Misdiagnosis errors can have serious consequences for victims. A correct and timely diagnosis can have a significant impact on the quality of treatment and care the patient receives. When a medical condition is not correctly diagnosed or there is a delayed diagnosis, it can be the difference between suitable care and treatment and devastating complications that can result in death in some circumstances.
Misdiagnosis and medical errors can truly be the difference between life and death for victims. When a misdiagnosis, failure to diagnosis or delayed diagnosis has resulted in a worsened condition or harm to the victim, legal remedies may be available to help victims recover compensation for damages. Victims and their families may be able to recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional damages associated with medical malpractice and wrongful death damages may be available in instances when death resulted from the misdiagnosis.
Patients may feel vulnerable when seeking medical care and treatment and a misdiagnosis may only increase that feeling. A missed diagnosis can occur in a variety of circumstances including cancer, stroke, heart attack, pulmonary embolism, infection and in other circumstances as well. Medical professionals are held to certain standards and when they fail to meet those standards, they may be liable to compensate victims for the harm they suffer. Medical professionals including doctors, nurses and hospital staff may all be liable for medical malpractice.
Medical malpractice can have devastating consequences for victims and their families. As a result, it is important for them to be familiar with the legal options, remedies and protections available to them.