Patients put a lot of trust in their doctors and physicians. We believe that they are trained to diagnose properly. They are scientists who base their predictions on chemical and physical evidence and with years of school and training arrive at a conclusion. However, they are human and can make mistakes. Almost 20% of patients are misdiagnosed. Some are simple and innocuous while others can be life-threatening. The typical behavior for a trained physician who is not sure of their answer is to resist the quick diagnosis and recommend the patient to a specialist or another doctor for a second opinion. Misdiagnosis can lead to incorrect treatments and unneeded surgeries, all the while, putting the patient at risk and missing the opportunity to treat the real disease while allowing the condition to worsen.
If you have been misdiagnosed and suffered injuries as a result of that diagnoses, then you need to take your claim to a skilled attorney who specializes in medical malpractice claims. The steps to take in proving the doctor misdiagnosed with neglect for proper care include a thorough review of all the appointments and the doctor’s records. There must be evidence that the physician diagnosed in haste, overlooked specific evidence to the contrary, or failed to identify obvious signs. It also must be shown that the injuries the patient sustained were as a result of treatment associated with the misdiagnosis or a result of failing to diagnose the actual problem. Radiologists are some of the smartest doctors who never actually diagnose a patient but advise the physician on what the diagnosis should be. If it can be proved that the diagnosing physician ignored valid evidence from a specialist or other physician then there may be a legal claim for misdiagnosis.
The most crucial aspect of filing a misdiagnosis claim is determining what harm was caused to the patient. Unfortunately, many of misdiagnosis victims suffer lifelong injuries such as the loss of one of the senses, brain damage, and death. If the doctor failed to acknowledge a tumor that could have saved the patient’s life but the duration of time where it went overlooked caused the tumor to metastasis into terminal cancer then this enters the territory of a wrongful death claim. A skilled attorney who represents you and your interest can discover the root of the problem as well as communicate on your behalf with the negligent parties and their insurers.
David W. Kaiser, Attorney at Law, has many years of experience in dealing with misdiagnosis claims. He is well-versed in the legal end and works with the top medical investigators in Pennsylvania. We want to see the negligent parties brought to account for their misactions. We know that in many cases, a monetary settlement can not heal the loss of a loved one. However, it might be the essential step needed in caring for the victim’s life and their family.
If you or a family member have suffered from a misdiagnosis in the Pittsburgh or surrounding areas, then please call 724-425-1110 to schedule a free consultation. We will assess your claim and let you know the next course of action to take receiving the compensation the law entitles and you deserve.