Misdiagnosis and Medical Malpractice
Receiving the correct diagnosis is the most important step in a patient’s recovery. Unfortunately, there are times that an illness is diagnosed too late, misdiagnosed, or not diagnosed at all. When this happens, it can prove extremely dangerous for the patient and can lead to worsening of the condition and even death in some cases.
We trust doctors to give us an accurate diagnosis and treatment, but when they make an incorrect decision, it can result in catastrophe. Florida laws say that if you are harmed by the negligence of a doctor or other medical professional that misdiagnosis you or delays the diagnosis, you can file a claim against them to recover damages.
Proving a Misdiagnosis
Florida laws say that you may not sue a medical practitioner simply due to a diagnostic error because even experienced and skillful doctors make honest mistakes. These mistakes don’t always mean that the care they provided you was inadequate. Consequently, to prove medical malpractice, you must be able to show that the diagnostic error was due to the negligence of the medical provider, or that the care they gave you was less than the generally accepted standards of medical care.
You will also have to prove that their diagnostic error resulted in harm to you. While some misdiagnosis cause very few problems, others can be severe and even result in death. In cases where the error caused severe injuries or death, it may be feasible to file a lawsuit for medical malpractice.
Contact a Florida Medical Malpractice Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has been harmed due to the misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of your condition you may be entitled to compensation. However, proving medical malpractice is complex and often involves statements and testimony of expert witnesses. That’s why it is imperative that you have an attorney experienced in medical malpractice laws on your side. The attorneys at Leifer & Ramirez will work to ensure that your case is handled as quickly and professionally as possible to get you the compensation that you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation at one of our convenient Florida locations.