Misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis…either one can result in serious medical problems. In the worst cases, this form of medical malpractice can actually deprive someone of their life. Wrong diagnosis…Wrong treatment…When life goes wrong, we fight for what is right. Our experienced medical misdiagnosis lawyers will be your advocate when you face the consequences of a misdiagnosis. Call (803) 454-1200 or use our online contact form.
According to The American Journal of Medicine, 15 percent of all medical cases in developed countries are misdiagnosed. Millions of patients worldwide are being treated for the wrong conditions every year. A Mayo Clinic study found that 26 percent of cases were misdiagnosed while, according to The Journal of Clinical Oncology, up to a startling 44 percent of some types of cancer are misdiagnosed.
We all know that it takes many years of advanced education to become a physician. Technology has brought us diagnostic equipment and tests that would boggle the minds of our ancestors. So why can’t we get a correct diagnosis and appropriate treatment?
Whatever the cause, a misdiagnosis can lead to a delay in the condition’s being properly treated, and this may lead to serious consequences and even death.
Diagnostic errors usually fall into one of the following categories:
Tragically, one of the most frequently missed and delayed diagnoses is that of cancer. Pulmonary embolism, drug reactions, acute coronary syndrome and stroke are also among the most frequent serious consequences of misdiagnosis. Emergency room misdiagnoses are likely to result in harm to the patient. For instance, appendicitis is the most common condition requiring emergency surgery in children; and yet, appendicitis is misdiagnosed in 28% to 57% of children under the age of 12 and in close to 100% of infants, according to Healthgrades, Inc.
The law does not hold doctors legally liable for all diagnostic errors, but in some cases a malpractice lawsuit will provide some compensation for injuries caused by medical mistakes.
To be found negligent, a doctor or other medical professional must have deviated from the accepted standard of care. Not every instance of misdiagnosis results from incompetence or negligence. The key is to evaluate what the doctor did and did not do and determine whether another doctor in a similar specialty, under similar circumstances, would have arrived at the same diagnosis.
If a doctor told you that you have a condition or illness that you do not have, you may be able to show that it caused harmful anxiety and stress, and that the misdiagnosis led to the expense of unnecessary treatment.
During our many decades of experience in South Carolina personal injury matters, we have helped numerous clients who suffered from medical malpractice, including misdiagnosis. While every case is different and the outcome cannot be guaranteed, some of the results we have obtained in medical malpractice cases are listed below:
If you find yourself in a situation where you may have been harmed by a medical misdiagnosis, contact a wrong diagnosis lawyer at the Louthian Law Firm today so that we can start the journey to justice right away. Once you do, we’ll be on the case, around the clock. There’s no reason not to call, as the initial consultation is free. (803) 454-1200 – Call now.