Failure To Diagnose/Wrong Diagnosis
Doctors do the best they can by following the standards of care in the medical profession. But sometimes they make mistakes — like failing to diagnose serious medical conditions that should be treated. They do not run the appropriate tests or they miss test results that should have been obvious indicators of a condition. When this happens, they must be held accountable for the harm they cause.
A board-certified radiologist failed to detect lung cancer that was clearly visible on an X-ray. This failure delayed treatment that may have otherwise saved the life of the patient. Because of his failure to diagnose, a life was lost.
The legal team at the medical malpractice law firm of DeVore, Acton & Stafford, P.A., serves victims of medical misdiagnosis throughout North Carolina. Our Charlotte failure to diagnose lawyers use their years of experience and in-depth knowledge to help people affected by medical malpractice hold doctors accountable for the harm caused. Reach out to us online to learn more about your circumstances.
In addition to our work with clients suffering the effects of misdiagnosis, our attorneys help victims of the wrong diagnosis. Wrong diagnosis is common in emergency and trauma settings and often involves sending someone home who has actually had a heart attack (commonly misdiagnosed as angina) or a stroke (commonly misdiagnosed as a migraine or severe tension headache). Unfortunately, not only can lasting health effects occur as a result of these wrong diagnoses, but they can also be fatal.
Not Simply Doctors
Medical malpractice, like a failure to diagnose, is not limited to medical doctors. It is also committed by nurses, nurse practitioners, specialists and health care facilities. Hospitals may also be responsible for your injuries. Legally, hospitals can be held directly responsible for their own negligence. They can also be held “vicariously” liable for the medical malpractice of the health care professionals they employ.
To decide if a medical professional should be held accountable for medical malpractice, a jury will often consider the testimony of experts. These experts are usually other doctors who discuss the “standard of care” — the level of care and skill that a physician or surgeon of the same medical specialty would use under similar circumstances. If another, similar doctor in similar circumstances would have diagnosed you with your medical condition, the jury may find that your doctor has committed malpractice.
Don’t Let Mistakes Go Unnoticed
If you or a loved one has been harmed by the wrong diagnosis of a medical professional, it is important to hold the professional accountable. By filing a personal injury claim, you may save others from the same fate and receive financial compensation for your suffering. Call 704-594-4227 or email Troy Stafford directly to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.