When you think of ways medical malpractice can occur, diagnosis errors are probably not high on your list. However, they are one of the most common —and most harmful— types of medical negligence. If you or a loved one suffered preventable complications or pain and suffering because of a diagnosis error in Pittsburgh, we can help.
Berger and Green will review your case at no cost to you. We can help you understand your options and navigate the process on your behalf. Call us today at 412-661-1400 for your complimentary consultation with a member of our team.
Diagnosis Errors Happen in Several Ways
While some conditions are more difficult to diagnosis or there are sometimes problems when a patient displays unusual symptoms, other times a delayed diagnosis or another error occur because the doctor or team does not follow the proper protocol to understand what is going on with the patient and this prevents them from coming to a correct and comprehensive conclusion.
Some of the most common ways diagnosis errors occur include:
A delayed diagnosis can mean the patient’s condition worsens, they suffer life-threatening complications, or they endure more pain and suffering than necessary.
Failure to Diagnose All Conditions
Sometimes, a doctor will diagnosis one disease or injury but stop short of identifying all the conditions that affect the patient. For example, a broken wrist might be overlooked if the patient has a traumatic brain injury.
Failure to Diagnose Complications
Complications can be life-threatening. Identifying all complications as they arise and treating them quickly is imperative. If a patient suffers a known complication of a condition the doctor diagnosed them with, and the doctor fails to recognize it, this could be malpractice.
A doctor may clear a patient to go home or say their complaints are not a symptom of an illness or injury when they actually suffer from a diagnosable or treatable condition.
Sometimes called “wrong diagnosis,” this type of diagnosis error occurs when a doctor fails to identify the correct illness or injury but instead diagnoses the patient with something else. This can be because of a preconceived idea of their condition or many other reasons. It can also be very dangerous. For example, imagine if a doctor sends a patient home with acid reflux when they are actually having a heart attack.
Berger and Green Can Help You Fight to Recover Compensation
Berger and Green know how to navigate the Pennsylvania medical malpractice claims process and can do so on your behalf. As a part of this process, Pennsylvania does require us to file a certificate of merit to show a medical professional with similar experience and training as your doctor agrees that we have a case.
We have a network of Pittsburgh-area health care providers who can review the facts of your case and determine if your physician and hospital violated “acceptable professional standards.” This doctor or another medical expert witness will play a key role in your case because they will supply the evidence we need to build a strong medical malpractice case.
Let us go to work on your case today. You can trust us to:
- Enlist help from a qualified and appropriate medical expert witness
- Identify the doctor, hospital, and other care providers responsible
- Prove how their actions violated the appropriate standards and caused your injuries
- Pursue compensation through an insurance claim
- Take additional legal action when necessary
We will handle every step of your Pittsburgh medical malpractice diagnosis error case, and you will pay nothing unless we recover a payout on your behalf. Call us today at 412-661-1400 and let us go to work for you.
Recoverable Damages Available in a Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice Case
If we can reach an out-of-court settlement or win a verdict on your behalf, you may be able to recover compensation for a wide range of damages you suffered because of the diagnosis error. No two cases are the same, but some of the most common damages in these cases include:
- Medical treatment necessary because of the error
- Ongoing care costs
- Future care costs
- Prescription medication
- Present and future lost wages and benefits
- Miscellaneous related expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Wrongful death damages, if your loved one passed away because of a diagnosis error
Pennsylvania does not limit compensatory damages in medical malpractice cases. We will aggressively pursue the maximum payout available to you based on the facts of what happened and the strength of our case. Call 412-661-1400 today to learn more during your free case evaluation.
Act Quickly Before the Statute of Limitation Expires
Pennsylvania law generally gives us two years to pursue legal action against a negligent doctor or another medical care provider. If we are going to go after the compensation you need and deserve and hold the doctor liable, we need to get started as soon as possible. Reach out to us as soon as you discover the possible medical malpractice by calling 412-661-1400.
Talk to a Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice Attorney About Your Diagnosis Error
If you or a member of your family suffered complications, additional pain and suffering, or other ill effects because of a Pittsburgh diagnosis error, the team from Berger and Green are here to help. We will review your case at no cost to you and explain your options for trying to recover the compensation you need to cover your medical bills, lost wages, ongoing care, and more.
Call 412-661-1400 today to discuss your case with a member of our team during your complimentary consultation.