Fight Back Against Doctor Negligence with a Misdiagnosis Lawsuit
Attorney Shelly Hawkins can file a misdiagnosis lawsuit for clients in the Atlanta, GA, area who have suffered hardships and declining health as a result of an improper diagnosis of an illness or disease. A misdiagnosis⏤or a complete failure to diagnose⏤an illness, injury, or disease can have catastrophic results for a patient and his or her family. This form of medical malpractice is one of the most dangerous. Attorney Hawkins is dedicated to serving the victims of negligent doctors, ensuring her clients receive the compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one has suffered due to a misdiagnosis, call our office today to take the first steps in filing your lawsuit.
Misdiagnosis and Failure to Diagnose
Misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose are serious errors that delay treatment, increase risks, and can dramatically lower the chances for a successful recovery. A misdiagnosis can happen if a doctor mistakes a patient’s symptoms for those of another illness or disease. This can result in a patient receiving ineffective or even harmful treatments. Meanwhile, the patient’s undiagnosed condition can continue to worsen.
A misdiagnosis⏤or a complete failure to diagnose⏤an illness, injury, or disease can have catastrophic results for a patient and his or her family.
Failure to diagnose, on the other hand, leaves illnesses undetected or ignored. Doctors may overlook a patient’s symptoms or fail to run full diagnostic tests to discover the cause of the problem. A failure to diagnose can lead to the progression of cancer and other serious, life-threatening diseases.
Mistakes Leading to Misdiagnosis
Doctor negligence is the leading cause of misdiagnoses and failures to diagnose. Mistakes that can lead to a misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose include:
- Failure to order or run appropriate tests
- Misinterpretation of test results
- Failure to request further testing by a specialist
- Lack of communication and understanding of the patient’s complaints
- Failure to review the patient’s family and medical history for certain types of cancer
- Failure to test patients at greater risk for certain illnesses due to ethnicity or age
- Failure to follow up after detecting signs of cancer
- Overlooking a mass during an examination
- Mistaking a malignant mass as a benign one
Ultimately, medical professionals⏤and doctors in particular⏤are charged with ensuring the health and general well-being of their patients. When they fail to do their job properly, they can endanger the lives of their patients and cause immense pain and suffering.
Consequences for Victim and Family
A failure to diagnose or a misdiagnosis can have catastrophic consequences for the patient and his or her family. In severe cases where cancer goes undetected, the results can be fatal. The delay in treatment can push the disease past a treatable stage. Even with non-terminal diseases, misdiagnosis can still have a negative impact on the patient and the family. The patient may suffer physical and emotional pain. Frequent doctor visits and visits to specialists as well as countless tests can take both a financial and emotional toll on the patient and family. When a proper diagnosis is finally obtained, the patient may require additional treatments, increasing the total of the already exorbitant medical bills.
Filing Your Misdiagnosis Lawsuit
Attorney Hawkins can help determine if your doctor misdiagnosed or failed to diagnose your severe health condition. She can seek damages to compensate you for your medical bills, pain and suffering, reduced quality of life, and more. If the misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose resulted in death, she can pursue a wrongful death claim on behalf of the deceased’s family.
Schedule a Consultation
If you were misdiagnosed, or your doctor failed to diagnose an illness or disease, you need the assistance of Attorney Hawkins. She has represented many clients in medical malpractice claims and will work diligently to secure a favorable outcome. Call our office at (678) 376-3900 or contact us online today to schedule your free consultation.