What is Medical Malpractice?
Misdiagnosis medical malpractice lawsuit Washington, D.C., Maryland, VirginiaMedical malpractice is a form of professional negligence. Medical malpractice occurs when the treatment provided falls below the accepted standard of practice in the medical community and causes injury or even death to the patient. To prove medical malpractice, you normally must demonstrate to a court several elements were present.
- Doctor-patient relationship: A doctor was hired and he or she agreed to provide treatment
- Doctor was negligent: Was the doctor reasonably skillful and careful in his or her medical treatment? Many states have medical malpractice laws which require plaintiffs to demonstrate the competence of the attending physician was substandard and whether there was a deviation from the medical standard for care.
- The doctor’s negligence caused injury: Plaintiffs must demonstrate to courts that their doctor’s negligence more than likely lead directly to an injury.
- The injury suffered caused actual damages: Did the injury cause damages like physical and emotional pain and suffering, lead to lost wages, or cause the plaintiff to incur additional medical bills?
Most Frequently Misdiagnosed Conditions
Misdiagnosis may fall within the definition of medical malpractice when a doctor’s diagnosis error leads to the wrong treatment, delayed treatment, or absolutely no treatment at all, your condition can become much worst, and you can possibly die. A doctor’s misdiagnosis is a form of medical malpractice because you are undergoing treatment that is not needed that can alter your health.
We have represented many people suffering from the results of undiagnosed or misdiagnosed medical conditions, including:
- Labor and child birth complications
- Bacterial meningitis
- Heart attack
- Stroke: The American Heart Association discovered that young adults with stroke symptoms are commonly misdiagnosed with vertigo, migraine, or drunkenness. Despite someone’s age, stroke symptoms such a vision issues, confusion, numbness, and difficulty speaking or walking require immediate medical attention.
- Lyme Disease: Misdiagnosis of Lyme disease can cause delays in diagnosis and treatment for the actual conditions. The symptoms of Lyme Disease are that of arthritis, erythema migrans rash, and facial palsy
These conditions may go undiagnosed if a physician fails to listen to a patient’s concerns or improperly accounts for medical history. In other cases, diseases can go undiagnosed when a physician fails to order appropriate testing, or improperly analyzes or follows up with test results. A failure to diagnose a patient who has been diligent in their search for answers is entirely unacceptable, regardless of the patient’s race, gender or socioeconomic status.
An undiagnosed condition can result in:
- Additional medical bills
- Invasive treatment
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
How Our Attorneys can Help
The personal injury attorneys at The Cochran Firm DC are devoted to helping victims of medical malpractice receive compensation for the costs of their undiagnosed condition. We will work closely with you and your family, and we will ensure you receive the personalized attention your claim deserves. At The Cochran Firm DC, you are in direct contact with an actual attorney, and we have the resources, talent and experience to confront even the most powerful of wrongdoers.
Medical malpractice lawsuits are incredibly difficult to win. Our attorneys know the ins and outs of the system and have never backed down to the powerful interests of the medical community. We often seek reform when we take claims to trial, working not only to win for you the maximum compensation you are due but to also help prevent medical negligence in the future. We have the technology and combined resources of the national Cochran Firm to effectively investigate and present your case.
If you or a loved one has suffered additional damages following a failure to diagnose in Washington, D.C., Maryland, or Northern Virginia, please contact the medical malpractice attorneys at The Cochran Firm DC to schedule a free consultation today. Our live support representatives are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-THE-FIRM (843-3476). During business hours, you may also contact our local number at 202-682-5800.