Obtaining an accurate diagnosis is the first step to treating any medical condition effectively. As a result, when a medical professional misdiagnoses a condition, the patient’s health can quickly deteriorate. If you or someone close to you has suffered harm due to a misdiagnosis, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. At the Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, our Baltimore misdiagnosis lawyers understand how to navigate these complex claims and can help protect your rights at every step of the way. We are meticulous and aggressive in preparing and pursuing a misdiagnosis case.A Misdiagnosis Can Cause Serious Injuries
According to a study published in the journal BMJ Quality & Safety, approximately 12 million adults who seek outpatient medical care are misdiagnosed. This figure translates to one out of every 20 adult patients, and researchers have found that in about half of those cases, the misdiagnosis had the potential to result in severe harm. A misdiagnosis occurs when a medical professional incorrectly diaagnoses a patient’s medical condition or injury. It can involve diagnosing a disease that is not present or failing to diagnose a disease that is present, as well as an unreasonable delay in making a diagnosis. A misdiagnosis may result from some of the following situations:
- Failing to order appropriate tests;
- Failing to follow up appropriately on tests;
- Incorrectly interpreting test results when the interpretation should be clear;
- Failing to take the patient’s medical history into account; or
- Failing to recognize symptoms.
A misdiagnosis often forms the basis of a Maryland medical malpractice claim. Medical malpractice, also known as medical or health care negligence, is the legal term used to refer to a medical professional’s failure to adhere to the accepted standard of care, thereby causing a patient’s injuries. The standard of care refers to the level of care that a reasonably prudent medical professional in the same specialty would have used under the same or similar circumstances. In order to establish medical malpractice, a misdiagnosis lawyer in the Baltimore area must demonstrate that the medical professional owed the patient a duty of care, the medical professional breached the duty of care owed to the patient by failing to adhere to the accepted standard of care, and the medical professional’s breach was a direct cause of the patient’s harm.
When a diagnosis error leads to the wrong treatment, delayed treatment, or no treatment at all, a patient’s condition can significantly worsen. In the most serious cases, such as those involving cancer or other life-threatening conditions, the patient can even die. Moreover, the aftermath of a misdiagnosis, such as additional surgeries or therapies, can be extremely costly to handle. Fortunately, Maryland law allows victims of malpractice to recover both economic and non-economic damages for their harm. Economic damages refer to compensation for objectively verifiable monetary losses, such as past and future medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and lost wages. Non-economic damages refer to losses that are harder to quantify in a dollar amount, such as pain and suffering, depression, and mental anguish. The exact amount of compensation that will be awarded in a personal injury or wrongful death case will depend on the details of that case. Our Baltimore misdiagnosis attorneys will make sure to gather evidence that illustrates the full scope of your harm.
To be able to proceed with a medical malpractice lawsuit in Maryland, you must bring your claim within the statute of limitations. A plaintiff has three years after the date that the injury was discovered or five years after the malpractice was committed, whichever is sooner. Failing to file a claim within the statute of limitations will typically mean being barred from ever being able to bring a case arising from the same conduct again.Contact a Knowledgeable Misdiagnosis Lawyer in the Baltimore Area
If you have suffered harm due to a medical professional’s misdiagnosis, we can help. At the Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, our attorneys understand the devastating toll that such an error can take on a patient’s health. You can rest assured that we will work diligently to get you the compensation that you need to move on with your life. We assist people in Pikesville, Catonsville, Towson, Woodlawn, Dundalk, Essex, Randallstown, Arbutus, Reisterstown, Laurel, Silver Springs, and other areas of Baltimore, Montgomery, and Anne Arundel Counties. For a free consultation regarding your case, call us at 800-810-6780 or contact us online. We also assist families dealing with birth injuries to a child, as well as victims of surgical errors, anesthesia errors, medication errors, and other forms of malpractice.