When people think of medical malpractice, they often imagine a botched procedure or surgery that left a patient with immediate, debilitating effects. In many instances, this type of scenario does constitute a form of malpractice, but it's also what your doctor DIDN'T detect or do that can qualify you for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Failure to diagnose a medical condition and/or misdiagnosis by you doctor, surgeon, hospital or nurse has possibly led to your developing a new medical condition, or caused further problems for a known health issue. The number of complications and health concerns that arise from misdiagnosis are too many to count.
Our Michigan medical malpractice lawyers uncovered a past statistic from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that cited errors in the medical field as the fifth-leading cause of deaths in the United States. The number of incidents that occur annually in Michigan number in the thousands, and several of these occurrences are a result of misdiagnosis.
The following list of examples are meant to show you how seemingly harmless conditions (and more obvious ones) that are left undiagnosed can result in serious health complications or possibly have fatal consequences. (As stated above, there are countless symptoms that if misdiagnosed can lead to a medical malpractice lawsuit, so this list is by no means all-inclusive.)
• Pain in a person's abdomen: if left undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, the condition could possibly turn out to be appendicitis
• Lump in a person's breast: if left undiagnosed, the condition may have been a signal indicating breast cancer
• Bleeding in the Rectum: if left undiagnosed or if misdiagnosed can potentially lead to colorectal cancer
• Coughing: may be a symptom of mesothelioma or lung cancer
To determine whether or not medical malpractice has occurred, you can call the malpractice lawyers in our Michigan office and speak with them about your specific experience. However, keep in mind that depending on the potential damage that was created due to a misdiagnosis, it may take days, weeks, or months to determine if the symptoms you're now experiencing were a result of the doctor's failure to properly diagnose.
Our clients don't pay upfront investigation costs
For our medical malpractice lawyers to prove your misdiagnosis warrants a medical malpractice claim, there will need to be a substantial amount of work done on your behalf, including a professional investigation, ordering of medical records, and the likely hiring of experts to testify on your behalf. Misdiagnosis cases can be extremely expensive to pursue. Fortunately, we are able to front all of the costs associated with building your claim, and you'll never be asked to pay any fees while we wok on your behalf.
Misdiagnosis malpractice lawsuit time limits
Michigan has a strict set of laws regarding the time limits in which you are allowed to bring suit against their doctor or other negligent party to recover for damages incurred due to misdiagnosis claims. In legal speak it is known as your statute of limitations. The time-limit for filing such claims varies from one state to another, but the safest way to protect yourself from missing deadlines is to have a Medical malpractice attorney secure your statute date be handling your claim and filing the proper paperwork on your behalf.
Ultimately, the time you have to file a misdiagnosis claim in Michigan will depend on several factors, including when you became aware of the injury, your age, as well as other variables that we can determine through during your free consultation.
If you believe that you or a family member has suffered from medical malpractice related to misdiagnosis, contact the St. Joe, Michigan law offices of Keller & Keller to review your potential case. There is never any cost to speak to our attorneys and the advice is always FREE.