Addressing Misdiagnoses When It Causes Serious Or Fatal Complications
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Understanding The Consequences Of Diagnostic Mistakes
A missed, delayed or incorrect diagnosis is more than just a medical mistake. It can have severe consequences for patients and their families as catastrophic injuries and wrongful death are very real threats. Simply giving the wrong diagnosis, for example, can lead to:
- Unnecessary or potentially damaging treatments
- A delay in the real diagnosis
- Failures to identify and address complications in a timely manner
- Failure to identify and diagnose additional diseases that could be affecting a patient
Medical professionals who are negligent in their duties or consciously ignore the required standard of care aren’t just putting patients’ lives at risk, they are opening themselves up to liability and the onset of a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Cancer: The Most Common Misdiagnosis
Despite its prevalence in our society and our increasing knowledge of the disease, many patients continue to receive incorrect or delayed cancer diagnoses. Unfortunately, because many forms of cancer are fatal, a patient who fails to receive a proper diagnosis on time may find out too late that their cancer has spread to the point where it is no longer treatable.
In addition, the wrong diagnosis of certain types of cancer can result in aggressive surgeries such as mastectomies, hysterectomies, orchiectomies (removal of testicles in cases of prostate cancer), extensive tissue removal and more. In cases where a patient has these surgeries then later finds out they didn’t have cancer, they could be left infertile or disfigured causing considerable pain and suffering for the rest of their lives.
While some forms of cancer can be detected through on time, routine screenings such as those performed by gynecologists and women’s health professionals, some medical professionals may be negligent in their duties, which can lead to all the complications mentioned above.
Fiercely Fighting For Positive Outcomes For Our Clients
We understand the full risk of misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis here at Mills, Mills, Fiely & Lucas. Oftentimes, the full impact of such a medical error isn’t realized until after it’s too late, leaving patients wondering what they should do next.
Our skilled, experienced and compassionate attorneys can explain your rights, legal options, the statute of limitations on medical malpractice claims, as well as help you file a claim for compensation. We are experienced negotiators and litigators who will fight for a positive outcome that meets your unique situation and needs.
You Are Not Alone — Reach Our Dedicated Team
If a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis caused you or a loved one injury, the attorneys at Mills, Mills, Fiely & Lucas are ready to stand with you and help you obtain the compensation you deserve to address your current and future medical expenses. To schedule an initial consultation at our office in Canton, call 330-754-1888, or reach us online using our online contact form.