Philadelphia Misdiagnosis Lawyer
When you see a doctor, you count on him or her to tell you what’s wrong and how to treat it. Many people don’t even think to question a doctor’s diagnosis. After all, your doctor is the medical professional.
Sadly, doctors don’t always get it right. A report released by the American Medical Association highlights just how often physicians give the wrong diagnosis. Despite impressive advances in diagnostic techniques and devices over the past several decades, autopsies reveal that doctors misdiagnose 20 percent of the time.
At LawMD, our medical malpractice lawyers help patients from the Philadelphia area and across the country. Our physician-attorneys are known throughout the nation as some of the most formidable trial lawyers in the area of medical malpractice. We devote a significant portion or our practice to misdiagnosis cases. Because many of our lawyers are also doctors, we understand the challenges these cases present.
Why Misdiagnosis Cases Are So Dangerous
Doctors are trained to identify disease based on symptoms. They must be decisive and confident, but they must also be willing to examine a patient’s case from all angles, and to draw upon resources and help from other professionals if necessary. When they are wrong, they must have the courage to correct their mistakes as soon as possible to avoid doing harm.
When a disease or condition is misdiagnosed, and a doctor begins the wrong form of treatment, it usually leaves the actual condition or disease free to progress – something that can be devastating for a patient’s health. In some cases, an unnecessary or incorrect treatment can actually cause additional harm, leaving the patient in failing health and too weak to fight the actual disease or condition.
Misdiagnosis of any condition can lead to serious health consequences, however, some mistakes are more catastrophic than others. The following types of misdiagnosis cases can have lasting and deadly effects for patients and their families.
Cancer misdiagnosis. Harvard researchers have found that cancer is the most commonly misdiagnosed disease in the United States. Unnecessary radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery can cause physical and psychological harm for a patient. In some cases, doctors catch cancer, but fail to diagnose the correct form of the disease, causing them to prescribe ineffective treatments or treatments that actually make a patient’s condition worse.
Heart attack. Because the symptoms of a heart attack often mimic symptoms caused by less serious conditions, doctors and hospitals don’t always properly identify a heart attack in progress. Patients have been sent home from urgent care centers, doctors’ offices, and even emergency rooms with a misdiagnosis of “heart burn” or “indigestion” when they are actually suffering a heart attack.
Stroke. Stroke is another condition that is often overlooked or dismissed as something less serious by doctors, nurses, and hospital staff. Researchers at the American Heart Association report that stroke patients are frequently misdiagnosed with a headache, migraine, or vertigo. These types of misdiagnoses are especially devastating, as strokes can usually be treated quite effectively if they are identified early enough.
Aortic dissection. Aortic dissection occurs when there is a tear in the wall of the aorta in the heart. If caught quickly, the condition is usually treatable with a great likelihood of success and a full recovery. Unfortunately, nearly one-third of patients with aortic dissection are misdiagnosed.
Some other types of Misdiagnosed and delayed diagnosed conditions are:
- Cauda Equina Syndrome
- Aortic Aneurysm
- Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis
- Colon Cancer Misdiagnosis
Whether a doctor failed to diagnose your condition or gave you the wrong diagnosis, it’s important to speak to an experienced medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible. These types of cases are limited by strict statutes of limitation. Don’t miss your opportunity to get the justice and compensation you deserve.
Misdiagnosed? Call the Philadelphia Misdiagnosis Lawyer at LawMD
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