A Misdiagnosis Can Be Malpractice. Get Help.
We rely on our health care providers to give us accurate information. Most of the time, that’s what they do. However, failure of diagnosis and misdiagnosis can cause significant injury to a patient – harm that was preventable. Our North Carolina misdiagnosis attorney can assist you if you or a loved one has suffered from a late diagnosis or treatment error.
At The Melvin Law Firm, our practice focuses exclusively on nurse and medical doctor malpractice lawsuits. You can learn more about how we can help you by scheduling your free initial consultation with a knowledgeable medical malpractice lawyer. You can call us now at 800-626-7047.
Facts About Misdiagnosis
Misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose are often one and the same. A man may come into the emergency room complaining of chest pain. After examining him, the doctor may erroneously diagnose the problem as heartburn, give the patient some medication for his stomach and send him on his way. In reality, the patient is on his way to having a heart attack.
Doctors misdiagnose many diseases, often with disastrous consequences, including:
- Many types of cancers
- Heart attacks
- Lyme disease
Another common scenario is known as a “failure to refer.” A patient sees her family doctor, who notices symptoms, yet does not refer his patient to a specialist for the appropriate tests. Because specialists are so expensive, doctors are often discouraged from making referrals even when they are necessary.
Get Justice For A Doctor’s Malpractice
A lot of misdiagnoses happen in smaller towns and smaller hospitals. Often, they are not as well equipped as their city counterparts. This disparity can be devastating to a patient. Usually, heart problems and other severe conditions were preventable in the early stages but are now much more challenging to treat. If this sounds like you or someone you love, don’t delay.