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When a doctor gives you a correct diagnosis, you can get the treatment you need and make necessary lifestyle changes. But, what happens when your doctor fails to give you the correct diagnosis? You might receive unneeded medication or miss a critical window of treatment. For some patients, a misdiagnosis could cut years off their life or they could even die.

It’s estimated that over 12 million Americans are misdiagnosed every year. While not all misdiagnoses cause harm to patients, some do.

Let’s look at what tips a misdiagnosis into medical malpractice.

Is misdiagnosis the result of medical malpractice?

The short answer: not always. Doctors are human and can make mistakes. Sometimes, very competent doctors have given what they believe to be a correct diagnosis after careful screening. If a patient hasn’t been forthright about all their symptoms, a doctor might miss critical clues. There are several reasons why a correct diagnosis might have been missed besides malpractice.

So, when is a misdiagnosis malpractice? Our attorneys need to be able to prove the following:

If you’re still not sure whether your misdiagnosis is the result of misdiagnosis, we invite you to call us to schedule a free consultation. We’re happy to listen to what happened and help decide if there’s enough evidence to bring a malpractice claim forward.

What are some common types of misdiagnoses?

Here are some situations when a misdiagnosis might be the result of negligence:

What causes a misdiagnosis or delays in getting a correct diagnosis?

There are many reasons why you might receive a misdiagnosis. Here are some of them:

Usually, there are several missteps that happen to arrive at a misdiagnosis. Often, human error is responsible.

How do I know if my misdiagnosis warrants a malpractice lawsuit?

Please call a trusted malpractice lawyer for assistance. While misdiagnosis cases are among the most common medical malpractice cases we handle, they are complex. It’s not always easy to prove the misdiagnosis caused harm. That’s why you need a seasoned attorney on your side.

At Ladenburg Law, we only collect a fee if we’re able to win you a settlement. There’s never a fee to call us for a consultation, so you have nothing to lose. Call us today at 253.272.5226 to schedule a time to meet.

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