical team at Janet, Janet & Suggs has secured multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements in cases involving misdiagnosis of lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and other forms of cancer.
Contact Our Misdiagnosis Lawyers Today
For over 40 years, the legal/medical team of Janet, Janet & Suggs has been firmly committed to holding negligent medical professionals accountable for the harm they have caused. Our attorneys have successfully represented victims of medical malpractice in multiple states across the U.S.
By filing a legal claim, our misdiagnosis lawyers will seek to recover compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, physical therapy, and other damages.
Most states limit the amount of time you have to file a legal claim for misdiagnosis. Contact our attorneys today if you think you or a loved one may be a victim of medical misdiagnosis. The consultation is free, and we collect no fees unless your case is won.