How to Sue for Medical Misdiagnosis
Madison Medical Malpractice Attorneys Bring Lawsuits against Negligent Doctors and Hospitals
When suing for medical malpractice, follow these steps to make the strongest case possible:
- Keep detailed records of any treatment, medications, symptoms, side effects, everything your doctor told you, any money you spent or lost, and any pain and suffering you’ve experienced as a result of the mistake.
- Get a second opinion (or several opinions)—if other medical professionals agree your doctor made a mistake, it can strengthen your claim.
- Prove the injury was the direct result of your doctor’s negligence.
You and your attorneys will have to prove your doctor acted below the standard of care and his or her incompetence caused your injury. Come in for a free consultation with our Madison medical malpractice attorneys to determine if malpractice actually occurred and what the best course of action is.
Most Common Medical Misdiagnosis
Not every case of misdiagnosis is medical malpractice. Sometimes doctors do everything right, behave as a competent medical professional should, and still misdiagnose your condition due to factors outside their control, such as:
- Missing information
- Not enough time to evaluate the patient
- Incomplete medical history
- Diagnostic test errors
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Some of the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions include:
Breast cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, lymphoma, sarcomas, melanoma – whatever the type of cancer, misdiagnosis occurs up to 28% of the time according to the Journal of Clinical Oncology in 2014.
When most people imagine heart attack symptoms, they think of chest pain or pain in the left arm. In reality, heart attacks vary. Some patients may have no symptoms, while others confuse what they’re feeling for indigestion. Women are more likely to be misdiagnoses for a heart attack than men because they often experience different symptoms, such as:
- Discomfort anywhere in the chest
- Arm, back, neck, or jaw pain
- Stomach pain
- Trouble breathing and lightheadedness
- Cold sweat
Depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health problems, along with developmental and learning disorders like ADHD and autism, are extremely difficult to diagnose. Symptoms of depression and related conditions can vary from person to person and often overlap.
Symptoms of celiac disease may include constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, headaches, depression, joint pain, or no outward symptoms at all. It is often mistaken for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Strokes, especially in younger adults, are often misdiagnosed as migraines, intoxication, or vertigo.
People with Lyme disease often go an average of 1.2 years before being correctly diagnosed. Their symptoms may or may not include a rash, muscle and joint pain, stiffness, fever, and fatigue.
Fibromyalgia is frequently misdiagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and chronic fatigue syndrome due to its symptoms of muscle and joint pain, fatigue, sleep problems, and anxiety.
The hormonal imbalances caused by hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, or other thyroid conditions can cause symptoms of fatigue, weight changes, and muscle soreness, which can be mistaken for symptoms of depression and other health problems.
A tear in the wall of the aorta can present in a variety of ways and quickly become fatal if the doctor does not think to test for it.
Pulmonary embolism, or a pulmonary artery blockage in the lung, is generally the result of a blood clot. This can cause sharp chest pain, difficulty breathing, anxiety, and faintness and can be confused with pneumonia or a heart attack.
Personal Injury Lawyers Madison Trusts for the Largest Settlements and Judgements
Whether you’ve suffered due to misdiagnosis, missed diagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or other medical negligence, our Madison medical misdiagnosis attorneys are here to fight for every penny you deserve.
Schedule your free legal consultation to discuss your case. Since not every misdiagnosis is automatically malpractice, it’s important to determine whether malpractice occurred before moving forward.
Then, from the moment you hire us, we begin preparing your case for trial. This is our way of showing doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies we’re ready to take them to court if they don’t offer an acceptable settlement.
Only once you get your financial compensation do we get paid. Throughout the course of your lawsuit, there are no retainer fees and no monthly bills. Plus, in the event your case does not win damages, you don’t owe us anything at all.
In other words, there’s no risk and the potential for huge rewards. Talk to our Madison personal injury attorneys today to get started.