Doctors, nurses, dentists and other medical professionals are required to treat their patients in a competent, courteous, respectful and timely fashion. Particularly in an emergency, patients rely on medical professionals to provide them with a high-quality level of service and expertise. They also expect them to properly diagnose any existing medical conditions and treat such conditions effectively. Any delay in treatment, or failure to diagnose and treat an existing medical condition, can lead to a worsening condition and may even result in the patient’s death. There is no question that doctors, just like people from any other profession, can and do make mistakes.
The primary difference is that a medical mistake, misdiagnosis or error can cause a patient to undergo extreme pain, injury, mental anguish, discomfort and unnecessary suffering as a direct result of the doctor’s actions. It is not enough to simply claim a doctor misdiagnosed your condition. The law requires that a patient provide clear and exact evidence that; a doctor-patient relationship existed, the doctor was negligent in his or her treatment or lack thereof, and the doctor’s negligent actions or inactions caused further physical injury to the patient. If any one of those is not present, or no real injuries were caused as a result of the misdiagnosis, then the patient does have sufficient grounds to file a claim or lawsuit.
If causation on behalf of the medical professional can be proven, then an expert medical witness will be called in to determine whether there was a misdiagnosis for a medical procedure. Without an expert witness, one who performs similar duties to the medical professional being accused of malpractice, there is no way to clearly show that negligent actions or inactions on behalf of the medical professional directly caused injury to the patient. An expert witness is key in refuting a denial of liability from the attorneys representing the doctor and/or medical facility at which the doctor practices medicine. The attorneys at Rob Roe Law, LLC have years of experience helping clients who have suffered as a result of medical malpractice, including injuries caused by a doctor’s misdiagnosis.
They understand how complicated such cases can be, yet they also know the impact a misdiagnosis can have on a person’s family, lifestyle, livelihood and future. For that reason they do not back down when going up against large insurance companies or major hospitals. They are determined to protect the rights of their clients and seeing that their clients obtain the best possible outcome for their individual cases. They have experience representing clients during negotiations and in court, and they have recovered millions on behalf of their clients over the years. If you have sustained injuries you believe were caused by a medical professional’s misdiagnosis, contact the firm immediately and schedule to meet with a St. Paul injury attorney to discuss your legal options.