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Misdiagnosis and Failure to Diagnose

There is nothing more heart-wrenching than thinking your ailment is less severe than it actually is or finding out you have less time on this earth than you thought.  Unfortunately, misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose a medical condition happens.  Many people today have developed terminal illnesses (wrongful death) or serious debilitating injuries due to the negligent mistakes of medical practitioners.  Although there is a lack of misdiagnosis studies, the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) commissioned a phone survey in 1997 which found that 42% of people reported a medical mistake.  Of them, 40% reported a misdiagnosis or treatment error.  They also found that misdiagnosis rates in the intensive care unit (ICU) ranged from 20% to 40%.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of medical malpractice, contact York Law Firm.  We can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

Cancer

Cancer can be difficult to diagnose – the early stages of cancer may not exhibit any symptoms.  However, early detection and diagnosis is crucial to beating cancer.

There is nothing worse than visiting your physician, being given a clean bill of health, and then learning later that you have cancer.  Frequently reported types of negligence by doctors in misdiagnosed cancer cases include:

  • Failure to properly identify a lump during a breast examination
  • A malignant (cancerous) tumor identified as benign (non-cancerous)
  • Failure to adequately screen for increased risk patients
  • Failure to follow up with a patient
  • Failing to correctly evaluate test results

Liability in Misdiagnosis and Failure to Diagnose Cases

When a medical condition has been misdiagnosed or not diagnosed when it should have been, it’s important to know who may be liable.  The doctor, hospital or other medical practitioners may be at fault for the misdiagnosis or failed diagnosis.  In order to determine liability, however, you need the help of a skilled attorney.  Our attorneys at York Law Firm have successfully obtained millions of dollars on behalf of our clients for their medical malpractice cases.  Contact York Law Firm to learn more about your legal rights.

Statute of Limitations

As with any lawsuit, medical malpractice lawsuits must be filed within a certain period of time of the harmful wrongful conduct, a period known as the statute of limitations.  Failure to bring suit within this period may bar your ability to bring suit completely.  The statute of limitations, however, differs depending on the subject matter of the case.  At York Law Firm, our attorneys can advise and protect your legal claim.

Contact York Law Firm

If you or someone you love has been injured due to a medical practitioners misdiagnoses or failed diagnoses, you need an experienced attorney to fight for your rights.  Contact York Law Corporation today to schedule a free case evaluation.

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