Did Your Doctor Fail to Diagnose Your Condition?

Boca Raton Failure to Diagnose Attorneys

Experienced Attorneys in Boca Raton

It’s no secret that the earlier you begin treating a medical issue, the better your chances of making a full recovery. If you went to your doctor for a routine screening or for help diagnosing pain and they failed to identify a medical condition that another doctor could have reasonably diagnosed, they could be liable for medical malpractice.

You will need to consult with an experienced medical professional to know for sure whether or not your doctor acted negligently when diagnosing your condition. At Somera & Silva, LLP, not only are our Boca Raton failure to diagnose lawyers experienced in medicine, but we also have a physician on site to consult with clients and review their case.

For a free case evaluation at our firm, call (561) 221-6802 and schedule an appointment.

Could Your Injury Have Been Prevented?

Just being misdiagnosed does not necessarily mean you have grounds for a lawsuit. It needs to be proven that the misdiagnosis was directly responsible for additional pain and suffering or financial expenses incurred by the patient. For example, say you went to the doctor complaining of stomach pains and they told you were fine. The next day, you go to another doctor for a second opinion and they inform you that you have stomach ulcers that will go away over time. Although the first doctor acted negligently, an accurate diagnosis would not have made any difference in the ultimate outcome.

Conversely, if you were to wait before seeing another doctor based on the first doctor’s initial assessment and it was later revealed that your condition could only be treated with medication, then the first physician could be said to have contributed to your pain and suffering.

Cancer Misdiagnosis

Early detection of cancer plays a key role in fighting it before it has a chance to spread to other parts of the body. Statically, you are much more likely to cure cancer during the beginning stages than later on. Your physician should be able to identify the potential of many cancers based on your current condition and medical history in order to make an early diagnosis.

In failing to diagnose cancer, your doctor could end up costing you thousands in medical expenses and put your personal health at risk. While it is unlikely this was intentional, the fact remains that the situation should be brought to light so that you can get help paying expenses and the medical field as a whole is reminded about the importance of staying vigilant.

As in most medical malpractice claims, it is almost impossible to prove your doctor was negligent in your cancer care without expert witness testimony. For people outside of the medical field, it is difficult to tell what a doctor could have done. Another physician will almost certainly need to be consulted in order to ascertain whether or not this mistake could have been avoided with more diligence.

There are several different types of cancer misdiagnoses an expert witness can help identify:

  • Failure to diagnose – When a medical professional fails to diagnose cancer when a more thorough examination was called for.
  • MisdiagnosisWhen a medical professional mistakes cancer for a different kind of cancer and wastes the patient’s time and money treating an unrelated condition.
  • Wrong diagnosis – It is not unheard of for a doctor to diagnose cancer in a patient that is cancer-free. Not only does this cause unnecessary stress, but the victim can also end up sinking money in treatments and tests that they never needed in the first place.

At Somera & Silva, LLP, we have a physician on staff and one of our co-founding attorneys is a licensed medical doctor. We can have medical professionals review your claim and offer their insight.

Call Our Boca Raton Misdiagnosis Lawyers Today

People can suffer a great deal when a physician is negligent and fails to diagnose a condition. The cost of your medical care can even increase because more intense treatment is needed for the issue now that it has advanced. The medical professional who misdiagnosed you should be responsible for these expenses and any pain you may have experienced as a result of their negligence.

We can help you hold the right people responsible. Call our failure to diagnose attorneys in Palm Beach County at (561) 221-6802 today.