Misdiagnosis/Failure to Diagnose
In order to provide the proper care for sick or injured patients, doctors must first be aware of exactly what type of health condition their patient is experiencing.
Providing the proper diagnosis in a timely manner is the cornerstone of providing effective medical care. Unfortunately, there are far too many cases every year where a doctor, nurse or other medical professional provides an incorrect diagnosis, or fails to diagnose a medical condition in time to provide treatment.
When a patient becomes a victim of a misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose, the results can be devastating. A missed diagnosis may lead to:
- The patient receiving the wrong type of medication
- The patient receiving the correct medication, but the wrong dosage
- Unnecessary and life-threatening surgical procedures
- Lack of care leading to wrongful death
A study of Patient Safety Incidents (PSIs) by HealthGrades found that “Failure to Rescue”, meaning failure to diagnose and treat in time, was the most common cause of a patient safety incident, with a rate of 155 per 1,000 hospitalized patients. These statistics are troubling, and prove that Failure to Diagnose and Misdiagnosis happen more often than you may think.
With the proper diagnosis, patients benefit from both speedy, effective treatment and increased survival rates. When a doctor fails to follow the fundamental steps of diagnosis, serious injury and death can occur. If you or a loved one believe that you received an incorrect diagnosis, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Misdiagnosis can cause serious injury, permanent disability, and even wrongful death. If you were the victim of a wrong diagnosis or medical mistake, the lawyers of Gauthier Amedee can provide the help you need right away.
Call the experienced Louisiana Misdiagnosis and Medical Mistake attorneys at Gauthier Amedee right away at 225-647-1700. When you call, you will receive a FREE, confidential and no-obligation consultation about your case. At Gauthier Amedee, the call is always free, and our compassionate legal team will help provide the answers you need.
At Gauthier Amedee, you never have to pay any attorney’s fee up front. In fact, we only get paid after you do. And if there is no recovery, there is no attorney’s fee. It’s that simple. We’re here to work hard for you and to make sure that your rights are fully protected.