Having a serious disease is scary enough. We must be able to trust our medical professionals to diagnose and treat diseases effectively. Sometimes however, diseases are completely misdiagnosed, leading to the wrong treatment or no treatment at all. When a doctor negligently misdiagnoses a disease, and injury results, he or she may be guilty of medical malpractice, and injured parties may be entitled to collect compensation.
Studies have shown that as many as 12 million Americans are affected by diagnostic errors. Commonly misdiagnosed diseases are diseases that are especially rare, or especially common. Some common misdiagnoses include:
This is not an exhaustive list of misdiagnosed diseases, and any disease can be misdiagnosed when a physician isn’t paying careful attention to your symptoms and your medical history. Do your best to keep careful records, and get as many opinions as you need to arrive at the right diagnosis. Your doctor owes you a certain standard of care, he or she must treat you as most other doctors in similar circumstances would. Failing to reach this threshold standard of care is medical malpractice. If you’ve been harmed because of a negligent misdiagnosis of a serious disease, contact a Chicago personal injury attorney to evaluate your case and seek the compensation you deserve. Don’t hesitate, medical malpractice claims have some of the shortest statutes of limitations, and time could be running out to file yours.
Call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. at (312) 236-2900 to speak with a dedicated and experienced personal injury lawyer who can help you evaluate your case.