When treating a medical condition, it is frequently the case that the earlier a diagnosis is made, the better the chance of effective treatment and a full recovery. This is true of a variety of cancers, as well as heart attack, stroke, and even a variety of infections and viruses such as Lyme’s disease or early stages of brain degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s. When a diagnosis is made in a timely way it provides many more options: Patients have more time to seek out the very best physician for what ails them, to go and get a second opinion, even to enroll in a clinical trial. On the other hand, a misdiagnosis delays getting proper treatment and can allow a condition to worsen unabated. If you or someone you love has been the victim of misdiagnosis, then you need the help of a Philadelphia misdiagnosis lawyer to help you receive justice. The attorneys at Bochetto & Lentz can help you get the compensation that you deserve. Call us today.
Misdiagnosis is a form of negligence known as medical malpractice. Medical malpractice, which is viewed as a failure to provide the same level of care that would be reasonably expected of another health care provider in the same area under the same or similar circumstances. There are a number of different types of medical malpractice, including surgery errors, anesthesia errors, prescription drug errors and birth injuries. Medical malpractice can be committed by a doctor, nurse, or other health care provider, and the effects can be devastating – death may even be the result. In the case of misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose, the result can be additional medical bills both from having treated the wrong condition and from having to provide more aggressive treatment for the right one once it has been correctly identified. The worsening of the condition can mean that options are fewer or more invasive than would have been true had the correct diagnosis been provided in a timely manner. When a physician diagnoses a patient with the wrong condition, that in and of itself can end up causing harm when the wrong medication or treatment is prescribed. All of these outcomes are the basis for a powerful medical misdiagnosis lawsuit that will provide you with the compensation you deserve for the damage that you’ve suffered.
The extent of the mistake made by a misdiagnosis is often dependent upon the actual condition that was not identified. In cases where a physician fails to identify cancer, the disease can metastasize into other parts of the body. When a cancer diagnosis is mistakenly made it can result in an unnecessary surgery, and even incorrect removal of body parts. Failure to diagnose a stroke or heart attack can lead to further incidents, or a delay in the provision of appropriate medication or rehabilitation. These are just a few examples of the harm that misdiagnosis can lead to. If you believe that a misdiagnosis has caused you or someone in your family serious injury or harm, call the misdiagnosis lawyers at Bochetto & Lentz today for aggressive legal representation.
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