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Medical Misdiagnosis Attorneys in California

Patients depend on their doctors to provide them with precise and timely diagnoses. But what happens when misinformation leads to a patient’s suffering? This is known as a medical misdiagnosis.

medical misdiagnosis statisticsA study published on CBSNews by the British Medical Journal found that roughly 5% or 12 million Americans receive the wrong diagnosis from their doctors each year.

Proper diagnosis could mean the difference between life and death. If a healthcare provider fails to accurately and swiftly diagnose a condition, a patient’s health can quickly go from bad to worse. This can happen even if the original symptoms were not particularly severe at the onset.

Medical misdiagnosis can cause a patient to receive improper or ineffective treatments, or even no treatment at all. As a result, the condition may have worsened and require costly and invasive treatments by the time a right diagnosis is made. This is the ultimate tragedy of medical malpractice.

While not all diagnostic errors are grounds for medical malpractice claims, they can be when a medical professional was negligent. If you believe you or your loved one were a victim of medical malpractice, a skilled medical malpractice lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and answer your questions.

Causes of Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose

medical misdiagnosis statistics - CBS newsFrom carelessness to a high volume of patients, several factors might contribute to an inaccurate medical diagnosis.

The most common causes of medical misdiagnosis include:

  • Not ordering appropriate tests
  • Not following up on tests
  • Wrong interpretation of test results
  • Incomplete or rushed exams
  • Failure to recognize symptoms

A few of the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions are cancer misdiagnosis, stroke, heart attack, infection, aneurysms and meningitis. However, an incorrect or delayed diagnosis is possible for almost any medical condition, no matter how bad it is.

At times, a physician may wrongly diagnose a healthy patient with a serious medical condition. Consequently, the doctor will prescribe unnecessary treatments that can actually hurt the patient’s health and burden them financially. Bad diagnoses also tend to cause an undue amount of emotional trauma and suffering for the patient.

Medical Malpractice Attorneys

At Hodes Milman, our medical malpractice lawyers understand that the consequences of misdiagnosis. A doctor’s failure to diagnose can have devastating effects on a family. We have seen firsthand how challenging these cases can be, which is why we are painstakingly thorough in reviewing and preparing each case. Our extensive knowledge and resources have earned our medical malpractice lawyers a distinguished reputation and an impressive track record.

When to Get Legal Help for Medical Misdiagnosis

Although mistakes can and do happen, a deviation from the accepted standard of care makes a misdiagnosis grounds for a medical malpractice claim. If a doctor, nurse, specialist or other healthcare provider fails to act as any prudent and qualified medical professional would have and it results in the patient’s injury or death, there may be grounds for a medical malpractice claim.

Our firm offers free case consultations, and we can help you to determine whether medical malpractice was a factor in your injury or the wrongful death of your loved one.

Free Medical Misdiagnosis Case Review

Contact our California or Arizona office for a free review of your misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose claim. Our lawyers proudly provide victims nationwide with dedicated, competent legal guidance and free consultations.

Do not hesitate to seek the compensation you deserve if you a loved one has been a victim of medical misdiagnosis. Call us 7 days a week at  949-640-8222.

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Managing Partner, Daniel Hodes, has been representing victims of misdiagnosis for more than 30 years. Nominated by other Southern California lawyers, he is the only 3-time “Top Gun” winner presented by the OCTLA in the area of Medical Malpractice. To learn more about the recoveries, including jury verdicts and unprecedented settlements on behalf of previous clients, click here.

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