Know Your Rights Following A Misdiagnosis Or Delayed Diagnosis
Patients come to Michigan health care facilities with any number of illnesses or injuries. It is up to the highly trained medical professionals to determine the cause and the most effective course of treatment. All too commonly, doctors or nurses miss telltale signs of a condition or fail to order the appropriate diagnostic tests in a timely manner. If you or a loved one has suffered due to a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, you may be entitled to recover monetary damages from the wrongdoers in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
What Types Of Diagnosis Are Malpractice?
At Goethel Engelhardt, PLLC, our attorneys handle a wide range of diagnostic error cases that tend to fall into three categories: misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis and failure to diagnose. Frequent examples include:
- Failure to timely diagnose cancer
- Failure to diagnose and treat a heart attack
- Failure to timely diagnose and treat stroke
It is not uncommon for doctors to wait to gather as much information as possible before settling on a diagnosis and plan for treatment. Unfortunately, in many instances, the efficient diagnosis of an illness is crucial to stop the spread of infection or a worsening condition.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if my doctor has been negligent in their diagnosis? As with most medical practices, there are certain standards and procedures that must be followed when interacting with a patient. Depending upon your initial medical issue, often warning signs may have gone unnoticed because a doctor was not vigilant. If your illness was especially time-sensitive, such as a heart attack, stroke or cancer diagnosis, this can be particularly harmful to your overall medical care.
How much does a diagnosis error case cost? Depending upon your circumstances, costs for a malpractice case will vary. We must obtain all the pertinent medical records, review and then discuss them with expert witnesses. However, none of these costs will be billed to you upfront, as you owe nothing to us unless your case is successful.
When should I start my case? It is imperative that you file your malpractice suit as soon as possible after you suspect there has been an issue with a misdiagnosis, delay in diagnosis or other diagnosis error. Although there are some exceptions, generally in Michigan a medical malpractice case must be brought within two years of the negligent diagnosis or malpractice. If you have questions or suspect misdiagnosis, you should contact our firm as soon as possible to discuss the process.