Misdiagnosis is an extremely unfortunate type of medical malpractice. A correct diagnosis can result in more rapid and effective treatment for a disease. It can even mean the difference between life and death. When a medical condition is diagnosed improperly, patients can suffer serious harm. If this is what happened to you, be sure to get in contact with a Las Vegas personal injury attorney like the ones at Shook & Stone. We have recovered more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements for clients just like you, so do not hesitate to call our firm today to learn of your right to representation.
Medical errors are preventable. Doctors have a unique responsibility that is unlike the responsibilities of many other occupations. While “to err is human” paints an accurate portrait of mistakes that are common in every industry, a mistake in the medical industry has the ability to adversely affect the health of a patient, or even result in their death. Doctors and other medical practitioners have a “duty of care” which requires them, among many other things, to produce an accurate diagnosis of their patients’ medical conditions. While some conditions are inherently difficult to diagnose, many other cases of misdiagnosis are purely errors that could have been avoided.
Failure to diagnose is slightly different than misdiagnosis, but they both fall into the same basic category of doctor error. While misdiagnosis describes the incorrect diagnosis being made, failure to diagnose describes a lack of a diagnosis altogether. There are many reasons why this might happen. Maybe a patient wasn’t completely honest with their doctor about their symptoms or the doctor failed to conduct the necessary tests that would have easily shown the disease.
When the necessary procedures are not taken, patients suffer. Although the medical industry is heavily regulated, these mistakes still happen. Unfortunately, many hospitals and physicians fail to report these as mistakes as they rightfully should be categorized. If the hospital or doctor in question is failing to admit any fault, but you believe otherwise, then you absolutely have the right to seek a second opinion. For a professional opinion, talk to an experienced Las Vegas medical malpractice attorney from our firm.
There are some medical conditions that are commonly misdiagnosed. This may or may not be a justification for the actions and decisions made by your doctor. Some misdiagnosed diseases (conditions left untreated) are more dangerous and deadly than others.
Heart Attack: Many physicians may wrongfully conclude that the symptoms of a heart attack merely indicate heartburn or a gallbladder infection. Symptoms include chest pain, heavy or rapid breathing, dizziness, sweating and joint pain.
Pneumonia: If left untreated, pneumonia can actually be deadly. Antibiotics are necessary to attack this type of infection, but they may not be prescribed if the doctor misdiagnosis this condition for asthma or a minor lung infection.
Cancer: With no known cure, cancer is often fatal. Despite these statistics, there are many treatments such as holistic treatments and as chemotherapy that can help stave off the spread of the cancer or even eliminate it altogether. When doctors do not stick to cancer screening guides, misdiagnosis can happen.
If you or someone you love has become the victim of a misdiagnosed disease or other medical condition, then you may be able to bring a claim against the physician and hospital in question. Our team of skilled investigators and attorneys use the most extensive and thorough means possible to build a strong case for our clients.
Consultations are absolutely free of charge, so you have nothing to lose by contacting our firm. Call us today to discuss!