Indianapolis Improper Diagnosis Attorneys
When it comes to your health or that of a loved one, there’s no room for mistakes. The slightest slipup could halt recovery, cause enormous pain, or even result in death. Any disease or injury is a race against time, so an error wastes precious opportunities to get back to ordinary life. This is why an improper diagnosis can be so crippling; all your efforts to heal are wasted on a false premise. For example, if a doctor diagnoses chest pain as a breathing difficulty when it actually came from a heart attack, nothing will be done to address the significant risk of another heart attack in the future. Worse, taking the wrong medication or receiving inappropriate treatment can have negative consequences for you or your loved one’s health. The side effects that accompany most medications could make the underlying problem much worse.
Doctors have a responsibility to treat their patients according to the standard of care, and when they don’t, they may be liable for their negligence. If you or a loved one was the victim of an improper diagnosis, you should be compensated in court. Hankey Marks & Crider can help you win back everything you’re owed, including payment for hospital or other medical bills, lost wages, and even compensation for mental anguish. Call (317) 634-8565 or chat with us live today to consult with our team of distinguished attorneys.
Do I Need an Improper Diagnosis Attorney?
While it’s recommended to have a licensed attorney represent you in any personal injury case, it’s imperative that you have an attorney for any kind of medical malpractice case, including improper diagnosis. The first reason is the sheer number of parties involved in most medical cases. When treatment occurs at a hospital, you may be seen by a dozen different doctors, nurses, and other staff who all play a part in your treatment, several of whom may be responsible for your incorrect diagnosis. And, if the doctor who was responsible for your diagnosis is a hospital employee, the hospital itself may become involved as well. You’ll want an attorney to manage the complexities of an improper diagnosis case.
Several elements must also be proven before you can be compensated for an improper diagnosis. Similar to other medical malpractice cases, you must show that the doctor had a doctor-patient relationship with the improperly diagnosed person and that their errors were negligent, which is difficult in an industry where every patient is unique. The doctor’s methods will usually have to be judged by another medical professional in the field before negligence can be claimed. Attorneys consult with medical professionals for cases all the time, and they know how to use their assessments as evidence in court.
While you or your loved one deal with the fallout from an improper diagnosis, let us handle the paperwork. Attorneys are highly qualified to fight your case, so don’t risk having your lawsuit fail due to inadequate representation.
Why Choose Hankey Marks & Crider to Handle My Case?
When looking for an Indianapolis improper diagnosis lawyer, your first choice should be Hankey Marks & Crider. Our team of attorneys has over 75 years of combined experience pursuing personal injury cases of many kinds, including improper diagnosis and other medical malpractice. We know personal injury law and are committed to getting our clients the most compensation for the negligence of others. We understand that your priority is dealing with the improper diagnosis of you or a loved one and all the complications that go along with it, so we will handle all the legal work involved with your case. You can rest assured that setting things right is our top priority.
At Hankey Marks & Crider, we’re committed to defending victims’ rights and getting them the compensation they need to try to move on with their lives. We believe that no doctor should get away with practicing bad medicine, and we take pride in defending victims of malpractice in court. Whether it’s improper diagnosis, failure to diagnose, improper treatment, or another kind of malpractice, it has no place in our medical system. There’s too much on the line to let errors like these go unchecked.
Types of Cases We Handle
Any situation where a doctor’s diagnosis is incorrect is considered an improper diagnosis. However, for another party to be liable, it must be proven that the patient suffered injury as a result of this diagnosis. Commonly misdiagnosed conditions include:
- Cancer (including lymphoma, breast cancer, and melanoma). A study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that cancer is improperly diagnosed around 28 percent of the time, with certain types of cancer improperly diagnosed up to 44 percent of the time.
- Heart attacks. The symptoms of a heart attack can vary greatly from person to person, so it isn’t uncommon for a heart attack to be improperly diagnosed as something less severe. This is especially true for women, whose heart attack symptoms are less well-known.
- Strokes. Because they’re usually associated with the elderly, strokes in younger people are often misdiagnosed as simple vertigo or symptoms of stress.
- Pulmonary embolism. According to a study in the Journal of Emergency Medicine, one-third of patients with pulmonary embolism aren’t properly diagnosed. Since pulmonary embolism is a blockage of the main artery for the lungs and can lead to lasting severe damage or even death, this is a very concerning statistic.
- Celiac disease. Similar to heart attacks, the symptoms of celiac disease differ from person to person.
While most of these are situations where a more severe condition goes unnoticed because of diagnosis of a less serious one, we handle other improper diagnosis cases too, such as if a doctor prescribed you or a loved one medication that you didn’t need to take, resulting in damages.
The Indianapolis Attorneys at Hankey Marks & Crider Will Fight for You
Contact our team of hospital negligence attorneys today to find out how we can get you the compensation you’re entitled to. We know that any improper diagnosis case is a serious matter, and we believe each case deserves personalized attention. Hankey Marks & Crider is proud to defend our neighbors in Indianapolis, so call us at (317) 634-8565 or chat live on our website now to schedule a free consultation.