Harrisburg Medical Malpractice Lawyers for Misdiagnosis
Advancements in medicine have not eliminated misdiagnosis errors by doctors. Medical diagnoses that are missed, incorrect or delayed, are believed to affect 10 to 20 percent of medical cases and can lead to serious injury or death. Victims of misdiagnosis should seek a second opinion and may be able to obtain compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit. If you suspect you are a victim of a misdiagnosis, you should seek an experienced Pittsburgh medical malpractice lawyer to review your case.
The types of diagnostic errors found in medical misdiagnosis cases are varied. A misdiagnosis medical malpractice claim may be appropriate when the misdiagnosis is not a mistake a reasonable doctor would have made. This can include:
- Diagnosing a patient with a condition that patient does not have.
- Failure to diagnose a patient exhibiting symptoms for a medical problem.
- Diagnosing the wrong condition.
- Delay in diagnosis which resulted in a serious injury by delaying treatment.
Cases of misdiagnosis require a trained professional to review a patient’s medical history. There are common red flags indicating a possible claim:
- Medical tests read incorrectly by the lab or technicians.
- Appropriate tests were not ordered given the displayed symptoms.
- Failure to follow up to obtain results of a medical test.
- Failure to communicate test results to the patient.
- Misplaced lab results by the lab or doctor’s office.
- Medical reading of the wrong sample by the lab.
- Mixed up lab results with another patient.
- Missed obvious signs of a serious illness or injury when reading tests such as X-rays, CT scans, blood work or diagnostic tests.
Common Misdiagnosed Diseases or Conditions
Misdiagnosis is more common with certain conditions and illnesses and can lead to life threatening medical emergencies due to the delay in treatment.
- Blood clots
- Cerebral palsy and other birth injuries
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Heart attack: misdiagnosis is especially common in women and younger patients
- Meningitis: misdiagnosis is especially common in infants and seniors
- Placental abruption
- Stroke: misdiagnosis is especially common in younger patients
There are factors a patient should consider to determine if they have a medical malpractice claim:
- Was your prognosis worse because of the error?
- Did the misdiagnosis force you have to undergo more invasive, expensive and or risky medical treatment?
- Have you experienced significant pain or impairment due to the misdiagnosis?
- Did you receive treatment you did not need?
James R. Moyles, Esquire: Experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Pittsburgh and Harrisburg Handling All Types of Misdiagnosis Cases
Individuals have the right to safe and effective healthcare. If you have suffered because of medical misdiagnosis, Pittsburgh medical malpractice lawyers at The Moyles Law Firm have the skill and knowledge to obtain the compensation to which you are entitled. James Moyles, Esquire has specific experience handling difficult misdiagnosis cases. We have two convenient locations in Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, to serve clients throughout the Pennsylvania area. If your injuries or illness prevent you from traveling, we will set up a consultation with you in your home or in the hospital.
Call us at 412-281-1055 or 717-233-5400 or contact us online to schedule your consultation with a reputable Pittsburgh medical malpractice lawyer. We work on a contingency fee basis. We don’t charge you fees unless we recover you compensation through a judgment or settlement.