North Carolina Misdiagnosis Lawyer
We rely on our healthcare providers to give us accurate information. Most of the time, that’s what they do. Failure of diagnosis and misdiagnosis, however, can cause great harm to a patient—harm that was entirely preventable. If you or a loved one has suffered from a late diagnosis or treatment error, our North Carolina misdiagnosis attorney can assist you. Our practice focuses exclusively on nurse and medical doctor malpractice lawsuits. Call the Melvin Law Firm for an initial consultation with a lawyer.
Facts about Misdiagnosis
Misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose are often one and the same. Someone may come into the emergency room complaining of chest pain. When the doctor examines him, he may erroneously diagnose the problem as heartburn, give him some medication for his stomach and send him on his way. In reality, the patient is on his way to having a heart attack.
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.
A lot of misdiagnoses happen in smaller towns and smaller hospitals. Often, they are less well equipped than their big city counterparts. This disparity can be devastating to a patient. Often, the heart problems and other serious conditions were entirely preventable in the early stages, but are now much more difficult to treat. If this sounds like you or someone you love, don’t delay. Call the Melvin Law Firm today.