We count on doctors to properly diagnose and treat our illnesses and injuries. We trust — and pay handsomely for — the professional expertise of doctors, and most of the time they do their jobs well.
However, when a misdiagnosis or delay in diagnosing a serious condition results in serious harm or death, medical practitioners and hospitals can be held accountable for medical negligence. Victims can sue to obtain financial compensation for their losses, including medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, and wrongful death. These cases are not easy, but they can be won with proper legal representation.
Help For Injured Patients And Their Families
At the Kansas City law firm of Monsees & Mayer, P.C., our medical malpractice attorneys handle select cases involving diagnosis errors on the part of general practice doctors, oncologists, radiologists and lab technicians, OB/GYNs, surgeons, ER physicians, nurses or other medical professionals.
Misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose may be traced to:
- Not ordering standard tests or follow-ups
- Misinterpretation of scans or tests
- Failure to refer a patient to a specialist or consultant
- Birth injuries from undiagnosed shoulder dystocia or fetal distress
- Failure to diagnose gestational diabetes or pregnancy complications
- Emergency room errors or unreasonable delays
- Undiagnosed stroke, heart attack or internal bleeding
- Failure to diagnose cancer or life-threatening illness
- Failure to diagnose complications of surgery
In many areas of medicine, diagnosis is as much of an art as it is a science, and surgical procedures always have a strong human component. There can be great complexity to decisions regarding differential diagnostic criteria, surgical methods and surgical strategies. While these decisions are critically important, not every misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis is grounds for a lawsuit. Our experienced lawyers can gauge whether you have a case against a medical provider.
Seeking a medical malpractice lawyer for misdiagnosis in Missouri or Kansas? Contact Monsees & Mayer, P.C., for a free, confidential consultation.