Waco TX Misdiagnosis Attorneys
Was Your Medical Condition Misdiagnosed?
Patients trust medical professionals to provide the utmost care and consideration when treating anything from the flu to a serious illness. Unfortunately, errors often happen, but when a doctor fails to accurately diagnose a patient's condition due to recklessness, lack of training, or knowing disregard of medical standards, he or she is legally responsible for the resulting injuries or death. If you believe that you or a loved one has been harmed by medical misdiagnosis, please contact the Waco injury attorneys at Williams & Brown LLP to discuss your case and answer your questions. You may be entitled to pursue damages in a medical malpractice claim or lawsuit. Call us at (888) 741-6200 to schedule a consultation.
Misdiagnosis can increase the chances of death when a patient suffers from a serious condition or illness.
Diagnostic Errors and Medical Malpractice
A mistaken diagnosis can have serious consequences for a patient and result in not only incorrect treatment, but also worsening conditions that may even lead to death. However, diagnostic errors do not necessarily indicate medical negligence. Even the most skilled doctors can make mistakes, but in order to have a valid medical malpractice claim based on misdiagnosis, the patient or surviving family must prove that the doctor made errors that another reasonable doctor with similar training and experience would not have made.
Unacceptable errors that can lead to a misdiagnosis may include:
- Misplaced lab results,
- Failure to order appropriate tests for the patient's symptoms,
- Failure to follow up on test results,
- Failure to notice obvious signs of an illness or injury,
- Failure to give full attention to the patient, or
- Made premature diagnosis without appropriate testing.
It is important to seek a second opinion to avoid the tragic dangers of a misdiagnosis, but in the event that you or a loved one has been injured or worse due to a doctor's actions, you may be eligible to obtain compensation for economic and non-economic damages.
Liability for Damages in Texas
Another crucial aspect of medical malpractice claims is proving that the medical practitioner's negligence led to further consequences, such as:
- The prognosis became worse due to a missed or delayed diagnosis,
- The patient underwent unnecessary medical treatment that was invasive, risky, or expensive,
- The patient underwent treatment that caused significant pain or impairment,
- Lost past and future wages or ability to return to work,
- The patient suffered diminished abilities, disfigurement, or death.
In some cases, various health issues can be confused with other less dangerous conditions, and if unnoticed, the patient's chance of recovery can be severely reduced.
In the event of misdiagnosis, the injured patient or surviving family members may pursue financial compensation for the economic and non-economic damages caused by the medical professional's negligent actions.
Contact Our Experienced Patient Safety Advocates
One of the most important parts of successful treatment and recovery is an early and accurate diagnosis. At Williams & Brown LLP, we believe that medical professionals must be held accountable when a patient suffers unjustly due to recklessness or a violation of the patient safety rules. As experienced Texas medical malpractice lawyers, we can help patients or families that have lost a loved one pursue rightful compensation for losses that should have been prevented. If you believe you have a case or would like to learn more about your potential options, please call us for a free consultation at (888) 741-6200 or complete an online contact form.