By David Austin
One of the most important and unfortunately common problems in American medicine nowadays is what is recognized as misdiagnosis. This occurs when a doctor does not diagnose or incorrectly diagnoses a patient’s medical status. Rarely is this intentional nonetheless, a misdiagnosis that happens because of a doctor’s negligence is thought of as medical malpractice.
Victims of medical malpractice misdiagnosis have the right to take legal action against the negligent party(s) to recover damages for:
* Medical expenses linked to the misdiagnosis
* Mental anguish
* Lost wages – past, present, and future
There are times when death is the result of this form of malpractice. In these cases the victim’s family may be eligible to be compensated for damages. However, misdiagnosis cases must be filed within a certain time period. The legal deadline varies from state-to-state but they are always enforced. A medical lawyer will be aware of these laws so as soon as you think you became victim of diagnosis error, contact a lawyer.
Medical Malpractice Misdiagnosis Statistics
Regardless of the improvements of modern medicine, physicians still misdiagnose their patients at an unbelievable rate. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, the rate of misdiagnoses in our country has not showed significant improvement since the 1930s. One report in a 2006 New York Times article calculated that about 20% of every diagnosis involving a deadly illness is wrongly diagnosed. In truth, diagnosis mistakes frequently involves deadly conditions like:
* Breast, colon, lung and cervical cancer
* Heart attack, stroke and blood clots
* Meningitis and other severe infections
Other statistics have suggested that 12% of cancer cases and 22-40% of emergency room/intensive care cases involve a misdiagnosis.
When Medical Malpractice Misdiagnosis Occurs
A error in diagnosing may occur when a medical doctor:
* Misdiagnoses a benign tumor as malignant or vice-versa
* Does not screen for a condition a medical patient is at high risk for developing
* Does not carry out the necessary testing or does not refer a patient to a specialist
* Misinterprets lab tests
* Mishandles lab specimens or cuts corners
* Does not to listen to the patient
These situations can result in medical problems for a patient that range from minor to severe even permanent disabilities. There have been times when a doctor has treated a patient for a condition they do not have. There are even times when treatment is not given to a patient when they very much need it. These situations, unfortunately, often result in death.
Contact a Medical Attorney about Malpractice Cases Involving Diagnostic Errors
There are attorneys that have many years of combined experience handling complex medical malpractice cases all over the United States. If you suspect you have a medical malpractice misdiagnosis case, speak with an experienced attorney for a claim evaluation today. They will assess your case at no charge to determine if you have an eligible lawsuit.
The above information is general information only. If you have any questions whatsoever, talk with a lawyer licensed in your state.