Protecting People After A Misdiagnosis

The most common cause of medical malpractice claims in the United States is the failure to diagnose a serious or life threatening condition. The conditions often go on to devastating outcomes because of the failure to diagnose and treat the original condition. These cases arise when the doctor, physician's assistant or nurse practitioner fails to recognize signs and symptoms that should have led to a diagnosis. There are also grounds for a medical negligence lawsuit they misdiagnose a patient's serious medical condition - such as cancer or heart attack - resulting in ineffective treatment.

If you or a loved one has suffered complications or injuries as a result of a misdiagnosis, or if there has been a wrongful death in the family as a result of medical negligence, the experienced attorneys at Mitchell & Shapiro can help. Each medical negligence and cancer misdiagnosis lawyer at our Atlanta, Georgia office has the knowledge and experience needed to provide informed legal counsel and the determination required to successfully represent you in court, if necessary. If you or a loved one suffered a personal injury as a result of medical negligence, contact our medical malpractice attorneys today and schedule a free consultation.

Medical Misdiagnosis

When a person comes to a hospital or other medical facility, he or she has the right to expect medical treatment within the standard of care. Every physician, as well as members of the auxiliary staff, has a professional duty to use his or her education and training as well as the medical tools available to make a diagnosis and to initiate appropriate treatment.

Diagnostic medical negligence can occur when a serious condition is not properly diagnosed or when an alternative condition is diagnosed. In either situation the person may not receive the necessary treatment to cure a disease or prevent a life threatening or disabling result from his or her condition. In fact, incorrect treatment can exacerbate the patient's problem, or cause new complications.

Misdiagnosis occurs when a medical professional inaccurately evaluates and diagnoses a patient's condition. If you or a loved one has been the victim of cancer misdiagnosis or the failure to diagnose a stroke, a heart attack, a spinal abscess, a toxic insult, a serious infection or other dangerous condition, a medical negligence lawyer at our Atlanta, Georgia law office can help. Our attorneys have the experience needed to help victims hold negligent medical professionals responsible for their mistakes.

Contact Our Atlanta, Georgia, Medical Negligence Lawyers

Not every misdiagnosis merits a medical negligence claim. Sometimes, the mistake does not lead to a serious outcome and sometimes the disease may have been too advanced for available treatment to have made a difference.

At Mitchell & Shapiro, an experienced medical negligence and cancer misdiagnosis lawyer can evaluate your claim and determine if the rendered medical care failed to meet the standard of treatment that can be expected. If it can be proven that a health care provider failed to perform his or her duties with an acceptable and professional level of competence and that failure caused a serious outcome that could have been prevented, then that individual can be held liable for the damage caused. To discuss your potential claim, contact a medical negligence and cancer misdiagnosis lawyer at our Atlanta, Georgia, office today.