Dallas Misdiagnosis Attorneys
Giving a Voice to the Injured
The moment we step into a doctor’s office, we place our trust in them. They are responsible for diagnosing our illnesses and finding a way to treat them. They have a duty to provide quality medical care, diagnose the appropriate conditions, and find solutions to heal them. Unfortunately, physicians too often fail to properly care for their patient, which can lead to extensive injuries and wrongful death.
Misdiagnosis and missed diagnosis are leading causes for serious injuries and medical fatalities. A misdiagnosis occurs when a doctor incorrectly identifies a patient’s symptoms and assigns the wrong cure. A missed diagnosis happens when the physician fails to recognize signs of an illness at all and does not prescribe any treatments or recovery plan. Both incidents can lead to the worsening of the condition’s symptoms, serious harm, and potential death.
Call our qualified medical malpractice attorneys in Dallas to see if you have a case!
Commonly Misdiagnosed Conditions
Research shows that most doctors spend an average of 11 to 15 minutes with each patient, sometimes even less. Rushing time with a patient can mean the physicians can potentially miss important symptoms or signs to serious health problems. If a doctor negligently misdiagnosis a patient, and that person sustains major harm, they can possibly have grounds to file a lawsuit.
Some illnesses can cause extensive harm that can cost a significant amount of money to treat. Some of the symptoms would not have progressed if doctors had treated it correctly the first time.
Common misdiagnosis and missed diagnosis include:
- Heart Attack
- Celiac Disease
- Thyroid Conditions
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Aortic Dissection
Statistics on Missed Diagnosis
Missed diagnosis and misdiagnosis occur too often in the United States. Studies show a significant amount of harm that has come from doctors wrongfully diagnosing their patients. Experts estimate that an average of 12 million Americans are diagnosed incorrectly.
Other misdiagnosis statistics include:
- Specific cancers are misdiagnosed 44% of the time
- 5% of all adults will receive a diagnostic error
- Diagnostic errors cause 10% of all patient deaths
- 33.5% of individuals experiencing a pulmonary embolism are sent home
Do You Have a Case?
While it can be easy to blame the doctors for not properly doing their jobs, it is difficult to determine whether your case will hold up in court. In order to sue for medical malpractice, you need to meet certain criteria. To decide if your case can go to court, ask yourself the following:
- Did the misdiagnosis cause serious injuries and harm?
- Did someone die because of a missed diagnosis?
- Was the doctor negligent in the way they analyzed your symptoms?
- If the doctor had acted different, could the harm be avoided?
If you answered yes to any of these, you may have a case for medical malpractice. At Aldous \ Walker, our experienced attorneys can help you seek the compensation you deserve. Our firm takes the time to get to know our clients. In order to better represent your case, we get to know you. We find out what you went through and how this has affected your life.
Not only that, but our whole team helps with your case. Everyone at the firm will look at the details of your claim to anticipate arguments from every angle and to ensure we do not miss anything. For us, our clients become like family, for whom we would do anything.
If you were injured because of a misdiagnosis, contact our Dallas medical malpractice attorneys for a free consultation today!