When you go to the doctor with an ailment, you expect to be thoroughly examined, informed of your diagnoses, and then prescribed treatment so that you can be made better. What you do not expect is for a misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose to occur, resulting in further injury to you and your body. When your doctor fails to diagnose you or misdiagnoses you, the consequences of such actions can be life threatening. When this happens, if you are further injured as a result, you have the right to be compensated for your injuries. Therefore, if you or a loved one has been injured due to your doctor failing to diagnose a medical condition or misdiagnosing a medical condition, you should speak with an experienced Maryland medical malpractice attorney who can help you determine whether you have a case.
Failure to Diagnose or Misdiagnose
When you have a failure to diagnose claim, this claim occurs as result of a medical practitioner not detecting or not using the necessary tools and equipment to detect a disease even though there was a reasonable suspicion of such. If your doctor was negligent in the above and as a result, the injuries you had worsened or you sustained new injuries, then you may have a medical malpractice claim. Some of the more common misdiagnosed injuries include:
- Skin cancer
- Breast cancer
- Colorectal cancer
The person who was responsible for the misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose will be deemed the negligent party and a claim may be made against him or her. In Maryland, once you have discovered an injury, you generally have three years to file a medical malpractice claim before you are barred from bringing an action against your medical provider. Because of this, seeking an attorney right away is most beneficial to ensure that you are compensated for your injuries.
Need Legal Advice?
Even though doctors are human, and sometimes make mistakes, we expect them to know everything. When you go to your doctor seeking medical treatment and he or she fails to diagnose your symptoms or misdiagnoses your symptoms, the harm can be that much more impactful. If an injury occurs as a result of your provider’s negligence, you have a right to be compensated for the injuries that you have sustained. If you or a loved one have sustained injuries as a result of a misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose, contact Hassan, Hassan & Tuchman, PA so that we can evaluate your claim and help you strategize about the best possible outcomes for your case.