Diagnosis is perhaps the most critical part of any interaction you have with your doctor or nurse. It defines the kind of treatment you receive, if you receive any at all. When diagnosis errors happen, complex medical malpractice claims likely follow. If your treatment was delayed due to the failure to diagnose, it is time to get legal assistance from experienced and highly aggressive medical malpractice attorneys who can handle the unique challenges of misdiagnosis claims.
At Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd., our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers have extensive experience handling injury and wrongful death cases on behalf of patients and families affected by a misdiagnosis. If you believe you've been affected by a misdiagnosis, please contact our offices today.
Misdiagnosis Can Have Devastating Consequences
When a health care provider fails to diagnose a medical condition, a patient may experience devastating effects, including a shortened life span. It is difficult for any patient to be diagnosed with a fatal condition, but to find out something could have been done to fight the symptoms if diagnosed at an earlier stage can cause significant harm.
Misdiagnosis could mean one of the following:
- Delay in diagnosing a fatal condition, which in turn may prevent starting a course of treatment that could cure or otherwise help the patient
- Mistaking a condition for another condition, meaning the wrong treatment may be administered
- Failing to diagnose a treatment altogether
Compensation May Ease The Struggles
No matter what the case, a doctor who misdiagnoses a condition should be and can be held accountable for his or her actions. Of course, there is nothing that can be done to reverse or change a failed diagnosis; however, financial compensation may help ease some of the challenges a patient and his/her family will now face.
For instance, financial compensation may help a patient seek out and pay for high-quality treatments or in-home care that can help increase his/her quality of life while struggling with his/her health. And, in cases involving the death of a patient, the money may be used to help surviving family members pay for outstanding medical costs, as well as funeral and burial expenses.
When A Misdiagnosis Occurs In A Chicago-Area Health Care Facility
Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd., has the resources and experience necessary to stand up to hospitals and their insurance companies when something goes wrong. We are very passionate about helping victims of medical malpractice seek and recover compensation for their injuries and losses and are ready to help you.
CNN reports that the five most commonly misdiagnosed diseases are:
- Aortic dissection
- Heart attack
- Clogged arteries
Contact A Qualified Chicago, Illinois, Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered from being wrongly diagnosed, it is important to know that you have legal rights. The compassionate and highly skilled medical malpractice lawyers at Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd., can help you seek a recovery.
To schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Chicago medical malpractice lawyer, contact Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd., at 872-225-0195.