One common form of medical malpractice is misdiagnosis. Since most of us have not attended medical school, we trust the physicians we consult to have our backs. We depend on them to diagnose and treat not only the physical ailments we complain about, but those we don’t have the knowledge, equipment or expertise to notice. As long as we have regular medical check-ups, we have been programmed to assume that our doctors will pick up abnormalities during physical examinations and irregularities in our blood work during routine testing. We presume specialists in various disciplines are adept at noticing early signs of disease or dysfunction that we have not been trained to detect.
Unfortunately, not all doctors are as attentive, focused, or precise as we would like them to be. While all human beings, including physicians, make mistakes, in cases where doctors are truly negligent they violate their oath to “First, do no harm.” If you have suffered injury or advancing disease as a result of a medical misdiagnosis, or if you have lost a loved one to wrongful death, you need a first-rate medical malpractice attorney in your corner to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
Common Types of Medical Misdiagnosis
Medical misdiagnoses can take place in any medical facility, including a doctor’s office, an urgent care center, an outpatient surgical center, or a hospital operating or emergency room. Common types of medical misdiagnosis include:
- Misdiagnosis of cancer — of the skin, mouth, gastrointestinal tract, breast or any other body part
- Misdiagnosis of cardiac or breathing conditions
- Misdiagnosis of infant or pediatric conditions
- Misdiagnosis of complications during the birthing process
- Misdiagnosis of post-surgical infections
- Misdiagnosis of muscular, orthopedic or neurological disorders
Whether you have brought a symptom or lesion to a doctor’s attention and your concern has been dismissed, or you have had thorough check-ups during which your physician missed clear signs of disease or dysfunction, if you suffer serious illness or incapacity as a result you may be considered a victim of malpractice. In many cases, misdiagnosis of an illness, such as cancer, at an early stage, may allow the disease to progress to a point where treatment is less effective, or the disease is incurable.
At Advocate Law Firm we understand the serious emotional repercussions in such situations and the sense of betrayal you are probably experiencing. We are dedicated to ensuring that you receive fair and substantial compensation for your pain and suffering, medical and rehabilitation fees, lost wages, lost future earnings and any other health-related costs.
Our Special Services
It is often difficult to prove medical malpractice where misdiagnosis is involved. At Advocate Law Firm we work in close collaboration with medical experts who can give objective supporting evidence of our claims. We also use advanced devices, including computer simulations and accurate anatomical illustrations to help juries visualize the precise medical issues involved. We also have the legal knowledge and skill to engage in well-crafted negotiations and any necessary litigation. When you consult with Advocate Law Firm, you are putting yourself in the hands of experts with a track record of medical malpractice success. Don’t hesitate to call on us for competent and compassionate assistance.
There is no fee for our services unless we win your case.