The patients of doctors, surgeons, nurses, dentists, and psychiatrists are all reliant on the professional opinions and treatment of those who have been designated to care for their needs. Unfortunately, not always are these medical professionals capable of providing the medicinal and therapeutic support that they need. In fact, a number of medical malpractice claims have been brought to the attention of attorneys whose clients were victimized by the misdiagnosis of their medical care provider.
The misdiagnosis of a medical condition, whether it be an illness, injury, or disease, could result in serious complications. Along with a misdiagnosis comes the mistreatment of the patient, which is where the true heart of the problem lies. When a patient is diagnosed incorrectly they will consequently be treated incorrectly, which will inevitably jeopardize their health and wellbeing.
During the time spent treating a patient for the wrong condition, or not treating them at all (due to a doctor's failure to diagnose the patient's symptoms), a person's health can significantly worsen, if not fail entirely. It is at this point that the intention and professionalism of the medical care provider involved be called into question.
Patients who've suffered the consequences of a misdiagnosis will inarguably require the attention of a lawyer. At The Law Office of James H. Wood PC, an Albuquerque personal injury attorney is available to support victims of diagnostic errors, guiding people through the steps that are necessary to effectively prove that medical malpractice was involved. We have dedicated the past two decades and beyond to providing strong representation to the victims of medical negligence, thus allowing us to feel confident in our ability to effectively prove the existence of the diagnostic error that led to the personal harm of an unsuspecting patient.
Proving the responsibility of a doctor for any type of diagnostic error is not an easy task, nor should it be undertaken by an inexperienced lawyer. By law, the burden of proof falls on the patient, which means that the victim of the diagnostic error will be expected to prove that the misdiagnosis actually occurred.
To do so, a patient and their legal representative must be able to show that an inaccurate diagnosis was made under the following circumstances:
A key aspect involved in proving that medical negligence is to blame for a doctor's misdiagnosis is the patient's ability to prove that their doctor failed to provide the same level of care that would have been delivered by another doctor of a similar specialty. It is exactly this type of evidential support that our legal team is so adept at finding and proving in court. Specifically, we research the ways in which the doctor failed to include a correct diagnosis of the patient on the differential diagnosis list, thereby proving the existence of a diagnostic error.
If our first tactic is not fruitful in uncovering the proof that we need, we can instead analyze whether or not the proper analytic tests were conducted. Looking at the medical tests that were performed prior to diagnosis could support the notion that a diagnosis (even if it was an accurate diagnosis) was made in error. Diagnoses require that the appropriate tests be conducted, and professional opinions be sought, before a diagnosis is conclusively made. If it can be proven that a medical provider failed to take necessary actions in their research, the medical malpractice claim will be increasingly more valid.
At The Law Office of James H. Wood PC, your medical malpractice claim will be attended to by a legal professional whose experience and past successes prove our ability to effectively represent your case. Dedicated to the practice of personal injury law, our legal team is unwilling to let the victims of a misdiagnosis in Albuquerque go without professional representation in court.
When you work with The Law Office of James H. Wood PC, you will be working with a Board Certified Trial Lawyer. Victims of medical malpractice will benefit from the legal acumen of an attorney who is willing to come to them, whether at home or in the hospital. If you are currently suffering from an injury or illness that resulted from misdiagnosis, contact us today.