Diagnosis is the core of successful medical treatment. This probably seems obvious – after all, a doctor cannot treat a condition without first identifying it. However, when we talk about medical malpractice, we don't always think about the role diagnosis can play in a tragic outcome.
The Duncan Firm knows this is a mistake. We have seen first-hand just how consequential a missed or mistaken diagnosis can be. Too often, these mistakes prove fatal. When a medical professional makes a mistake in the diagnostic stage, every treatment option that follows is compromised.
Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys have spent decades pursuing claims deriving from mistaken diagnoses. We can help you if you find yourself in this position.
What Qualifies as Medical Malpractice in a Diagnosis Error Case
The law recognizes that medicine is an exceptionally complicated endeavor. Diagnosing a serious condition isn't easy. A medical professional can do everything right, follow every protocol, and a diagnosis can still fall through the cracks. This is a tragic situation, but it's not always legally actionable.
Cases involving diagnosis errors are judged by the same standards as every other medical malpractice case. Put simply, you have to demonstrate that the medical professional in question violated a professional standard of care in attempting to diagnose your condition. A “standard of care” is defined as a protocol or procedure a reasonable medical professional could be expected to follow in a given situation.
In other words, missing a diagnosis isn't sufficient for a medical malpractice case. You must prove that a standard of care was violated in the process. Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys can thoroughly evaluate your case to determine if it meets the legal standard for a claim and provide you with learned advice and counsel.
Commonly Missed or Misdiagnosed Conditions
We have seen time and time again that serious conditions, when misdiagnosed, can result in serious injury to innocent patients. Every year, tens of thousands of Americans die as a result of avoidable medical errors, many of which occur during the diagnosis period.
Our Little Rock medical malpractice attorneys have helped clients who were hurt as the result of missed diagnoses related to some of the following conditions:
- Heart disease
- Lyme disease
- Thyroid conditions
This isn't an exhaustive list, of course. You can trust that our firm has the specialized experience required to thoroughly evaluate your claim and then provide you with the skilled legal representation you deserve.
We are Here for You
There is, of course, no way to undo the damages caused by medical negligence, but there are ways to collect compensation for both the economic and noneconomic consequences of healthcare malpractice. The Arkansas medical malpractice lawyers at the Duncan Firm work with experts in the healthcare industry and apply our state-of-the-art case management techniques to help establish liability and secure compensation in these complex and hard-to-win cases. We welcome an opportunity to meet with you free of charge to discuss your case and help you determine the most effective way to get the compensation you deserve.