A Misdiagnosis Can Be Catastrophic Or Fatal
A doctor’s failure to diagnose a medical condition timely and correctly can be disastrous for the patient. The wrong treatment, delayed treatment or no treatment at all can result in a worsening condition or even death. If you or someone you love has suffered an injury because of medical misdiagnosis, it is important to get competent, experienced legal representation. For more information about your specific case, contact our experienced Baltimore medical malpractice lawyer today. Contact us online at any time to speak with someone who can help or call 410-671-5605.
Do I Have A Medical Malpractice Case?
In order to prove a medical malpractice case, you must show that there was a doctor-patient relationship established between you and your doctor. After that, you must show that the doctor strayed away from the standard of care. The standard of care is the type of practice any other medical professional would have done under the same circumstances. Seeing another doctor that can back up your claim will help prove this. The doctor can also help you prove that because your original doctor strayed away from the standard of care, you suffered additional injuries.
Every 43 minutes there is at least one medical malpractice payout. In 2012, 33% of claims were related to a misdiagnosis, 19% of people claimed that they suffered from a significant permanent injury and 4% of claims were related to the type of medication administered.
If you suspect that your doctor or physician is not performing their job correctly and safely, you should first seek a second opinion on your condition, course of treatment or prescribed medicine. Then, you should speak with a qualified and experienced Baltimore medical malpractice attorney to see if legal action is necessary.
There is never any risk in seeking a second (or even a third) opinion. It’s your health and it is always in your best interest to seek as much knowledge as possible about your condition or situation. The same goes for your friends, family members and loved ones. Always seek a second opinion if you feel it is necessary.
Do I Need A Medical Malpractice Lawyer?
Trying to prove a medical malpractice case can get very tricky, so it is vital that you have an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney by your side. An attorney can assist you by explaining legal procedures, answering questions, gathering evidence as well as reaching a settlement. A settlement is monetary compensation that can assist with paying for any expenses after an accident such as medical bills, pain and suffering, or lost wages.
If you’ve been hurt by anyone working in the medical industry, we want to hear from you.
Misdiagnosis In Medical Malpractice
When people hear the word “medical malpractice,” extreme examples like a wrongfully amputated leg often come to mind. However, a significant amount of medical malpractice cases involve simpler errors, like misdiagnosis, which can be even more deadly.
The Dangers Of Misdiagnosis
Misdiagnosis is when a patient receives an incorrect diagnosis of their condition, which can allow for the condition to worsen due to a lack of effective treatment. An improper diagnosis can also lead to the consumption of ineffective and possibly harmful drugs. These mistakes can be fatal, especially for young children and the elderly. The dangerous effects of misdiagnosis mean that even simple injuries can turn into catastrophic tragedies simply because of an error in the physician’s judgment.
Can You Sue For Misdiagnosis?
Medicine is not an exact science, so coming to a correct diagnosis can be difficult even for the most skilled and experienced medical professionals. Because of this, the law does not always consider a misdiagnosis as grounds for a medical malpractice claim. However, if it is evident that an error on the medical professional’s part is what resulted in the misdiagnosis, then victims might be able to sue for damages. In fact, many malpractice suits are a result of misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis.
Negligence, which can also be defined as carelessness, is the basis of personal injury cases including medical malpractice. To win a medical malpractice case, it has to be clear that negligence occurred. Furthermore, it must also be clear that negligence is what leads to the injuries sustained. The counsel of a medical malpractice lawyer is extremely helpful in obtaining enough evidence to prove the existence of negligence and to show how the negligence caused an injury.
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From our Baltimore office, we represent people in Maryland and Washington D.C. These cases are complex so it is best to get started as soon as possible. Just call us at 410-671-5605 or send an email. Your consultation is free.