Missed Diagnosis Lawsuits
Although minor medical conditions can go away with time, more serious ailments and diseases can worsen with time. Due to the time-sensitive nature of serious conditions, it is imperative that your doctor diagnose your condition quickly and accurately. If your medical condition worsened because your doctor did not make a timely or accurate diagnosis, you may have a medical malpractice claim.
These cases are best evaluated by seasoned medical malpractice professionals. Contact the Chicago medical malpractice attorneys at Power Rogers & Smith!
Who is to blame for diagnostic errors?
Plenty of people dislike doctor’s appointments. Whether for personal, social, or financial reasons, many skip out on appointments, even if they notice something is awry. Some physicians contend that, because their patient didn’t come forward sooner, the patient is to blame for the missed diagnosis and worsened health, but is this true? How much responsibility do both the patient and physician bear in these cases? Unfortunately, the answer to these types of questions is far from black and white. For further reading on this topic, visit Are Patients in Part to Blame When Doctors Miss the Diagnosis? in The New York Times.
If someone has told you that a missed diagnosis is your fault, we encourage you to contact the Chicago medical malpractice lawyers at Power Rogers & Smith for a second opinion today for free.
Most Commonly Misdiagnosed Conditions
Because some conditions are more difficult to diagnose than others, there are a few conditions that stand out as the most commonly misdiagnosed. The below list has been compiled from sources such as CNN and AARP.
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Celiac disease
- Lyme disease
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
Diagnosis of Elimination
Some conditions have no direct test to prove their existence, which is why these types of conditions can be so difficult to diagnose. Doctors in these situations have to use the process of elimination to make a diagnosis, which often takes longer than, say, an imaging test like a CT scan. Doctors, in any of these situations, must do their due diligence to provide the best treatment possible for the health of the patient. If it is determined that your doctor’s failure to make a proper diagnosis caused your condition to worsen, you may have a medical malpractice case.
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Diagnostic errors are serious, but providing them can be difficult. You need an experienced professional in your corner, advocating on your behalf in these types of medical malpractice cases. Power Rogers & Smith has recovered more than $4 billion in verdicts and settlements for its clients. When choosing a firm to handle your case, choose a firm that gets results. Call us today for a free case evaluation.