If a doctor misdiagnosed my medical condition, or if he failed to diagnose the condition for months, is that malpractice?
By Ben Gobel on January 1, 2020
A common type of medical malpractice lawsuit involves a medical provider’s misdiagnosis of a patient’s medical condition or illness. Depending on the situation, these types of cases can also be based upon a delay in diagnosis. In order to successfully establish a case, a patient needs to prove that their condition or illness worsened as a result of the medical provider’s misdiagnosis or delay — the difficulty of proving this depends on the nature of the condition or illness.
For example, with regard to a misdiagnosis or a delayed diagnosis of cancer, a patient would typically need to prove that their cancer progressed from one stage to another, e.g. Stage 2 to Stage 3, as a result of the medical provider’s negligence. Obviously, in this situation, the medical provider is only responsible for the progression of the cancer, not the cancer itself.
Every misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis case contains complicated factual, legal, and medical issues. Because of this, it is important that you discuss your case with an experienced medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one has a medical condition that was misdiagnosed, or that a medical provider delayed in diagnosing, call one of our experienced medical malpractice lawyers at Ogg, Murphy & Perkosky anytime at (412) 471-8500, or send us a message through this page. The attorneys at Ogg, Murphy & Perkosky have recovered over $100,000,000 dollars on behalf of our clients and their families who were the victims of medical malpractice. Call us now. We are almost always available and there is never a fee unless we make a financial recovery for you.