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Florida Medical Malpractice Claims for the “Big Three” in Misdiagnosis


A misdiagnosis by a Florida health care provider can lead to disastrous consequences for the patient, but there are certain types of diagnosis mistakes that are more prevalent and devastating than others. Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine refer to these scenarios as the “Big 3” for purposes of misdiagnosis. Diagnostic errors are already the most common types of medical malpractice, but the implications are worse for patients with these three conditions. They lead to the most catastrophic harm and associated losses, and are more likely to lead to death, serious injuries, and permanent disability.

If you or a loved one was affected by one of the Big 3 diagnosis mistakes described below, you should discuss your legal remedies with a Florida misdiagnosis attorney right away. Some background information will help you understand your options. 

The Big Three Misdiagnosed Medical Conditions:  

The three ailments that made the list include:

  1. Cancers: More than 37 percent of cancers are misdiagnosed, often through a failure to detect, delays in diagnosis, or false-positives.
  2. Vascular Events: Health care providers make diagnosis errors in 22.8 percent of medical conditions affecting the arteries and veins, including deep vein thrombosis and embolisms.
  3. Infections: Physicians make diagnostic mistakes in more than 13 percent of all patients with viral, bacterial, and other infections.

When misdiagnosed, these conditions can lead to a range of complications, such as heart attack, aortic aneurysm, meningitis, sepsis and septic shock, pneumonia, and many other life-threatening issues. With delays and the failure to detect cancer, the biggest problem is not getting the patient on a plan of care as soon as possible. Particularly aggressive forms of the disease can quickly become terminal without proper treatment. Many other cancer misdiagnosis cases are related to false-positives, which are extremely traumatic for patients who receive dangerous treatment they do not need. 

Seeking Compensation for Misdiagnosis Claims: Errors in diagnosing a medical condition are a type of medical malpractice action in which you can recover monetary damages for your losses. You need to prove that your health care provider departed from the medically accepted standard of care that applied to your situation, and that you suffered harm as a result. The measurement is what a hypothetical physician, in the same specialty area, would have done in the same situation. In a diagnostic error claim, you may be able to obtain compensation for:

  • Medical care to treat the issues you sustained because of the misdiagnosis;
  • Lost income, if you were not able to work because of your injuries;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Emotional turmoil;
  • Losses associated with your personal relationships; and,
  • Many others.

Trust Our Florida Misdiagnosis and Medical Malpractice Lawyer to Protect Your Rights 

For more information about your legal options after a Big 3 misdiagnosis, please contact the Miami medical malpractice attorneys at Freidin Brown, P.A. to set up a no-cost case evaluation at our offices. Our firm focuses on medical malpractice cases, including diagnosis errors, so we are prepared to pursue all available remedies. Once we learn more about your circumstances, we can advise you on how to proceed.




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