Delayed Diagnosis, Misdiagnosis, And Failure To Diagnose
An incorrect diagnosis in an emergency room or a doctor’s office often leads to tragic results. If a doctor fails to diagnose cancer quickly, for example, it can metastasize and become untreatable. Failure to correctly diagnose a heart attack or a stroke in an emergency room can cost a patient’s life. In some cases, doctors can also diagnose a patient with an illness they do not have and subject them to harmful treatments (such as radiation treatments).
If you have been injured or suffered complications due to an incorrect or delayed diagnosis in a Miami area hospital, emergency room, or healthcare facility, there are legal options available to you. You may be able to file a medical malpractice claim in Miami or your community, for example. Compensation from a claim can help pay for additional medical care so that you can recover more fully from your complications and can help pay for lost wages and other expenses. Since the cost of an incorrect diagnosis can be so high for the patient, it is important to discuss your likely future costs and your legal options with a personal injury attorney in Miami or your community. If you're looking for an experienced personal injury attorney, the Flaxman Law Group is always available via phone at 1-866-FLAXMAN (1-866-352-9626) or through the law firm website.Can I File a Medical Malpractice Claim in Miami or my Community?
In order to successfully file an emergency room negligence case or medical malpractice case in Miami or any Florida community, the plaintiff needs to be able to prove three things:
- Negligence. The plaintiff and their Miami personal injury attorney must be able to prove that the doctor or emergency room personnel did not just commit a mistake but caused an injury through negligence, recklessness, or a wrongful act. Usually, this requires expert witnesses who can attest to the fact that another medical professional in the same situation and with the same training and same information at hand would have made different choices in the case.
- Causation. A plaintiff must be able to show that the actions of a medical professional directly caused an injury or a fatality. In an emergency room negligence case, this can be especially challenging since medical professionals (and their insurance defense teams) may argue that a patient was already too ill when they came to the emergency room to expect a better outcome.
- Damages. In a medical malpractice claim in Miami or any Florida city, the plaintiff must be able to show that the medical staff’s actions that led to an injury that caused tangible damages – such as lost wages, increased medical bills, and other expenses.
If you are uncertain whether you have a claim, it is advisable to speak with a personal injury attorney in Miami or your community before you make any final decisions. An attorney from the Flaxman Law Group, for example, can meet with you in a free, no obligation consultation. They can review your case, can tell you whether you have a case, can help you understand the likely total costs of your injuries, and can help you understand your rights and options so that you can make an informed decision in your case.