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You trust your doctor to find out what’s making you sick and determine the best way to make you feel better. But at a modern hospital, your care doesn’t always come first. Too often, these large corporations care more about efficiency and profit than they do your well-being. This focus on the bottom line can lead to packed waiting rooms and overworked doctors. Instead of giving you the attention you need, your hospital tells your doctor to see as many patients as quickly as they can.
This rush to finish your exam makes it more likely your doctor will make a mistake. Negligent physicians might miss a symptom of a potentially life-threatening illness or confuse what caused that symptom. Their mistake can change your life forever.
If your doctor missed something serious or gave you the wrong diagnosis, you’re not alone. Every year, doctors fail to give millions of patients the correct diagnosis. For many, this leads to painful, potentially fatal complications. If your doctor missed a critical diagnosis, you are a victim of medical malpractice. You have rights. Call us today and let us review your claim. We hold negligent hospitals responsible.
Why Are People Suing?
Misdiagnosis isn’t something you can take lightly. The wrong diagnosis means expensive but ineffective treatments. You might even undergo dangerous procedures until doctors finally discover the true condition. Then, you have to go through treatment all over again. Not only is this expensive, but it’s also potentially dangerous.
Missing a diagnosis means you can go months, or years, without receiving proper treatment. During this time, the disease or condition gets worse. At best, this means years of unnecessary pain and suffering. At worst, a missed diagnosis of a serious condition such as cancer could mean that a treatable condition becomes fatal.
Misdiagnosis and missed diagnosis are both forms of medical malpractice. Your doctor had the responsibility to diagnose and treat you properly. This physician’s mistake cost you your health, time, and energy. A malpractice claim holds doctors accountable for their actions and gives you the resources you need to get your life back on track.
12 Million Americans Are Misdiagnosed Each Year
Misdiagnosis isn’t limited to the hospital setting. According to a study in the journal BMJ Quality & Safety, more than 12 million Americans get the wrong diagnosis. This means 5 percent of all patients receive the wrong diagnosis or have a critical diagnosis missed. While these errors often occur in hospitals, they’re also common in outpatient clinics and doctor offices. A 5 percent error rate might be acceptable in some professions, but not when you’re talking about human lives.
Half of all missed or misdiagnosis cases have the potential to cause severe harm. Due to mistakes made by medical professionals, more than six million people are at risk. Their life-threatening or life-changing conditions, like yours, were preventable.
Why are so many lives needlessly put at risk? The report cited overcrowded waiting rooms as one of the leading causes of misdiagnosis. Physicians are in a hurry to make a diagnosis and treat the patient. They’ll forget to ask important questions, only skim through medical history, and not take the time to listen to the patient. Rushing into a diagnosis means they’re more likely to miss or ignore signs of bigger problems. As a result, there are millions of patients who, like you, are suffering unnecessarily.
Misdiagnosis and Missed Diagnosis Increase Costs and Suffering
When the doctor failed to diagnose your condition, you paid dearly for it. Not only did you receive the treatment you didn’t need, but you didn’t receive the treatment you needed. What could’ve been a routine procedure is now more complicated and dangerous?
Misdiagnosis carries a financial toll in addition to the consequences it takes on your health. First, you’re paying for care you don’t need, and when doctors finally diagnose you properly, you’re expected to pay for that, too.
At Console and Associates, we see this far too often. Pennsylvania protects your rights as a victim of malpractice, but most patients don’t know this. You put your faith in your doctor, and this trusted professional let you down. When we represent you, we hold the people that failed you responsible.
How Much Can I Get?
Settlements vary depending on the severity of the case, actions of the hospital staff, and decisions made by the jury. There’s no way to predict what your case is worth because many jurors are subjective when deciding a case. However, we can review what factors contribute to your case and look at past cases in Pennsylvania and around the country to get an idea for past precedents. We will do our best to estimate what your case is worth so you can move forward with the claims process.
When jurors review a malpractice claim, they take into consideration the past and future costs to the patient. They may award more based on future expenses and suffering or focus on the expenses caused by the hospital. A few of the factors most juries take into consideration include:
- Past Medical Bills: If you paid for treatment you didn’t need, we will l make sure you are compensated.
- Future Medical Care: Recovering from a missed diagnosis or misdiagnosis takes time, energy, and money. We can’t make your symptoms go away, but we’ll make sure you don’t have to pay for further treatment.
- Past Lost Wages: Any income you or your family lost as a result of your medical care is part of the settlement.
- Future Lost Wages: Some patients are unable to work because of their misdiagnosis. If you are unable to continue at your current job (or hold any job), we will add this to your settlement.
- Pain and Suffering: Your claim will take into account any trauma that you experienced as a result of your misdiagnosis.
- Non-Economic Damages: These damages include a variety of factors that compensate for changes in your quality of life, such as changes in the relationship with your spouse, inability to enjoy hobbies and other activities, and other lifestyle factors.
Nothing can make up for what you lost due to medical malpractice. But we can hold the people responsible accountable, and PA law is clear: If a doctor failed to adhere to the standard of care you expected, you deserve compensation.
Disclaimer: Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.
When you talk to the misdiagnosis lawyers at Console and Associates, don’t just tell us about your medical bills and post-treatment expenses. We want to know how the hospital,s negligence affected you personally. You are more than your medical chart and bank account. Your stress, fears, and concerns matter.
These sample cases show how bad medical care impacts daily life. Had the medical staff intervened when they should have, these patients might still be walking, working, and enjoying life today.
Tell us how your case has affected you so we can make sure you receive full compensation for your lifestyle changes and emotional trauma.
Common Questions About Your Misdiagnosis Lawsuit
When clients first call our office, they may be nervous about talking to a lawyer. Between their care and medical bills, they feel powerless and unsure of what to do next. They don’t even know if talking to an attorney is the right choice. (It is.)
We understand where you and other malpractice victims are coming from. We know how difficult this time is for you, so we do everything we can to make speaking to us as easy as possible. Our goal is to create a welcoming environment for you to get answers to your questions.
In the course of helping more than 5,000 clients favorably resolve their claims, we have heard certain questions more often than others. You’ll find answers to those below. If you don’t see the question you want to ask, pick up the phone and give us a call. We’re happy to help you understand PA’s legal process better so that you know your options for pursuing justice.
Know Your Options and Discuss Your Case Today
If you have suffered due to negligent treatment by the hospital or medical staff, contact Console & Associates P.C. today. We offer free consultations, so you don’t have to worry about paying just to talk to an attorney. We can set up a call when you are available or arrange to meet in person if that makes you feel more comfortable.
You shouldn’t feel intimidated by medical terms or the legal process. If you received the wrong diagnosis or weren’t diagnosed until it was too late, then you need an advocate to fight for your rights. We are here to help you and get the compensation you need to cover your future expenses and pay for existing bills that overwhelm you. By taking the first step today, you can start the process to put this traumatic medical experience behind you.
The Different Types of Misdiagnosis
There is a significant difference between a misdiagnosis and a missed diagnosis, which confuses many of our clients at first. Additionally, there are other types of misdiagnosis that our clients experience. If you think you were the victim of a misdiagnosis, but aren’t sure if your case fits these parameters, keep reading to learn about the different types of misdiagnosis out there. You may find that your case fits in one of these subcategories.
Wrong Diagnosis or Misdiagnosis
Misdiagnosis is often called a wrong diagnosis and occurs when a doctor or medical professional look at your symptoms and comes to the wrong conclusion. For example, a doctor might brush off your symptom as a less serious problem, when, in fact, you actually have a serious condition like cancer.
Not only does a wrong diagnosis harm patients because it delays treatment for the actual problem; it also increases their expenses and risks because they pay for and undergo treatment for something they do not need.
If a doctor gives you a clean bill of health when something is actually wrong, then you suffered a missed diagnosis. This often occurs with patients that present symptoms related to anxiety or panic attacks. The medical staff might write off the symptoms as mental reactions to stress when the patient could actually have a serious heart or nervous system problem.
In a delayed diagnosis, the doctor eventually makes the correct diagnosis, but the patient still suffers harm in the time it takes the physician to get it right. During the wait, the patient,s symptoms often get worse, and they may have a harder time recovering because of the late treatment. Delayed diagnosis is common in hospital infections like sepsis, where doctors might not notice symptoms or identify them until they are life-threatening.
Failure to Recognize Complications
When a doctor or medical professional fails to recognize complications, they make the correct diagnosis, but don’t catch any complications that arise with the patient. For example, a patient might have a condition that makes them more prone to infection, turning a routine procedure into a life-threatening experience. This negligence occurs when doctors fail to thoroughly read patient charts and understand their history, though it’s possible to catch mistakes early with high-quality care.
If the medical staff isn’t aware of these complications or can’t identify them early on, then the patient may need additional procedures and their future health and comfort is at risk. This is often expensive and very painful for the patient.
Failure to Diagnose a Related Problem
While a doctor might diagnose the correct problem, they may miss or ignore symptoms of a related issue. For example, some patients develop pneumonia when they catch other illnesses. If the medical staff only treats one condition but not the other, the results could be deadly.
Failure to Diagnose an Unrelated Problem
A situation involving a failure to diagnose can occur even if the doctor correctly diagnosed one problem but failed to diagnose a different, unrelated problem. For example, a doctor might treat a patient for appendicitis but fail to realize that the patient also has stomach ulcers. Without having a medical background, patients can’t be sure what symptoms relate to each other and what symptoms don’t. They must rely on their doctors to identify both related and unrelated issues.
These cases often arise from emergency room visits. Doctors are so focused on resolving one problem that they do not take the time to check or test other, potentially serious issues.
Treating the Symptom but not the Disease
Occasionally, doctors will identify a problem and assume it is the main issue when it is really a symptom of an underlying problem. For example, a patient might complain of a headache, and the doctor might prescribe migraine medication. While the medication might make the headaches go away, the doctor did not treat the brain tumor that may have caused the headaches. This type of misdiagnosis is also referred to as failing to diagnose an underlying disease.
Many of these errors are simply the result of negligence. Had the medical staff carefully considered the patient,s condition and offered the care the patient deserved, the risk of developing complications or missing a diagnosis would decrease significantly. Your medical records document the steps your doctor took to diagnose and treat you. Having a medical malpractice lawyer review these records can help you, better understand if you were the victim of misdiagnosis.
If You Suspect Misdiagnosis
If you think the doctors and medical staff have misdiagnosed you or missed diagnosis, seek a second or third medical opinion. One doctor might come to one conclusion, but another doctor could see your case in a completely new light — especially if that first doctor,s actions were negligent. Bring all paperwork and test results with you when you see your doctors so that they can understand your treatment history and medical needs. If you are having trouble getting the help you need or if the treatments you’re undergoing now could have been avoided with a prompt and accurate diagnosis, it’s time to get a medical malpractice attorney involved.
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