Agoura Hills Misdiagnosis Lawyers
As general members of the public, we tend to trust medical professionals implicitly. They have the education, the training, and the experience necessary to properly identify the cause of our medical issues and dictate how best they should be treated. Most of us have no frame of reference to question the diagnosis or course of treatment recommended by doctors and other medical professionals. When physicians cut corners, misread diagnostic tests, make lazy decisions, or otherwise fail to properly utilize their best professional judgment, we have no way of knowing they did so until something goes wrong. Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis are extremely dangerous, leading to medical problems getting worse unnecessarily and potentially creating new ones.
If you’ve suffered injury or illness at the hands of a negligent doctor, nurse, or other medical professional, the dedicated misdiagnosis attorneys at the Halpern Law Firm are here to help. We’ll investigate the circumstances of your diagnosis to find out how a reasonable physician should have acted in order to determine whether malpractice took place. If you or your loved one was the subject of misdiagnosis malpractice, we’ll fight to ensure you get the maximum compensation possible for the harm you have suffered.
The Risks of Misdiagnosis
Misdiagnosis occurs when a medical professional fails to properly diagnose or properly assess an illness or injury. Misdiagnosis can occur when the doctor falsely attributes your symptoms to the wrong condition or when they fail to diagnose any problem at all, brushing off your symptoms as something minor and temporary (also known as failure to diagnose).
Misdiagnosis is extremely dangerous. If your condition is not properly diagnosed, it means that you will not receive the appropriate treatment. Your condition will be allowed to fester and worsen without the medication, procedures, or prosthetics necessary to aid in the restorative process. If you are diagnosed with the wrong illness, you might even be prescribed the wrong medications. You could suffer unnecessarily from the side effects of medications that do not even treat your actual ailment, and your prescribed medication might even make your actual condition worse. Serious illness, injury, or death could result.
After a misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or failure to diagnose, it’s important to consult with a knowledgeable medical malpractice lawyer. Your lawyer can help you connect the dots between your misdiagnosis and the ailments you ultimately suffered, ensuring that you receive full compensation for the damage caused by the negligent medical professionals.
How Does Misdiagnosis Happen?
There are many ways misdiagnoses can occur. Misdiagnosis can happen due to the negligence of nurses, doctors, lab techs, radiologists, or even poor hospital management and policies at an institutional level. Any of the following can contribute to the likelihood of a misdiagnosis:
- Doctor’s failure to order the proper diagnostic tests
- Failure by the doctor to properly review and interpret the tests conducted
- Failure by the lab tech or radiologist to conduct the diagnostic tests properly
- Loss of lab test results due to negligence
- Failure to refer the patient to a proper specialist
- Loss of medical records or failure to consult relevant records
- Overworked and understaffed medical offices increasing the likelihood of lab, emergency room, or hospital mistakes
- Inadequate training of lab techs, nurses and other staff
If you’ve suffered from a misdiagnosis, a seasoned medical malpractice lawyer can investigate the circumstances of your diagnosis and find out what went wrong. The experienced misdiagnosis legal team at Blasser Law will work to identify which parties made mistakes and ensure that all responsible parties are held liable for the damage they caused you and your family.
Fight for the Compensation You and Your Family Deserve After Misdiagnosis Malpractice
If you’ve been hurt due to misdiagnosis or other medical malpractice, you could be entitled to significant damages including compensation for past and future medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. A dedicated Southern California medical misdiagnosis attorney can evaluate your situation and advise you on your potential options. Call the experienced and compassionate medical injury attorneys at the Halpern Law Firm at (818) 785-5999 today for a free consultation. We fight for the compensation you and your family deserve. We take misdiagnosis cases on a contingency basis, which means that we only get paid after we win for you.