Medical professionals responsible for diagnosing patients’ conditions must follow appropriate diagnostic methods and use appropriate tools to minimize the margin of error in their diagnoses. Medicine is uncertain in many respects, and there are many different medical conditions that mirror the symptoms of others. However, a differential diagnosis procedure entails a process of elimination designed to reach the most likely diagnosis for a patient.
When diagnosing physicians fail to use an appropriate differential diagnosis process, patient harm may result. It is also possible for a physician to harm a patient through failure to provide a diagnosis, providing an incorrect diagnosis, or taking too long to deliver a diagnosis. If you believe your recent medical injury resulted from a diagnosing physician’s negligence and another similarly skilled medical professional could have managed a correct diagnosis in the same situation, you likely have grounds for a malpractice claim.
Goethel Engelhardt, PLLC, is a team of experienced attorneys who have helped many past clients navigate complex medical malpractice claims in Lansing, often reaching much better results than they initially expected. If you believe you have the grounds to start a medical malpractice case related to a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, an experienced Lansing misdiagnosis attorney is an essential asset to ensure accountability for the damages you suffered.
A medical misdiagnosis case can potentially involve many different damages, and each victim will face a unique recovery process and different challenges in their recovery efforts. When a physician fails to diagnose a patient in a timely manner, the patient’s condition may worsen to critical levels or cause a cascading effect that generates additional medical problems for the victim. If a doctor delivers an incorrect diagnosis because of any type of negligence in the diagnostic process, the patient may suffer tremendous harm, and this can form the basis of their medical malpractice case.
Any misdiagnosis can be severely harmful. A patient given an incorrect diagnosis may then be subjected to treatments that may cause additional problems and do nothing to address their actual condition. Your Lansing misdiagnosis attorney will be essential for proving that the defendant in your case caused actual harm through a failure to meet the standard of care you required for your diagnostic process.
Michigan law allows the medical malpractice case plaintiff to seek full compensation for all the economic losses the defendant caused them to suffer, such as the cost of corrective medical care they required, any ongoing medical treatment costs they face, and lost income and lost earning potential if the incident has interfered with the victim’s ability to work. The plaintiff may also claim pain and suffering compensation, and a Lansing misdiagnosis attorney is the best asset they can have when it comes to maximizing the final compensation they receive.
The statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases is two years, and this time limit begins on the date an injury occurs. The average person may think this is more than enough time to file their case, but it is always best to start as soon as possible to have the best chance of success. In addition, there are preliminary steps you must complete before filing your case, and working with a Lansing misdiagnosis attorney can substantially streamline this process.
The basis of any medical malpractice case is a failure to meet the standard of care required for a patient’s condition. However, an injured patient cannot proceed directly to filing a lawsuit against their doctor after an injury from misdiagnosis. However, an experienced Lansing misdiagnosis attorney can help their client secure an affidavit of merit from a qualified medical professional and draft their Notice of Intent to File Suit against the defendant before filing the medical malpractice claim.
Medicine is an inherently uncertain field, and there is a reasonable margin for error with many medical procedures. There is also a margin of error in diagnosing patients’ conditions. To proceed with a misdiagnosis claim in Lansing, the claimant must prove the defendant named in their case failed to meet the standard of care their condition required. An affidavit of merit is a signed formal declaration from a health care professional who holds similar qualifications to the defendant, explaining how the defendant failed to meet the standard of care in the situation in question and what they should have done differently.
State law permits the medical malpractice case plaintiff to seek full repayment of all the economic losses incurred due to the defendant’s actions. These economic damages are likely to include the cost of all necessary corrective treatment they require to heal from the injury, long-term treatment costs if their injury is severe enough to require any ongoing care, and lost income if they cannot return to work because of the injury. They can also claim pain and suffering compensation, but this aspect of their recovery is limited by state law.
A medical malpractice claim may technically be a type of personal injury case, but there are many strict procedural rules that apply to this type of case. While there is no legal requirement for the victim to hire legal representation, doing so will dramatically increase their chance of success with their case. Legal counsel you can trust also increases the chances of maximizing your recovery as much as Michigan law allows.
Goethel Engelhardt, PLLC, offers individualized, compassionate, and meticulous legal counsel to victims of medical malpractice in the Lansing area. Any diagnostic error could cause a patient’s true condition to worsen, subject them to ineffective or even harmful treatments, and lead to a host of damages. If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to a healthcare professional’s diagnostic error, contact us today and schedule a case review with a Lansing misdiagnosis attorney.
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