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What Is Medical Misdiagnosis? October 15, 2018

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What Is Medical Misdiagnosis?, Dothan, Alabama

A medical misdiagnosis is a serious issue that can put your health at risk—and may warrant legal action. Many people don’t take the time to consult an attorney following an incorrect diagnosis. Unfortunately, this is more common than you might expect: Every year, some 12 million American adults are affected by a diagnostic error.

The Dangers of Medical Misdiagnosis

Misdiagnosis falls under the umbrella of medical malpractice, a type of personal injury law. This could include making the wrong diagnosis, missing a condition entirely, a delayed diagnosis, or a failure to recognize complications associated with a certain illness. 

Failing to pinpoint the cause of a patient’s condition can result in incorrect or delayed treatment—or no treatment at all. This can cause the illness to worsen, resulting in a potentially life-threatening situation.  

One example of misdiagnosis is when a radiologist misreads a mammogram indicating a tumor—and you only find out you are ill months later. By this time, the cancer will have spread, making it harder to treat. It may even be impossible to eradicate. 

How an Attorney Can Help

attorneyThe key to winning a medical malpractice case is proving the doctor or other health care provider’s negligence. Would a second professional under similar circumstances have diagnosed the patient correctly? Further, this carelessness must be directly linked to the patient’s injury.

These cases are complicated and require the expertise of an attorney specialized in the field. Building a strong argument will require everything from analyzing patient history reports to gathering testimonies from medical experts. 

Many personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis. This means they don’t charge an up-front fee, but instead will receive a percentage of the damages you receive. Given this, it’s always worth it to consult an attorney if you have a potential case.

 

If you are considering a medical malpractice lawsuit in the Dothan, AL, area, look to The Gil Law Firm. Their team is well versed in the complexities of these cases and will provide a personalized assessment based on your situation. They are known for their meticulous attention to detail and will get you the justice you deserve. Learn more about their personal injury and disability experience online. Call (334) 673-0100 to request a consultation with an attorney. 

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