Major medical diagnoses are life-changing events, which is why it can be surprising when people discover how rare it actually is to seek out a second opinion following the announcement of such a diagnosis-or the exclusion of it. In fact, there was a Gallup survey of Americans in the mid-2000s that covered 5,000 contributors and found that just about half reported never seeking a second opinion at all.
Every person should feel confident in their doctor's ability to treat them effectively. If you're suffering from any type of ailment, the first thing you do is see a doctor. So what happens when your doctor makes an error that causes harm to you?
A medical malpractice claim is not necessarily against your doctor or only against the doctor. A nurse can commit malpractice. The hospital itself or manufacturers of medical products could be liable. Or all of the above. It's not about a scattergun approach. It's about identifying the medical professionals or entities who contributed to your family's tragedy and holding them accountable.
Degenerative diseases can leave Ann Arbor patients with significant, life-altering health issues. When the bones and joints are affected, mobility can be severely limited and pain may be constant.
Failure to diagnose is serious for any victim of medical malpractice. A medical mistake such as a failure to diagnose can result in the wrong treatment, failed treatment or delayed treatment which can lead to a worsened medical condition or even death in some circumstances. Because of the serious harm that can be caused by a failure to diagnose, medical malpractice claim options may be available in a number of circumstances.
We often write here on our blog about things that can go wrong due to a provider's negligence during a surgical procedure. However, there's another risk factor during any surgery, major or minor, that doesn't depend on the surgeon at all.
As we discussed in our last blog post, not all negligence is equal. Sometimes a medical provider's actions (or inactions) amount to gross negligence. Not only is this likely to result in serious consequences for Ann Arbor victims, but gross negligence may also change the way evidence is handled in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Last week's post about the Michigan doctor who intentionally misdiagnosed cancer in his patients in order to bill them for expensive treatments (which in fact left many of them in a worsened medical condition) was different from the kind of stories we see on a day-to-day basis. This wasn't a case where a doctor tried to do his or her best to help the patient. This wasn't a case where a lack of training or unclear policies at a hospital lead to injury or illness. This was something much worse.
We've blogged in the past here on our Ann Arbor medical malpractice law blog about doctors who fail to provide an accurate diagnosis due to negligence. Some of their defenders will respond that they're only human and not immune to mistakes. Nevertheless, we need to recognize the rights of victims in these cases to seek compensation for their losses through a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Michiganders who go to the doctor expect prompt and attentive care that will uncover any medical conditions that require further attention, and rightly so. After all, doctors go through years of intense education and training before they are allowed to practice. On an everyday basis, these men and women hold the lives of others in their hands.