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Medical Misdiagnosis

When Misdiagnosis or Late Diagnosis Results in Harm to Patients, Our Law Firm Investigates

A diagnosis of cancer, meningitis, heart attack or stroke is devastating and life-altering for most people. A cancer patient may face a long struggle against an inevitable premature and painful death. A meningitis patient may end up with a range of mental and/or physical disabilities.

A heart attack victim may require heart surgery and be left with diminished physical strength for the rest of his or her life. A stroke victim may remain partially paralyzed, partially blind or otherwise unable to live a fully carefree and independent life as before.

What if the cancer, meningitis, heart attack or stroke was initially preventable or curable — but a health care professional made this impossible by neglecting to properly diagnose and treat the condition in its early stages? You may have arrived at this Web page precisely for that reason.

Can you hold the health care professional accountable for medical malpractice? Learn more in a free consultation.

Emergency Room Malpractice and Medical Misdiagnosis

Perhaps you or your loved one went to the emergency room — and you were sent home with an aspirin, only to suffer shortly afterward the effects of a heart attack, meningitis or stroke. Perhaps you reported symptoms of an approaching heart attack or symptoms of cancer to your family physician — and he or she dismissed them, neglecting to order the appropriate tests.

Perhaps your doctor did order tests, but failed to read the results when they came back from the lab — or lab personnel switched samples with charts and inadvertently reported your results to another patient and the other patient’s results to you.

Late Diagnosis of Spinal Cord Injury

Late diagnosis of spinal cord injury is a particularly difficult medical problem for patients and their family members, especially when the spinal cord injury could have been prevented. When a person is brought into the ER after a traumatic event, he or she may have full function with slight weakness.

However, the damage can grow progressively worse if the person has an undiagnosed hematoma on his or her spinal cord. The hematoma or bleeding begins slowly, grows larger and eventually puts pressure on the spinal cord. With proper monitoring and diagnosis, the hematoma can be decompressed or evacuated to prevent spinal cord damage.

If misdiagnosis or late diagnosis occurred, both doctors and lawyers may agree that standards of care were breached and you need compensation to help you cope with costs and losses resulting from the mistake.

Late Diagnosis of Postoperative Infection

Surgical site infection is a risk associated with every type of surgery. Hospital-borne infections such as staph, strep, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and clostridium difficile (c. diff) can cause life-threatening complications following surgery.

Although a post-surgical infection can occur through no fault of the surgeon or the surgical team, a patient’s health care providers are required to closely monitor the patient following surgery to promptly detect and begin appropriate treatment at the first signs of infection.

Unfortunately, some physicians will simply prescribe more pain medication when a patient complains of postoperative pain, instead of ordering the necessary diagnostic tests that would detect an infection in its early stages. Late diagnosis and treatment of infection following surgery can result in serious complications, including death.

Contact a Skilled Medical Misdiagnosis Lawyer

Whether your misdiagnosis of cancer occurred due to negligence of your family physician, a laboratory technician, an oncologist, or any other medical professional or institution, our misdiagnosis and late diagnosis lawyers welcome the opportunity to listen and advise you.

In a case involving misdiagnosis of cancer or any serious medical condition, you may make a claim against a doctor, nurse, diagnostic laboratory, clinic or hospital. Contact Coppola & Melonakis, to schedule a free initial consultation.We handle most cases on a contingency fee basis. Our firm do, meaning we don’t charge attorney fees unless we obtain compensation for you.