When a person's medical condition is correctly diagnosed, their chances of the best possible recovery are at their highest. It is obvious then, that when someone's condition isn't diagnosed correctly, or is not diagnosed at all, the chances of their recovery or even their survival may be greatly reduced.
Causes of Misdiagnosis
A person's cancer or other disease or medical condition can be misdiagnosed in a variety of ways. It is possible for a physician to incorrectly interpret a patient's symptoms, leading them to determine that the patient is suffering from another disease, or that they aren't suffering from a medical condition at all. Doctors may also read test results wrong, such as those from an X-ray, sonogram, or mammogram. And in some cases, unfortunately, a physician may fail to properly diagnose a patient simply because they did not take adequate time to listen to a patient and seriously consider their symptoms.
When incidents of misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose occur, it can have a permanent effect on a patient and their family. The patient's recovery options may be severely limited if their cancer or other disease is not diagnosed properly. Had the doctor correctly diagnosed the medical condition earlier, the cost of treatment, both in terms of dollars and the toll treatment takes on a patient's body and emotions, may have been much lower. Families that have lost a loved one due to misdiagnosis or the failure to diagnose may wonder whether anything could have been done to prevent their loved one from suffering an untimely fate.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Involving Misdiagnosis
Medical malpractice cases involving misdiagnosis and the failure to diagnose can quickly become complicated, which is why many find it beneficial to have a skilled Southfield MI doctor malpractice attorney working on their behalf to ensure they are granted the compensation they need and deserve for a loved one's suffering and/or their death. Additionally, in many of these cases, the doctor's insurance company will offer patients or their families a quick settlement, which may be far less than they deserve. It is wise not to accept a settlement until the full extent of a patient's suffering and other related costs are fully realized.
Working with a lawyer that has experience handling medical malpractice claims can help wronged patients and/or their families understand their legal options, as well as investigate whether any wrongdoing on the part of a physician or other medical professional occurred. It is important for those who have been truly wronged to receive a fair amount of compensation that reflects the significant impact the misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose has had on their life.
In Michigan, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims is two years from the action that caused the injury or suffering. However, many medical injuries can take some time to detect, and in such cases, a patient has up to six months after the injury is discovered or should reasonably have been discovered, to file a lawsuit. This short time frame means it is critical to contact a medical malpractice attorney in Michigan as quickly as possible.
If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered due to the failure of a physician or other medical professional to diagnose your condition, contact Lipton Law. Our lawyers can review your medical records thoroughly in order to conclude whether any wrongdoing on the part of a physician or other medical professional occurred, and help you obtain the compensation you and your family deserves. Call our law offices for more information today.