Misdiagnosis or Failure to Properly Diagnose
An estimated 12 million people are misdiagnosed annually. Symptoms can often overlap and portray themselves as a different illness, leading to an improper diagnosis. Lack of due care and proper specialists to consider all reasonable diagnoses can cause a medical professional to miss vital warning signs during treatment. A misdiagnosis can lead to delayed or inadequate treatment, which can cause more harm than having not been treated at all.
Common misdiagnoses include:
- Pulmonary embolism
- Heart attack
- Serious stomach ailments like perforations or ruptured appendices
- Circulatory problems/reduced blood flow, leading to tissue death and/or amputation
These conditions have serious consequences if untreated, and can even lead to death. Our firm’s attorneys have handled multiple cases and have experience with medical professionals who have failed to properly treat patients.