As licensed professionals, doctors and physicians undergo intensive training and are expected to operate at a higher standard of care. This allows medical professionals to make informed decisions about their patients’ health, especially when diagnosing a patient’s health issue. The wrong diagnosis, or failure to diagnose an issue in time, can have serious consequences on an individual’s health that could change their life.
Despite going through years of school and training, doctors can still make serious errors when treating and even diagnosing patients. If a doctor fails to properly and accurately diagnose a patient’s illness, the results could be devastating, and even deadly, to the patient.
Unfortunately, diagnosis errors are one of several forms of medical malpractice. If you or a loved one has suffered health injuries because of a medical professional’s failure to perform a correct diagnosis, you should take action to protect your health and your entitlements by contacting a Clearwater diagnostic errors lawyer. Obtaining compensation can help you ease the financial burdens of your pain and suffering, medical costs, and other expenses related to your recovery.
Misdiagnosing Illnesses and Conditions
When a doctor or physician misdiagnoses a patient, it may result in the patient receiving incorrect medical treatment. This may leave the patient in worse condition, or cause them to undergo unnecessary medical procedures. This is especially harmful in misdiagnoses of life-threatening conditions, such as cancer. When patients suffer injury because of a misdiagnosis, the medical professional may be held accountable in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Failing to Diagnose in a Timely Manner
Sometimes, a medical professional fails to make a proper diagnosis of a patient’s condition. This may not allow an individual to receive the proper medical care they need, which may lead to the individual suffering further injuries. In some unfortunate circumstances, a failure to diagnose may even result in death. In many circumstances, a doctor’s failure to diagnose in a timely manner may be grounds for a medical negligence claim, which may allow victims to recover compensation for their medical expenses.
Establish Doctor Negligence in Diagnosis Errors
Whatever the circumstances of a diagnostic error may be, a successful injury claim for medical malpractice must prove that a doctor was negligent or reckless in their duties. This may include proving that the injuries you or a loved one has suffered were directly related to doctor negligence. This commonly involves three key factors:
- There was a doctor-patient relationship
- The doctor was negligent or reckless in their duties
- The doctor’s negligence/recklessness resulted in injuries to the patient
Proving medical negligence in a claim is an important part of obtaining compensation for the injuries and damages you suffer. If your loved one’s death resulted from a doctor’s negligence, you may file a claim for wrongful death in order to recover compensation for the damages that you and other loved ones suffer as a result.
In a medical malpractice claim, you may be able to recover expenses for the following:
- Medical treatment
- Loss of wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of earning capacity
- Out-of-pocket expenses
Protect Your Health and Entitlements
Many states enforce a statute of limitations that limits the amount of time in which individuals may file a claim for personal injury. For medical malpractice, you must file a claim within two years of the injury occurring or being discovered. For a wrongful death claim, the limit to file is two years after death. It is important to take legal action as soon as possible in order to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
At the Law Offices of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos, we understand that victims of medical negligence may face heavy financial burdens. Our medical malpractice lawyers in Clearwater operate on contingency fees, relieving the cost of up-front legal fees— we do not get paid unless you win!When you are pursuing a claim for medical negligence to cover the costs of your injuries and damages, consult a team of legal professionals with more than 40 years of experience.