Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Nov 15, 2018 in Medical Malpractice
Every year, thousands of people get the flu. However, doctors may still misdiagnose this condition as a cold, pneumonia or other medical condition. When a condition is misdiagnosed, a patient can miss out on important treatments. Additionally, he or she may receive unnecessary treatment that may actually cause harm.
If you believe that your flu was misdiagnosed due to a health care provider’s careless actions, the Phillips Law Group can help. Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys in Phoenix can review the circumstances surrounding your claim. We can discuss your legal rights during a free consultation and explain whether medical malpractice may be involved in your claim.
Flu symptoms are not the same for all patients. Each patient may experience a unique set of symptoms. Some of these symptoms can include:
Misdiagnosis often occurs because of human error. Health care providers must use the information they have available to them to properly diagnose patients. The flu has many symptoms that are common in other types of medical conditions, such as the common cold or pneumonia. Misdiagnosis can occur when a health care provider fails to run the proper tests or account for all of the patient’s symptoms.
A health care provider has a duty to properly diagnose a patient’s illness by using reasonable care. Even if a doctor misdiagnoses a patient, this does not necessarily mean that medical malpractice occurred.
The doctor can be held responsible for damages stemming from misdiagnosis if his or her actions are considered unreasonable for another medical professional under the same circumstances. It may require the use of a medical expert to testify about what procedures a reasonable health care provider would have followed under similar circumstances and how the doctor’s treatment deviated from the standard of care.
A misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis is a common medical mistake and may be negligent when the following four elements are present:
Every case for medical malpractice is unique. Judges and juries determine the presence of negligence on a case-by-case basis. They may conclude the health care provider’s misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis was negligent if they find it was caused by:
Misdiagnosis cases are often quite complex. The experienced medical malpractice attorneys at the Phillips Law Group have spent years pursuing compensation for patients who were injured due to health care providers’ negligent actions. This includes $3 million in damages for a medical malpractice case.
We can examine the specific circumstances involved in your case during a free consultation. We will analyze the circumstances to determine if your misdiagnosis was preventable. If you have a viable claim, we can help you pursue compensation for the additional medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering you have incurred. We will handle the legal case so that you can concentrate on your recovery.
Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We charge no upfront fees and only get paid if you recover for your claim.
We look forward to helping you. Call 1-800-706-3000 now.
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