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Michigan Misdiagnosis Attorney

Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis are two of the most common (and often most damaging) types of medical malpractice. 40% of medical malpractice involves a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. Not having the proper diagnosis for an injury, disease, or illness can result in consequences that can be serious, severe, and even deadly in certain circumstances.

If you or a loved one has been a victim of misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, contact the Buchanan firm to discuss your situation. Under Michigan law, a patient injured by a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis may have a legal right to reimbursement for resulting harms and losses.

What is the Difference Between a Misdiagnosis and a Delayed Diagnosis?

It is important to note that there is a difference between misdiagnosis and a delayed diagnosis.

  • A misdiagnosis occurs when a doctor or other medical professional diagnoses a person with the wrong medical condition.
  • A delayed diagnosis (also known as a failure to diagnose) occurs when a doctor or medical professional fails to properly diagnose a medical condition when they see the patient.

However, although the base definitions for each are different, the general result is typically the same. Many patients who experience a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis often deteriorate in health due to lack of treatment or otherwise improper treatment. In some cases, patients can also develop entirely new health conditions if they are incorrectly prescribed medications that they do not necessarily need.

What Are the Consequences of Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis?

Misdiagnosing a medical condition or simply not diagnosing that condition until much later can have profound effects on both the physical and mental health of a patient.

  • A patient’s health may worsen with time, especially in cases where timing is crucial. For example, a delayed diagnosis of cancer may lead to it spreading to other parts of the body – a condition that is exponentially more difficult to treat.
  • A patient may be subjected to medications and other drugs that are unnecessary, leading to potentially dangerous side effects.
  • A misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis typically results in more time and money being spent on your condition – expenditures that could have otherwise been avoided had the problem been identified the first time.
  • Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis can result in mental and emotional anguish in patients. A distrust of medical professionals, along with potentially traumatic experiences with medical errors can result in conditions such as anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

What Are the Causes of Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis?

Some common causes of misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis include:

  • A doctor not properly reading a chart or form of diagnostic imaging such as an X-ray or MRI
  • A nurse ordering the incorrect screening test
  • A doctor who is rushed because they are swamped with patients
  • A doctor is overworked and too tired to properly determine the cause of a condition
  • Human error when taking, handling, or testing samples.
  • Faulty diagnostic equipment

How Do I Prove That My Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis Occurred Due to Medical Malpractice?

A missed diagnosis or delayed diagnosis is considered medical malpractice when a medical professional was negligent in their care of a patient. Every doctor must uphold a standard of care when treating and diagnosing patients. A failure to meet that standard may prove that medical malpractice may have occurred.

In order to prove this, a patient must prove a reasonable doctor would not have missed the diagnosis and would have acted to prevent harm.  Additionally, they must prove that harm occurred beyond what would otherwise have occurred from the medical disorder or its treatment.

The Buchanan Firm Medical Advantage

Legal claims involving misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis can often be incredibly complicated, especially with regard to determining proof that negligence occurred. Often, many law firms consult other medical professionals for insight on how to proceed with a misdiagnosis case.

At the Buchanan firm, we not only have a legal team experienced in handling medical malpractice claims, but also a team of certified medical personnel with clinical experience and medical expertise. This includes Helen J. Hicks MSN, a full-time nurse with over 25 years of experience as a nurse in a hospital. This unique position allows us to perform medical reviews of your case directly in the office with a source of medical knowledge that we can trust to be accurate. From there, we can then build a comprehensive case strategy that allow us to prove medical malpractice in your misdiagnosis case in the best way possible.

If you or a loved one recently suffered injury or death because of misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, call the Buchanan firm today. Let us help you receive the support necessary to make a full recovery. We offer free, confidential initial consultations, and you don’t pay any upfront costs unless we win your case.