Medical misdiagnosis is a common medical mistake involving misinterpreting a patient’s symptoms and failure to diagnose a medical condition. This is a major concern across the U.S. because an early or prompt diagnosis could prevent serious injury. In turn, it could mean the difference between life and death.
In the case of cancer, for instance, accurate and early diagnosis is key to making the best choice concerning diagnostic testing and treatment. In turn, the wrong diagnosis can lead to the patient receiving incorrect treatment that either doesn’t help their condition or makes it worse.
Even so, diagnostic errors do happen. Therefore, if you’ve been injured as a result of a medical misdiagnosis, and you believe that it is because your doctor didn’t fully recognize your symptoms or adhere to warning signs, you need to know your legal options moving forward. The personal injury lawyers at the Harman Law Firm understand the complexities involved in medical misdiagnosis and malpractice claims and lawsuits. We have the resources you need to thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your injury, and we will fight for truth, justice and the right compensation if you’ve been harmed by negligence.
For a free consultation to discuss your injuries, call the Harman Law Firm today.
Conditions Associated With Medical Misdiagnosis
While diagnostic errors and medical misdiagnosis can happen in the event that patients have a rare disease or a disease which presents non-specifically, there are instances where patients are misdiagnosed due to negligence or carelessness. The following conditions are commonly misdiagnosed:
- Cancer (specifically lymphoma, breast cancer, sarcoma and melanoma)
- Heart attack (especially in women, whose symptoms are not as easily recognizable)
- Depression (can be confused with other mental health conditions due to vague and overlapping symptoms)
- Celiac disease (can be misdiagnosed as Irritable Bowel Syndrome because some people do not exhibit the classic outward symptoms noted with Celiac Disease)
- Stroke (symptoms can mirror those of vertigo, migraine headaches or intoxication)
- Lyme disease (requires prolonged testing to gain an accurate diagnosis)
- Fibromyalgia (commonly misdiagnosed for Rheumatoid Arthritis or Lupus due to widespread nature of symptoms)
- Thyroid disease (due to mild nature of symptoms, thyroid disease may be mistaken for depression)
- Aortic dissection (includes dozens of symptoms, often confusing medical professionals)
Misdiagnosis of medical conditions may cause inconvenience and multiple doctor visits, or it can cause severe injury or death. When it comes to errors associated with medical misdiagnosis resulting in injury or death, victims and families should not be responsible for damages.
If you or someone you love has suffered serious injury or death and you suspect that it is due to medical misdiagnosis, you can rely on the experienced team at the Harman Law Firm to navigate you through the complex issues involved in these cases. Our legal team is dedicated to helping victims and families understand their legal rights. If you have a case, our goal is to seek justice and the right compensation on your behalf.
Contact the Harman Law Firm today for a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your potential claim.