Medical Misdiagnosis: They Happen More Often Than You Think

Medical Misdiagnosis: They Happen More Often Than You Think

There’s pretty much nothing more important in life than your health. That’s why a medical misdiagnosis can have such a negative impact on your quality of life!

In this article, we’ll explain:

  • What a medical misdiagnosis is.
  • What some of the most common medical misdiagnoses are.
  • How to tell if you may have been misdiagnosed.
  • What happens to people who are medically misdiagnosed.

And remember, if you do think you’ve been misdiagnosed, then you’re not alone. As medical misdiagnosis lawyers, we can help you get the compensation you deserve.

What is a medical misdiagnosis?

A medical misdiagnosis happens when a doctor or other medical practitioner makes an incorrect diagnosis about an illness or medical condition. Some examples of this would be:

  • A doctor concludes a patient doesn’t have a disease that the patient actually does have.
  • A medical professional diagnoses a patient with the wrong medical condition or disease.

The impact of a medical misdiagnosis can shatter someone’s life. However, you don’t have to try to pick up the pieces alone! At Sommers Roth & Elmaleh, our medical misdiagnosis lawyers are here to help if you or a loved one have been hurt by a medical misdiagnosis.

What are the most common medical misdiagnoses?

Unfortunately, there are quite a large variety of illnesses and medical conditions that can be misdiagnosed. These are some of the most common:

  • Various issues associated with pregnancy, including a failure to detect gestational diabetes, a failure to detect fetal abnormalities on an ultrasound, and a failure to do a prenatal genetic screening.
  • Failure to properly diagnose chronic diseases such as lupus, multiple sclerosis, and Lyme disease.
  • Incorrectly interpreted results of x-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds, or blood tests.
  • A failure to detect or adequately scan for serious illnesses or issues, including cancer, a stroke, a heart attack, and a pulmonary embolism.

If a medical misdiagnosis has impacted you, then you may want to contact a medical misdiagnosis lawyer.

How can I tell if I may have been medically misdiagnosed?

There are a variety of signs that you may have been medically misdiagnosed, including:

  1. Your prescribed medication doesn’t seem to be helping you feel better.
  2. Your symptoms don’t improve with time or medication.
  3. You got a diagnosis from a second doctor that doesn’t match what your first doctor told you.
  4. Your doctor made a diagnosis without letting you explain all the symptoms you’re experiencing.
  5. Your doctor dismissed your concerns and did not offer to run appropriate tests or refer you to an appropriate specialist.

What happens to people who are medically misdiagnosed?

The impact varies depending on how severe the misdiagnosis is and how late the misdiagnosis is corrected (assuming it is ever corrected).

In the case of a medical misdiagnosis such as missed cancer detection, this can severely impact the patient’s ability to get treatment and recover quickly. This is because the later that cancer is detected, the harder it is to treat.

For a chronic disease such as MS, the patient may spend years suffering and missing out on various treatment and rehab options that they could have benefited from.

There are no positives to a medical misdiagnosis, which is why medical misdiagnosis lawyers are so important. No one should have to suffer unnecessarily because a medical professional did not perform their job correctly.

How can Sommers Roth & Elmaleh help me as medical misdiagnosis lawyers?

At Sommers Roth & Elmaleh, we are a Toronto-based law firm specializing in medical malpractice law, including medical misdiagnosis. Our lawyers have represented our clients in some of Canada’s most prominent medical malpractice cases.

It’s essential for a medical misdiagnosis lawyer to understand both the law and medical practices in general. Our top-notch medical misdiagnosis lawyers will use all of their expertise and experience when it comes to dealing with your medical misdiagnosis case.

If you have concerns that you or a loved one may have been medically misdiagnosed, we can talk to you about:

  • What the impact of a missed medical diagnosis can be, and if your situation qualifies.
  • What kind of medical practitioners can be considered to have made a medical misdiagnosis. This can be a wide variety of practitioners, including doctors, nurses, midwives, technicians, and other healthcare professionals.
  • What your options are and how our medical misdiagnosis lawyers can help you navigate the medical-legal system.
  • What kind of compensation you can pursue.
  • What kind of proof will be required when bringing forth a claim of medical misdiagnosis.

Understand that you don’t have to navigate through the medical-legal system alone. Your case will have the highest chance of success with an experienced and thorough medical misdiagnosis lawyer.

Your Health is So Important to Your Quality of Life

When you’re not healthy, there’s a direct impact on your quality of life. And a medical misdiagnosis can definitely have a negative effect on your health.

Here, we’ve explained:

  1. A medical misdiagnosis happens when a medical practitioner makes an incorrect diagnosis about an illness or a medical condition.
  2. What some of the most common medical misdiagnoses are.
  3. What some of the most common signs of being medically misdiagnosed are.
  4. What the fallout can be from a medical misdiagnosis.

We’re medical misdiagnosis lawyers who can help you navigate through the medical-legal system. If you have concerns that you or a loved one may have been medically misdiagnosed, we can talk to you about:

  • Whether your situation qualifies as a medical misdiagnosis.
  • What your options are for pursuing compensation.
  • What to expect if you pursue a case and what kind of proof you’ll be expected to provide.

Get the help you deserve with a competent medical misdiagnosis lawyer from Sommers Roth & Elmaleh by your side every step of the way.

Contact Us if You Need a Medical Misdiagnosis Lawyer

If you have concerns that you or a loved one was medically misdiagnosed, then we can help you in our role as medical misdiagnosis lawyers. To learn more about what a medical misdiagnosis lawyer can do for you, please call us at 416-961-1212 or contact us online.

Hilik Elmaleh

Hilik practices in the area of civil litigation, with a particular focus on medical malpractice and personal injury litigation. he is a member of the law society of Ontario, the Canadian bar association, the American association for justice, the medical-legal society of Toronto and the Toronto lawyers association.

Hilik has been selected for inclusion in best lawyers Ontario and best lawyers Canada and is ranked as a leading practitioner in medical negligence law by expert, the Canadian legal expert directory.

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