Tallahassee Misdiagnosis & Medical Malpractice Attorney
It may shock you to learn that in the United States each year, more than 12 million Americans are medically misdiagnosed, according to a study published in 2014 in the journal BMJ Quality & Safety. Misdiagnosis, or the act of a medical professional incorrectly identifying a particular disease or condition, can be extremely dangerous. While many misdiagnoses occur in a hospital setting, the rates of those who are misdiagnosed in outpatient clinics and doctors’ offices are also high.
Misdiagnosis can result in immediate and long-term medical trauma. Additionally, a misdiagnosis can be an emotional and trying event for an individual, as well as lead to extreme financial burden.
Misdiagnosis is one of the leading causes of medical malpractice payouts in the United States each year. And a 2013 study by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, appearing in BMJ Quality & Safety, reports that misdiagnosis claims that cause potentially preventable and permanent injuries or death range from 80,000 to 160,000 per year. If you have suffered harm due to a medical misdiagnosis, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages.
The Most Common Types of Misdiagnosed Conditions
An article published by CNN Health cites the most common misdiagnosed diseases as:
- aortic dissection;
- clogged arteries;
- heart attack; and
In some cases,misdiagnoses are a result of doctors failing to communicate with other professionals, misreading lab results, doctors’ failure to consider other possibilities after reaching an initial diagnosis, and doctors failing to adhere to screening guidelines.
It Is Important to Act Now
If you’re the victim of a medical practitioner’s misdiagnosis, you may be entitled to compensation if you suffered damages as a result. If the misdiagnosis did not cause damages, you may be unable to file a claim for damages.
In Florida, under Florida Chapter 766, there is a two-year statute of limitations for medical malpractice suits. Therefore, you have two years from the time you discovered your incorrect diagnosis to file a claim. Additionally, Florida law has a “statute of repose” which prevents a malpractice suit from being filed after a four-year period, regardless of whether or not you were aware of your misdiagnosis, unless fraud, misrepresentation or concealment was present.
As such, it is imperative to take immediate action if your doctor misdiagnosed your condition and it resulted in personal harm or injury.
Consult a Medical Malpractice Attorney
If you have sustained damages as the result of a medical professional’s negligence and misdiagnosis in Tallahassee, retain legal counsel to help guide you through the claims process. An attorney can give you advice about medical malpractice lawsuits, types of compensation for which you may be eligible, and what forms and documents you’ll need to file your claim.
Call the attorneys at Barrett, Fasig & Brooks in Tallahassee today. We can help you get started on your claim immediately. Contact us today at 850-224-3310 to set up your free initial consultation.