Are you like us, and when you feel like your body is telling you something is wrong you first try to self- assess and then do self-care? We bet you are. Websites like WebMd can provide invaluable information and can also quickly send you into a state of panic. When all else fails, and often after tolerating your illness symptoms for some time, you finally see the doctor. At this point you need answers. Oh! And of course you need a cure. Your vitals are taken, you fill out all kinds of paperwork and await the doctor to come in and fix everything. Lots of times that's it! You're all better, after the visit, in days (if not hours). However, sometimes that's not it. There are occasions when a doctor's negligence results in a misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose.
Misdiagnosis is an incorrect diagnoses of your illness. This can occur when the doctor fails to properly identify and associate your symptoms with the proper illness/disease. As a result you may receive unnecessary treatments (ex. surgery, chemotherapy, etc...) or inappropriate medication. Furthermore your actual illness remains untreated. The likelihood of your survival (if deadly), when disease/illness is identified and treated in a timely fashion, exponentially increases. You deserve to be properly diagnosed and treated.
Failure to diagnose is when the doctor fails to take the proper steps in determining the cause of your illness. As noted above, many diseases must be identified and treated immediately. Misreading of testing results, errors during the examination, failure to properly connect symptoms to illness, etc... each can result in a failure to diagnose. In closely related incidents, these too can cause a delay in diagnoses. Death could result.
If the doctor misdiagnosed, or failed to diagnose you, you may have a claim for medical malpractice. You, medical experts and your medical malpractice lawyer will need to establish the following, for your claim to be successful:
Kansas law requires that if a doctor is found negligent he or she may be held financially responsible for your damages, such as pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. The at-fault party may also be held responsible for compensatory damages, such as:
It is never too soon to begin working with Kansas medical malpractice Attorney T.Morton and her team. There are time limits for filing medical malpractice claims. Failing to file a claim on time can bar you, a victim, from seeking compensation forever. We will help you through the process and ensure that you file in a timely fashion. Contact us now for your free consultation 913.602.7288 or complete this FORM.
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