When a Misdiagnosis Results in Injury or Death
Doctors are highly experienced professionals who are trained to evaluate numerous factors when considering a diagnosis and treatment plan. Across the country and throughout the state of Florida, residents rely upon medical doctors and health care professionals to diagnose and treat a variety of benign and serious medical conditions and diseases. In some cases, the prompt and correct diagnosis of certain medical problems and diseases has been credited with saving an individual from suffering additional injury, harm and even death.
In cases where a doctor fails to diagnose or misdiagnoses a patient’s condition, an individual may suffer adverse health effects that impact the quality and duration of one’s life. Individuals who believe their health or that of a loved one was negatively impacted due to a medical error involving a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis would be wise to seek legal advice.
Even seemingly obvious cases of medical malpractice involving misdiagnosis errors can be difficult to prove. Such cases are often complex and are further complicated by state medical malpractice laws, statutes of limitations and previous case law decisions. Additionally, defense lawyers in medical malpractice lawsuits often call upon expert witnesses to refute otherwise valid claims of negligence and wrongdoing.
In addition to other cases of medical malpractice including birth injuries, surgical errors and medication errors; those involving failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis can have a devastating impact on one’s health. For example, a doctor’s cancer misdiagnosis could result in cancerous cells metastasizing thereby decreasing the likelihood that treatment would be successful.
Source: FindLaw.com, “Failed/Erroneous Diagnosis and Treatment,” March 9, 2015