Imagine going to the doctor’s office for a routine checkup, and as the doctor marks off the many things on his or her list that need to be completed, he or she finds something that surprises them. They run some tests and determine that you have a serious medical condition that needs to be dealt with right away. You start getting very scared, and understandably so.
As the days pass and you start preparing for the intense treatment you are going to need to address your newfound (and unfortunate) medical situation, your doctor calls you out of the blue: “Oh by the way, we incorrectly diagnosed your condition. You’re fine!”
While the above hypothetical is a bit dramatic, it also illustrates an important point: doctors and medical professionals are not perfect. They are not infallible. They do, in fact, make mistakes from time to time. A misdiagnosis is just one of the potential errors that a doctor may make. And specific to misdiagnoses, often the patient isn’t lucky enough to walk away with no medical condition. Usually they are told they are fine initially, only to find out later that the doctor missed something important — and that they do, in fact, have a serious medical condition.
When you are the victim of medical malpractice, it is imperative to get an attorney as soon as possible to review your legal situation. At Mitchell & Shaprio, we have helped many Atlanta residents in the wake of poor medical care or negligent practices by medical professionals.