Sometimes a medical mistake causes incorrect treatment, delayed treatment, or no treatment at all. Cancer, heart attacks, stroke, infections, and injuries are just a few examples of commonly misdiagnosed conditions. Sometimes the results of X-rays, MRIs, bloodwork, and other diagnostic tests are interpreted incorrectly. In other situations, a patient’s symptoms are not properly identified as evidence of a medical condition, illness, or disease.
In those cases when a health care provider takes too long or fails to correctly diagnose a patient, the condition can worsen or lead to additional health complications. The most serious situations can result in the patient’s death. Even in non-fatal cases, the negative impact of a missed or delayed diagnosis can be emotional and financial. Patients can suffer from anxiety, experience side effects from unnecessary treatment, and face costs for medical tests and visits to the doctor or hospital that could have been avoided.
If you have a serious illness or condition you believe could have been prevented or successfully treated, but wasn’t, a medical misdiagnosis could be to blame. Like other types of medical malpractice cases, those related to improper care from misdiagnosis can be complicated. Our attorneys have the experience and compassion to help you understand your rights to compensation when negligence at any step in your care is at fault.