Medical malpractice attorneys work with individuals who are injured due to negligence, misdiagnosis, or mistreatment on the part of a doctor or other medical professionals. Though these lawsuits allege circumstances resulting in the personal damage of a patient, it is important to note that not all errors on the part of medical professionals and misdiagnosis result from malpractice. Errors and risk are intrinsic factors in the practice of medicine. However, malpractice attorneys become involved when:
Ø The patient believes they have sufferance significant injury.
Ø The facility or medical practitioner did not provide medical care to the patient within the standard of care expected from a professional.
Ø The negligence, lack of care, or medical mistake directly resulted in harm or injury to the patient.
The top five diseases that result in patients obtaining monetary compensation for malpractice suits are:
- Breast Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Colon Cancer/Rectal Cancer
- Heart Attacks
Often times, the allegations in a medical malpractice case are from misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or failure to promptly perform diagnostic testing. The delay of diagnosis or testing can result in the patient’s complications worsening and sometimes death. Because the end result of a misdiagnosis of breast cancer, lung cancer, colon/rectal cancer, heart attacks, and appendicitis is so severe, resulting legal cases occur and large monetary settlement can be reached.
Breast Cancer: Most cases regarding the misdiagnosis of breast cancer result for medical misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. In many cases, the severity of the breast lump or symptoms is not accounted for or perhaps underestimated. Often times, cancerous tissue is seen as benign or part of a fibrocystic condition, as this is far more typical then breast cancer. If a doctor or medical professional misdiagnosis breast cancer, the cancer may worsen over time and become increasingly difficult to cure.
Lung Cancer: Lung cancer is similar to breast cancer in that if misdiagnosed or given a delayed diagnosis, it can become difficult to treat and sometimes result in patient death.
ColonCancer/Rectal Cancer: Typical colon cancer cases result from misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, resulting in a poorer patient outcome. In cases of colon cancer/rectal cancer misdiagnosis, diagnostic methods either do not discover cancer or do but fail to diagnoses or report the cases. Sometimes cases may go unnoticed, often assumed to be IBS or “Irritable Bowel Syndrome."
Heart Attacks: Heart attacks can be misdiagnosed by medical providers who treat patients where the patient believes and the provide treatment who suffer from heartburn, acid reflux, or stomach pain. Despite their frequency, medical professionals also fail to diagnose heart attacks. Often times, a misdiagnosis can result from less common circumstances: if a patient isn’t experiencing intense chest pain or they are female and younger, the heart attack will go unnoticed. The delayed diagnosis can result in severe consequences to the patient’s health.
Appendicitis: Appendicitis is particularly difficult to diagnose in the emergency room because there are many other factors that cause abdominal pain. If overlooked, the consequences can be severe. Often time infants or very young children suffer from appendicitis and then suffer tragic outcomes because they are not diagnoses.
Malpractice Attorneys play a role in helping patients obtain fair compensation for their medical malpractice injuries or losses. Kreithen, Baron & Carpey believe that when you hire a medical professional, you should expect service that meets the appropriate standard of care. If that is not the case, you may have the right to obtain fair compensation. Kreithen, Baron & Carpey have had significant experience handling medical negligence cases and are willing to assist you to achieve positive results and compensation for your injuries. Learn more information by visiting our website and what Kreithen, Baron & Carpey Malpractice Attorneys can do for you.