If you've been misdiagnosed, you may wonder if it's worth filing a suit against the medical professional responsible. Below are three things a malpractice suit looks at, and how working with a medical malpractice lawyer can help ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering is a very real (and very unfortunate) experience for many individuals who have been misdiagnosed by a medical professional. Misdiagnosis can lead to unnecessary anxiety (in cases where a minor illness was misdiagnosed as a major one) or unnecessary suffering (in cases where a major illness was misdiagnosed as a minor one, or ignored altogether).
Working with an experienced lawyer can help you to strengthen your medical malpractice case, as well as help you to prove mental anguish and unnecessary worry or prolonged pain as a direct result of their negligence. Your lawyer will help you to collect the proper documentation, including medical documents and eyewitness accounts of your suffering.
Unnecessary Medical Costs
While misdiagnosis can be physically and emotionally detrimental, it can also be financially draining. Receiving improper treatment means you've paid for treatments that were ineffective at best, and harmful to your present and future health at worst.
Your lawyer will go through all of your medical documents and bills and work with you to connect the dots. What treatments were performed (and therefore paid for) that shouldn't have been performed, and which treatments were necessary to correct the problems caused by the misdiagnosis? These questions and more can help you and your lawyer to determine a baseline price for your suit.
Harmful Treatments and Procedures
If you've been misdiagnosed with a major illness, you may have undergone treatments that were overall harmful to your immediate and future health. This can result in thousands of dollars of past, present, and future medical bills, as well as unnecessary pain and suffering.
Your lawyer will consult with the necessary professionals, including medical doctors, who can help to determine how the unnecessary treatments and procedures have affected your health and may continue to do so. This can help you to receive the compensation necessary for your future care.
Misdiagnosis is a tragedy that can happen to anyone. If you've been misdiagnosed and said misdiagnosis resulted in pain and suffering, unnecessary medical costs, and undergoing harmful treatments and procedures, you may have a case. Contact an experienced medical malpractice lawyer (like those at Bennett & Zydron PC) to set up a consultation.Share