Legal Rights and Compensation for Medical Misdiagnosis
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Whenever we see a doctor or other medical professional, we expect to receive adequate care for our illnesses or injuries. Unfortunately, medical mistakes can happen. If a medical professional is negligent, distracted, or unaware, they may make a diagnostic error. In some cases, these errors can have serious consequences.
If you or a loved one has been injured because of the misdiagnosis you’ve received from a medical professional, you’ll need to fully understand your legal rights. The personal injury attorneys at Held & Hines, LLP can help.
What is a Diagnostic Error?
A diagnostic error happens when a doctor or medical professional makes the wrong diagnosis for an illness or injury, or if they take too long to properly diagnose a condition. While these errors are not necessarily signs of medical malpractice, you may still be able to receive compensation for your injuries.
When a condition is not properly diagnosed, symptoms can become worse and more difficult to treat. This means you could be facing more time off work, additional medical bills or even life-long treatment that you may not have needed had the condition been diagnosed and treated from the beginning.
Avoiding Diagnostic Errors
There are many different conditions that share the same symptoms or signs. This can make it difficult for a doctor to properly diagnose your condition the first time around. However, there are a few things you can do to ensure you’re given an accurate diagnosis as quickly as possible.
You always want to be open about the symptoms you’re experiencing, even if you’re not sure they’re related to the condition. Fully disclosing your signs and symptoms with your doctor and medical team can help them make a better diagnosis.
Getting Compensation for a Diagnostic Error
Unfortunately, mistakes can still happen, even if you’re open with the doctor about the symptoms you’re experiencing. If this is the case, you will want to ask for the compensation you deserve.
Contacting a professional personal injury attorney and Held & Hines, LLP can get you started on the process. With the help of a New York City personal injury attorney, you can collect the evidence you need and present your case for compensation. With offices in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, the Held & Hines team can help you through your case.