LawMD is proud to work with clients throughout the United States who have been misdiagnosed by their medical providers. Many of our clients are psychotherapy patients who relied on their psychiatrists to accurately diagnose their mental illnesses, only to be given incorrect diagnoses and ineffective treatments. For those patients who suffered serious declines in their mental health due to a failure to diagnose their mental illness, we can consider filing a medical malpractice claim on their behalves.
Why leave your mental illness misdiagnosis claim in our hands?
- LawMD is mostly comprised of physician-attorneys who have both medical and legal backgrounds. Few other nationwide law firms can claim to have the same insight into your case that we do.
- Throughout our years of legal representation focused on medical malpractice in all its forms, we have recovered millions of dollars for our clients through successful verdicts and settlements.
- Our main office is located in the heart of the nation, Washington, DC, but we are capable of representing you in any state thanks to our comprehensive network of both legal and medical professionals.
As people with medical backgrounds ourselves, we have seen secondhand how difficult things can be for a patient when their doctor or psychiatrist misunderstands their conditions. We want to do what is right by providing you powerful yet compassionate legal representation in your pursuit of fair compensation after your psychiatrist misdiagnosed and mistreated your mental health difficulty.
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Psychiatrist Responsibilities to Ensure Patient Care
A psychiatrist is technically a medical doctor who has completed a medical degree. They are tasked with the care of patients who are suffering from mental health difficulties and want help alleviating or mitigating their symptoms.
Common signs of various types of mental health disorders include:
- Persistent feeling of sorrow or depression
- Inability to focus or concentrate
- Extreme anxiety or guilt
- Insomnia or hypersomnia
- Social withdrawal
- Unexplained mood swings
A single one of these common mental health disorder symptoms can be debilitating and frightful for the patient. It is the duty of their psychiatrist to carefully evaluate what is happening to reach an accurate diagnosis. Afterward, the psychiatrist has the responsibility to manage the treatment of the mental health difficulty they diagnosed. They may even prescribe medication that should help control some of their patient’s symptoms.
When there is a failure on behalf of the psychiatrist at any point in this process, the patient’s mental health can suffer severely for it. Depending on a patient’s symptoms and inclinations, a drop in their mental health due to a misdiagnosis could even endanger their physical health, such as in patients with suicidal tendencies.
Failure to diagnose mental illness claims seek fair compensation on behalf of a patient after their psychiatrist failed in their duty to care for them. The compensation may provide for the cost of psychiatric care, other medical costs incurred because of their condition, and noneconomic damages like mental anguish and traumatization.
Did a Psychologist Try to Diagnose You?
Although a psychologist should only provide psychotherapy guidance – also called talk therapy – some try to go beyond their roles and actually diagnose and treat their patients. This is an egregious example of medical malpractice since a psychologist is not a medical doctor with the same background and training as a psychiatrist. A psychologist acting as a psychiatrist would be similar to a general practice doctor trying to complete a complicated surgery in the operating room.
Did your mental health difficulties worsen after your psychologist tried to take it upon themselves to diagnose and treat you? They could be held liable for your worsening condition or continuing mental health struggles through a successful claim or lawsuit. Let LawMD and our nationwide mental health misdiagnosis attorneys help you determine the best way to proceed.
Call (888) 695-2963 today. We are here to provide legal and moral support to our clients.