When is it best to sue if you are wrongfully diagnosed?
More people than you would imagine experience a misdiagnosis an/or delayed diagnosis from a doctor than you would think. The Institute of America reported that around 100,000 people die each year and that 12 million diagnostic errors occur every year. These type of medical errors are also the leading type of paid medical malpractice claims.
Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis are a severe problem as they not only cause a delay in tending to the correct issue but in some cases make the issue worse. This has contributed to making medical errors the third leading cause of death following cancer and heart disease.
Medical Malpractice cases are based on the idea of negligence on the part of the physician. Your doctor has a duty o provide you the correct care. When that duty is breached by incorrect diagnosis your condition most likely becomes worse due to not tending to the problem or in some cases the actions prescribed by the doctor following the misdiagnosis make the condition worse. When this situation occurs, the harm you suffered is quantifiable and can be due some level of compensation.
Any form of misdiagnosis should be reviewed by a legal professional. Contact The Law Offices of Karp & Hart today for a FREE legal consultation on your medical malpractice case.