Have You Suffered Needlessly Because of a Wrong Diagnosis? Washington, D.C. Medical Malpractice Lawyers Explain Why You Have a Case
There are a lot of preconceived notions about what D.C., Virginia, or Maryland medical malpractice lawsuits should be. From leaving surgical instruments behind after a procedure, to performing the incorrect procedure on a patient, many people are under the impression that there must be something obviously and tangibly wrong.
As many people know, however, sometimes the most damaging thing that a doctor can do is misdiagnose a problem or wait too long to tell you about an ailment or injury. Of course, as medicine is an incredibly complicated art, it is impossible to correctly diagnosis conditions with 100% accuracy. How, then, do you know if you have a medical malpractice case if you feel as though you suffered needlessly as the result of a misdiagnosis?Do You Have a Maryland or Virginia Medical Malpractice Case?
In order to find out if you have a case based on a misdiagnosis, you must first be able to prove a few things. Obviously, you must first be able to prove that the doctor you intend to file suit against is, in fact, a doctor that has treated you—in other words, a doctor-patient relationship must exist. You must also be able to prove that the doctor acted negligently and that his or her negligence caused you injury, harm, or undue illness.
Just as many people go about solving difficult problems or puzzles, a doctor must take a very careful approach to diagnosing an illness or injury. By compiling a list of what the problem could be and testing each of these theories, the doctor may be able to rule out certain diagnoses or further investigate other possibilities. This is called a differential diagnosis, or DDx. In proving a misdiagnosis in a malpractice case, you must be able to show definitively that the doctor was negligent in either neglecting to include the correct diagnosis on the list or failing to pursue the proper diagnosis.
Following that, you must then be able to prove that, had the doctor given you the correct diagnosis in a timely manner, you would have not suffered that harm that you ultimately experienced as a result of the doctor’s negligence. Though slightly easier to prove, it is just as important to your case that you effectively demonstrate how the doctor’s negligent misdiagnosis affected you.
One thing is for certain in any potential misdiagnosis-related medical malpractice case—you will need a tough, experienced lawyer who can dig up information, get expert witnesses, and fight beside you to ensure that you are compensated for your unnecessary suffering. The Bethesda medical malpractice attorneys at Lewis & Tompkins are skilled attorneys with the experience and knowledge base necessary to make your case a successful one. Call today at 202.296.0666 for a free consultation and to find out how you can get the compensation you deserve.