If you’ve been injured because a doctor misdiagnosed or failed to diagnose a medical condition, you may be entitled to compensation. The Miami personal injury attorneys at Lavent Law, P.A. can help you fight for the money you deserve.
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- 1 Why Should I Hire a Miami Medical Misdiagnosis Attorney?
- 2 What is Misdiagnosis?
- 3 Commonly Misdiagnosed Health Conditions
- 4 How Often Do Doctors Misdiagnose Patients?
- 5 Consequences of a Missed Diagnosis in Miami
- 6 Why Do Doctors Misdiagnose Patients?
- 7 Compensation Available in Misdiagnosis Injury Lawsuits
- 8 Get Help With Your Failure to Diagnose Case
Why Should I Hire a Miami Medical Misdiagnosis Attorney?
Doctors regularly misdiagnose and fail to diagnose patients. It’s estimated that 12 million Americans are misdiagnosed every year. Half suffer irreversible and painful injuries that could have been avoided with proper medical care.
Misdiagnosing a patient is medical malpractice. In Florida, victims of medical malpractice have the right to sue their negligent health care providers. However, medical malpractice claims are complicated. It can be tough to win if you try to handle it on your own. You’ll be challenged by insurance companies and hospitals every step of the way.
When you hire a Miami medical misdiagnosis attorney to handle your case, you put yourself in the best position to win your case. You’ll level the playing field with an experienced attorney by your side. Insurance companies won’t be able to rely on tactics that they typically use to deny injured patients the compensation they deserve.
At Lavent Law, P.A., our legal team has the experience, skills, and resources that are necessary for a successful medical malpractice case. We work closely with some of the best medical experts in the greater Miami area. With their help, we will build a strong case that supports your demand for compensation. We’ll force negligent doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies to take responsibility for their actions.
What is Misdiagnosis?
Hundreds of thousands of Americans die or suffer permanent injury every year because they’re misdiagnosed by the doctors they trust. Misdiagnosis is a medical error where a diagnosis is “missed, wrong, or delayed.”
Failure to Diagnose: Failure to diagnose, or missed diagnosis, means that a doctor fails to identify that a patient has a specific medical condition.
Delayed Diagnosis: Delayed diagnosis means that a doctor fails to diagnose a patient’s health condition early on, despite examinations and tests. In some cases, patients may get a delayed diagnosis if doctors don’t listen to complaints and fail to perform the diagnostic tests that would identify the problem.
Misdiagnosis (Diagnostic Errors): Misdiagnosis means that a doctor fails to identify the proper health condition from which a patient suffers. Misidentifying a patient’s injury or illness prevents proper treatment and care.
Prompt medical care and treatment are essential when you are sick or injured. If you’re misdiagnosed, you will not receive the help you need.
As a result, your health can take a turn for the worse rather quickly. In many cases, the consequences of misdiagnosis are devastating. Patients often suffer from permanent injuries and experience a drastically reduced quality of life.
Commonly Misdiagnosed Health Conditions
Some medical conditions are misdiagnosed more often than others. These include:
- Lyme Disease
- Heart attack
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Lupus, and
The consequences can be devastating – and potentially fatal – when these health issues aren’t diagnosed and treated early on.
How Often Do Doctors Misdiagnose Patients?
When you visit the doctor, you expect that they’ll listen to your complaints and use their expertise to figure out what’s wrong. Unfortunately, misdiagnosis is the leading cause of patient suffering. It’s the issue that arises most often in medical malpractice claims. Most claims involve a diagnosis that’s missed entirely, rather than an improper one.
One study revealed that diagnostic errors account for 28 percent of all medical malpractice claims. More than one-third of all medical malpractice settlements involve a misdiagnosis claim.
Is it more dangerous to be misdiagnosed in a hospital or outpatient center? Misdiagnosis is much more common in outpatient care. However, a missed diagnosis during inpatient care is much more likely to be fatal.
Consequences of a Missed Diagnosis in Miami
It’s critical for doctors to listen to their patients, run necessary tests, and properly diagnose health conditions. Failing to diagnose a patient promptly and correctly often leads to injuries and ailments that could have been avoided. Patients who are misdiagnosed may be at risk of suffering from a wide range of complications, including, but not limited to:
- Brain damage
- Chronic pain
- Blood clots and pulmonary embolism
- Stroke, and
Have you experienced health complications because you were misdiagnosed? Contact Lavent Law, P.A. for help.
Why Do Doctors Misdiagnose Patients?
Doctors have a duty to provide the best possible care for their patients. If a patient complains about an ache, pain, or discomfort, a doctor must use their expertise to identify any potential health issues. Unfortunately, sometimes doctors take shortcuts, don’t use the resources and tools available to them, or simply fail to listen to what their patients are saying. Simply put, sometimes doctors are negligent. They don’t provide the level of care that’s necessary to keep their patients in good health. As a result, critical diagnoses are missed every day.
Compensation Available in Misdiagnosis Injury Lawsuits
Victims of medical negligence are likely to experience physical, emotional, and financial challenges for the rest of their lives. A missed diagnosis is the difference between a healthy life and one you can barely recognize. In Florida, victims who are injured because of a misdiagnosis are entitled to monetary damages.
At Lavent Law, P.A., our attorneys will aggressively pursue compensation on your behalf, including money for:
- Medical bills
- Nursing care
- Home renovations necessary to accommodate a disability
- Past and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Depression and anxiety
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
Our goal is to make negligent healthcare providers take responsibility for the harm they’ve caused. We will fight to make sure that you get every penny you deserve.
Get Help With Your Failure to Diagnose Case
Were you misdiagnosed by a doctor or medical professional? Has that misdiagnosis caused you pain and suffering? Contact Lavent Law, P.A. to learn about your rights and legal options. You may have the right to file a medical malpractice lawsuit and recover compensation. Our skilled legal team can help you navigate your case and recover the money you deserve.
Your first consultation is free, so call our law firm today. We will review your case, explain your rights, and answer the questions you have. You have a short window of time in which you can file a medical malpractice claim, so call for help today.