Misdiagnosis is a leading cause of patient harm. Every year in the United States, doctors misdiagnose approximately 12 million people. This accounts for 1 in 20 adult patients, and researchers say half of these misdiagnosis cases have the potential to severely harm the patient.
If you have been the victim of a misdiagnosis, you may understandably have difficulty putting your trust in people who are supposed to help you. At LawMD, many of our attorneys are experienced physicians as well as knowledgeable trial lawyers. We take on cases like yours because we believe no one should have to suffer with the aftermath of a medical misdiagnosis.
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Misdiagnosis of Cancer
Cancer treatment has come a long way, even in just the past decade. Many cancers are quite treatable, but they must be identified early. When cancer is allowed to progress unchecked, it can spread to other areas of the body where it may not be treatable at all. Misdiagnosis of cancer can cause a patient to suffer invasive, difficult surgeries and treatments that would not have been necessary had the doctor correctly identified the cancer in an earlier stage.
Doctors have missed cancer because they neglected to perform a biopsy or because they misinterpreted test results. In some cases, patients have been denied tests that would have alerted their doctor to cancer cells in the body.
Misdiagnosis of Stroke
When doctors and nurses fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke or pass off a patient’s symptoms as something less serious, patients can experience catastrophic injuries and even death. Caught early enough, a stroke can be successfully managed in many cases. When doctors miss a stroke, however, the brain is deprived of oxygen, which can lead to serious health problems, including brain damage, loss of motor function, permanent memory loss, vision problems, and death.
Misdiagnosis of Heart Attack
Like strokes, heart attacks can often be stopped in their tracks with immediate care and intervention. Tragically, heart attack patients have been sent home from urgent cares and ERs with instructions to rest more or to take an antacid. They’re told their symptoms are stress or a migraine. The tragedy of these cases is that relatively simple tests, such as electrocardiograms and echocardiograms, can usually detect the problem.
Misdiagnosis of Infection
In an era of widespread antibiotic use, many patients don’t understand just how deadly an infection can be. Certain infections don’t respond to conventional antibiotics. In some cases, doctors prescribe the wrong kind of antibiotic, which fails to halt the infection. In other cases, doctors misidentify the infection altogether—a mistake that can lead to organ failure, amputation, and death.
Misdiagnosis of Meningitis
Meningitis comes out of nowhere to strike down otherwise healthy adults—usually young people. Viral meningitis is typically less serious than bacterial meningitis, which is more difficult to treat. In either case, patients must be treated quickly before inflammation compresses the spinal cord, leading to brain damage and death. Because meningitis tends to affect teens and young adults, doctors don’t always suspect it. They can dismiss it as the flu, infectious mononucleosis, or just a nasty cold.
Get the Compensation You Deserve
Our medical misdiagnosis lawyers have years of experience working in hospitals with patients. We help patients and their families get the compensation they need after a misdiagnosis. You may be entitled to money for past and future medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of earning potential, and other types of compensation.
The time to file a medical malpractice claim is limited. Don’t miss your opportunity to get the compensation you deserve. The medical malpractice lawyers at LawMD is available to speak to you today about your case.
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