Misdiagnosis Attorney Serving Riverside & San Bernardino
Misdiagnosis is a form of medical malpractice that can have serious consequences on the patient. Almost all health conditions benefit from prompt and accurate medical treatment. A delayed diagnosis or the wrong diagnosis can equal the wrong treatment, potentially worsening the condition. While patients can’t expect doctors to be perfect, they can expect them to abide by accepted medical industry standards when performing diagnoses. Failure to do so, resulting in misdiagnosis and patient harm, is medical malpractice.
How DeWitt Algorri + Algorri, PC Can Help with Misdiagnosis Cases
You’ve been to your doctor several times in the last few months, struggling to diagnose the symptoms you’re experiencing. Your doctor recommended a few different tests and finally diagnosed you with something. You begin the prescribed treatment plan, only to find your condition worsening. You then discover the terrible truth – your doctor diagnosed you with the wrong condition. You’ve lost weeks or months of treatment time that could have made all the difference in your current prognosis. What do you do? Come to DeWitt Algorri + Algorri, PC.
At DeWitt Algorri + Algorri, PC, we take the time to carefully listen to each prospective client that schedules a free case evaluation. We talk with clients over the phone or in-person at our local Southern California headquarters. During your consult, you’ll learn about laws that may be relevant to your misdiagnosis case, what your claim might be worth, past cases similar to yours, and where to go next. Yours isn’t the first misdiagnosis claim we’ve represented, and it won’t be the last. We have what you need for peace of mind during the claims process.
What Do You Need to Prove a Misdiagnosis Case?
To sue a physician or hospital for misdiagnosis, you need to prove the defendant’s negligence. There are other elements of proof you need, as well, but negligence is the most important. “Negligence” in a misdiagnosis case refers to the failure to take proper care in diagnosing the patient, resulting in damage or injury. Plaintiffs often need to hire expert witnesses to testify to the defendant’s negligence. Our firm has strong relationships with medical experts in Riverside and San Bernardino who could testify that a reasonable and prudent doctor would have made the correct diagnosis in similar circumstances.
Other important elements a plaintiff needs to prove misdiagnosis are that a doctor-patient relationship existed, the doctor’s negligence caused harm, and that the plaintiff suffered as a result. Simply having evidence of the doctor’s failure to use reasonable care in diagnosing your condition is not enough for a medical malpractice claim. You must have proof that the misdiagnosis caused you real damages, such as physical injury, worsened health prognosis, additional medical bills, or pain and suffering. Not every misdiagnosis will cause a patient harm.
The greatest disputes plaintiffs often must overcome in misdiagnosis claims are those related to standards of care and whether the defendant’s misdiagnosis was the cause of the plaintiff’s injuries. Retaining an experienced medical malpractice attorney can give you an advantage in these difficulties, gathering key evidence and hiring experts as needed. Talk to lawyers who care. Call (855) 946-6464 to contact DeWitt Algorri + Algorri, PC.