When a patient seeks medical attention, they are placing their trust in a healthcare provider to take the necessary steps to determine what is causing their symptoms and recommend treatment. Receiving a misdiagnosis often results in a patient undergoing unnecessary treatment or failure to receive the proper treatment necessary to save their life or prevent further complications. When a healthcare professional makes a mistake in diagnosis or makes a failure to diagnose a patient, the results can be devastating and even fatal.
What is Misdiagnosis?
Hey folks, Allen Tittle here, Cleveland’s Medical Malpractice Lawyer. One of the biggest issues for potential causes of action that we see in medical malpractice cases has to do with misdiagnosis. Doctors must rule out or treat conditions that are the most life-threatening or most life-altering first. And when they don’t, patients can either die, become paralyzed, or lose a limb. A common example that we see in cases are cancer examples. So you have signs and symptoms of cancer, the doctor doesn’t act to treat or rule out, and then a year later that patient gets diagnoses with cancer and it’s no longer treatable. Other examples are much more short in a time frame. Things such as stroke, heart attack or a spine infection. These are conditions that are life-threatening or life-altering because it can cause paralysis permanently. If you or a loved one feel you are a victim of misdiagnosis, please give us a call or visit our website today.
Types of Diseases Commonly Misdiagnosed
Generally, every medical condition has the potential to be misdiagnosed. We frequently see incorrect diagnoses or missed diagnosis with the following diseases and conditions:
- Breast Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Cervical Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Testicular Cancer
- Heart Attacks
- Pulmonary Embolisms
If you or a loved one has been misdiagnosed, our Cleveland medical malpractice lawyers have the experience needed to take on the large hospitals and review complex medical negligence issues including failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis. Injuries or death due to medical negligence are traumatic for families and we are here to help. Call our Cleveland office at (216) 308-1522 for a free medical consultation, or fill out our online contact form. Tittle & Perlmuter is a very “client-focused” firm and we can arrange evening and weekend appointments to fit your schedule, and we can come to you.