All medical care begins with a diagnosis of the patient’s problem. If the diagnosis is incorrect, the patient may receive treatment that is wrong for their condition or they may receive no treatment at all. The implications of a misdiagnosis or a delayed diagnosis may be as serious as life or death.
A recent study found that 12 million adults in the United States are misdiagnosed in an outpatient setting every year. About half of these errors could potentially be harmful, researchers said. A prior study said as many as 40,500 critically ill hospitalized patients in the U.S. may die annually because clinicians fail to diagnose life-threatening conditions, such as heart attack and stroke.
In yet another study, researchers found that most patients are discharged from emergency rooms without a diagnosis that explains the likely cause of their symptoms.
If you believe your medical condition or a loved one’s was made worse by an improper or delayed diagnosis, the medical malpractice lawyers at Kraft & Associates, P.C., would like to talk with you. We help people like you from Dallas and throughout North Texas obtain compensation for the harm done by preventable medical errors, including improper diagnoses.
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When a patient has had medical treatment delayed because of a diagnosis error, it is usually because of a preventable mistake. There are multiple tests and diagnostic tools available to doctors, physician’s assistants, nurses and other medical personnel to diagnose medical conditions based on the symptoms a patient presents.
A missed or delayed diagnosis may result from negligence such as:
Sometime it’s a simple act of carelessness, but in other cases it is a series of breakdowns within the medical facility’s system. A hospital, lab, clinic or other medical practice may have faulty protocols for ordering, performing and communicating results of diagnostic tests, which lead to lapses and improper diagnoses.
According to a CBS News report that considered several studies of missed, delayed and improper diagnoses, “Studies repeatedly have found that diagnostic errors, which are more common in primary-care settings, typically result from flawed ways of thinking, sometimes coupled with negligence, and not because a disease is rare or exotic.”
Ten commonly misdiagnosed diseases include:
A medical malpractice claim based on a diagnosis error typically must show that:
Determining the facts in a potential medical malpractice case is often a time-consuming process that requires the work of legal investigators and medical consultants. But those who have been harmed by preventable medical errors, including improper or delayed diagnosis, have a right to seek compensation for the injuries and losses they have suffered.
If you believe your medical condition was made worse by an improper or delayed medical diagnosis, the medical malpractice attorneys of Kraft & Associates, P.C., in Dallas may be able to help you. Our legal team conducts thorough investigations and analyses of potential medical malpractice cases, and aggressively pursues claims that can move forward.
Because of strict statute-of-limitations deadlines on medical malpractice cases in Texas, work on your potential claim should start as soon as possible. Contact Kraft & Associates as soon as possible to set up a free and confidential review of your case. Reach us by filling out our online form, e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phoning (214) 999-9999.