Can I bring a medical malpractice claim if the doctor initially missed diagnosing my illness?
Unfortunately, a missed, delayed or incorrect diagnosis of a medical condition is common in today’s health care system. If the misdiagnosis is a result of negligence, as it often is, then you may have a valid medical malpractice claim.
Doctors, physician’s assistants and other healthcare providers have a variety of diagnostic tools available to them, but they are not of any value if the medical professional does not take the time or the skill and experience to use them correctly.
Too often, medical practitioners rush their examinations, do not listen to patients’ symptoms and complaints and fail to communicate important information to colleagues. They may fail to order appropriate diagnostic tests or may misread or not even receive test results.
An investigation of why you were not properly diagnosed on your first visit to the doctor may show evidence of error or negligence, or a failure to provide an expected level of care. The investigation may also reveal how the misdiagnosis harmed you.
Part of our law firm’s investigations of misdiagnosis cases is to have a medical expert analyze your medical records and provide an opinion as to whether your illness should have been recognized in your prior examination. With an affidavit of merit from an expert medical witness, we could move forward with a medical malpractice claim on your behalf.
Please contact us so we can discuss your case with you and begin an investigation without delay.
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