When an injury or illness occurs, we put our trust in medical professionals. We believe they will do what is best for us and make a proper diagnosis to get our health back on track. But, unfortunately, anyone can make mistakes, and an improper diagnosis by your doctor can have catastrophic and lasting results.
If you believe that your doctor could have done something differently to prevent an unfortunate outcome during your medical treatment, you may be able to secure compensation. Schedule a free consultation with one of our misdiagnosis attorneys in Boca Raton at the Eltringham Law Group to find out more.
What Are the Consequences of a Misdiagnosis?
When doctors overlook symptoms or misread test results, they may fail to provide a timely and accurate medical diagnosis. This can lead to potentially devastating consequences from delayed or inappropriate treatment.
A misdiagnosis could result in:
- Physical pain: A condition that is left untreated could result in needless pain and suffering.
- Emotional trauma: If your doctor mistakenly tells you that you have a life-threatening disease, you may experience heightened anxiety and distress.
- Longer recovery time: Delayed treatment might result in a longer recovery and lost wages because of extra time off work.
- Disease progression: An illness that is allowed to progress untreated is often harder to cure.
- Unnecessary side effects: If your doctor prescribes medications that you don’t need, they are exposing you to potentially dangerous side effects for no reason.
- Unwarranted surgeries: Surgery has inherent risks like anesthesia complications, infections, nerve damage, or blood clots.
- Needless medical expenses: You might pay more than you need to for doctor bills, medications, and therapy if your healthcare team is not treating your illness correctly.
- Wrongful death: In extreme cases, a misdiagnosis could result in a fatality. If you lost a family member because of a medical misdiagnosis, you might have a claim for a wrongful death suit.
Can I Sue for Misdiagnosis in Boca Raton?
Misdiagnosis is a form of medical malpractice, and you have the right to sue a health care professional in a Boca Raton civil court if you believe their error caused you harm. In addition, you may receive a cash settlement offer or court-ordered financial compensation from the at-fault party through a lawsuit.
However, not every misdiagnosis by a medical professional constitutes medical malpractice. For example, negligence can sometimes lead to a misdiagnosis that doesn’t have any lasting repercussions. In other cases, a skilled doctor using reasonable judgment might still make an unavoidable mistake.
Each situation is unique and requires a thorough analysis of the facts before determining whether you should pursue a legal case. Our Boca Raton misdiagnosis lawyers have the experience to do just that.
How Do You Prove Medical Misdiagnosis?
Determining that a doctor or other healthcare provider has misdiagnosed or failed to diagnose a condition that led to serious injury, illness, or death can be difficult at best. You must be able to prove the following:
- There was a doctor-patient relationship: Medical providers have a duty of care to their patients, and you must demonstrate that your doctor was treating you in this capacity. You can establish this relationship through invoices and other official records.
- Breach of duty: A more challenging standard to meet is proving that the healthcare professional’s actions did not meet a standard minimum level of care. In other words, you will need to make the case that another doctor exercising reasonable judgment would have made the correct diagnosis.
- Causation: You will need to demonstrate that the diagnosis failure led to the subsequent harm, and you would not have sustained your losses if the diagnosis had been accurate.
What to Expect From Your Boca Raton Misdiagnosis Attorney
When you choose the Eltringham Law Group’s misdiagnosis lawyers in Boca Raton to represent you following a medical misdiagnosis, here is what you can expect:
- Free consultations: We offer free consultations so that you can get all your questions answered and can spend time talking directly with an experienced attorney about your rights and expected outcomes.
- Legal representation: Leave all the work to us. We will contact doctors, hospitals, witnesses, insurance providers, police, attorneys, and anyone else necessary to settle your claim.
- Top-notch investigation: We will thoroughly investigate and build a solid case so that you are more likely to be awarded additional compensation from insurance companies or other parties.
- Less stress: Whether you are still recovering from injuries or dealing with the stress and anxiety, now is the time to focus on your own needs while you leave the details of your case in the hands of experienced attorneys that will get the job done right.
- No risk: We work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you don’t need to lay out any money upfront to have our injury attorneys work on your case. We don’t get paid unless we recover a financial settlement or jury award for you.
For more information about medical malpractice resulting from a failure to diagnose or a misdiagnosis, or to schedule your free consultation, call us today at (561) 338-0420 or fill out our online contact form.
Common Legal Questions About Misdiagnosis
Is Misdiagnosis a Form of Medical Malpractice?
Any misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or failure to diagnose can be considered a form of medical malpractice. Therefore, you can file a medical malpractice claim if the misdiagnosis causes severe injury, illness, or death.
However, not all situations involving a faulty diagnosis can be considered medical malpractice. Each case is unique and should be reviewed by an experienced personal injury attorney.
How Do I Know if the Doctor Made a Mistake With a Misdiagnosis?
Proving medical malpractice or misdiagnosis requires the experience of a personal injury attorney who can determine whether your case is suitable for a lawsuit.
It can also be difficult to prove if your injury resulted from the misdiagnosis or just part of your illness, disease, or surgery. The only way to know for sure is to call our offices to review your situation with one of our attorneys at no cost to you.
With prompt action, we can minimize the adverse effects that you experience because of the error. By bringing attention to the matter, we can also seek to protect others from suffering the same injury at the hands of an irresponsible health care professional. Additionally, the longer you wait, the harder it will be to prove your case. Do not hesitate to call us to review your case at no cost to you.
How Long Do I Have to File a Misdiagnosis Claim?
With prompt action, we can minimize the adverse effects that you experience because of the error. By bringing attention to the matter, we can also seek to protect others from suffering the same injury at the hands of an irresponsible health care professional.
Additionally, the longer you wait, the harder it will be to prove your case. Do not hesitate to call us to review your case at no cost to you.
How Do I Know if I Have a Viable Misdiagnosis Case?