Experienced North Carolina Lawyers For Your Misdiagnosis Claim
When we are feeling under the weather we lean on the trusted advice of our doctors. Unfortunately, even highly trained medical professionals can make mistakes. When it comes to medical mistake some are more damaging than others. Misdiagnosing a disease such as cancer can not only delay necessary medical treatment, but it may also render the most effective treatments no longer effective due to the unnecessary passage of time.
If you have suffered damage to your health or missed your opportunity to treat an illness, you can turn to the experienced malpractice lawyers at Roberts & Harris PC. We are skilled attorneys with a track record of making things right for the victims of malpractice and other negligence in North Carolina. We take pride in our ability to slay the insurance dragons and make sure our clients get the financial compensation they deserve for their medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost earnings, and other malpractice-related damages.
If you have lost a family member due to a misdiagnosis, we can help you pursue a wrongful death claim for compensation such as loss of companionship, your loved one’s pain and suffering while alive, medical costs, funeral and burial expenses, and lost future earnings. We know no amount of money can truly replace what you have lost, but this is the legal remedy available to compensate your family for this tremendous loss.
How Significant Of A Problem Is Misdiagnosis?
When it comes to your health or the well-being of a cherished family member, one misdiagnosis is one too many.
Overall, more than 12 million people each year are affected by medical diagnostics errors. 40,000 to 80,000 of those cases result in a patient’s death as a result of complications from misdiagnosis. The biggest problem with misdiagnosis is that you cannot regain the lost time. Many diseases and conditions are treatable if caught early, but the number of effective treatment options dwindle as time goes by. For example, a cancer that could have been treated with radiation or surgery if caught early may be terminable and inoperable if diagnosed only months later. Misdiagnosis can rob a patient of the chance to fight, recover and have a future.
Can You Sue For Misdiagnosis Or Incorrect Treatment?
To have a successful claim for medical malpractice due to misdiagnosis or an incorrect treatment, it will be necessary to prove negligence. For example, if you are correctly diagnosed but the treatment simply doesn’t work for you, that is not malpractice. If you are misdiagnosed and therefore do not receive the necessary treatment for your condition, that would be an example of medical malpractice. An experienced attorney from our firm can examine the circumstances surrounding your misdiagnosis and determine whether you have a viable claim for financial compensation. We work with professional experts to bolster the cases of our clients and demonstrate their need for compensation for pain and suffering, medical costs, lost earnings, loss of enjoyment of life, and more. In cases where someone dies as a result of misdiagnosis or incorrect treatment, we can pursue a wrongful death claim to cover the costs of lost future wages, funeral and burial expenses.
Not sure if your case qualifies? The best thing you can do is discuss your situation with a proven medical malpractice lawyer from our firm. It will cost you nothing to learn more about your options and find out if you have a case.
What Are The Consequences Of Misdiagnosis?
The consequences range from a minor inconvenience to fatal. If you are diagnosed as having a viral infection and it turns out to be a bacterial infection, you may experience nothing worse than waiting a few days before eventually getting a prescription for antibiotics to beat the infection. If your doctor fails to connect the dots and render a cancer diagnosis, you could wind up not having the treatment you need to survive. If your disease requires early detection to have a positive prognosis, a misdiagnosis can rob you of the chance to get better and literally result in the premature end of your life. These catastrophic cases of misdiagnosis – examples resulting in long-term medical problems or death – are the types of cases that result in medical malpractice claims.
When Does Misdiagnosis Qualify As Medical Malpractice?
In basic terms, misdiagnosis qualifies as medical malpractice when it could have and should have been properly diagnosed. No one expects medical doctors to be psychics or genies; we do expect them to put their training and knowledge to good use in properly diagnosing patients. When they fail to make an accurate diagnosis despite having the tools to do so, they enter the realm of medical malpractice. Their failure to use their tools and knowledge to make an accurate and timely diagnose can literally mean the difference between life and death for you and your loved ones.
You don’t have to make this judgment on your own. Our proven medical malpractice attorneys will thoroughly examine your situation to determine if a misdiagnosis constitutes medical malpractice. If you have a viable claim you can count on us to be ready to go medieval on the insurance dragons and make sure you get the full compensation you deserve for the hell you have gone through as a result of misdiagnosis.
Get The Full Compensation You Deserve For Your Misdiagnosis Claim
You’ve been through hell as a result of misdiagnosis. You deserve to be fully compensated for your medical bills, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and more. With Roberts & Harris PC on your side, you don’t have to sacrifice your financial recovery to get the quality representation you need to prevail. Call 877-404-1138 today to schedule your free consultation.