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Misdiagnosis

If a doctor gives the wrong diagnosis to his or her patient, it can result in serious injuries, disability, or even death. Diagnosis errors can occur for several reasons including, but not limited to:

  • Diagnosing a malignant tumor as benign or diagnosing a benign tumor as malignant
  • Failure to identify lumps
  • Failure to order proper tests or follow up on tests
  • Failure to perform exams at proper times
  • Failure to recommend proper screening tests
  • Failure to refer patient to qualified specialist
  • Ignoring symptoms or patient complaints
  • Misinterpretation of test results

An incorrect diagnosis can lead to tremendous pain and suffering for patients. A victim misdiagnosed with cancer could undergo unnecessary surgery, treatment, or chemotherapy. Similarly, a person who a doctor diagnoses with the incorrect condition may have procedures performed that worsen their actual conditions.

A doctor breaches his or her duty of care to a patient when he or she provides an incorrect diagnosis. The doctor is negligent if the patient is harmed because of this specific breach of duty of care, and he or she would liable for the damages that were caused by this type of medical malpractice. Depending on the circumstances of the specific case, additional parties that may be liable could include surgeons, radiologists, or manufacturers of defective or malfunctioning medical products.

Any medical professional will usually rely on the defense provided by lawyers from his or her insurance company. This will often involve employing numerous tactics to delay or stall cases with complicated paperwork and discovery motions. Alleged experts can be utilized to claim that all of the signs identified by the doctor support his or her diagnosis—even if it was incorrect.

The Chester County misdiagnosis attorneys at Ciccarelli Law Offices are very familiar with how complex these types of medical malpractice cases are, and they will work as a team to hold negligent parties accountable if you suffered harm or your loved one died because of a doctor incorrectly diagnosing a condition. Our firm represents clients on a contingency fee basis, which means that you would pay us nothing for our services unless we get you a monetary award.

You can let our misdiagnosis lawyers give you an honest and complete evaluation of your case during a free consultation when you call (610) 719-3190 today. We have offices in the communities of West Chester, Lancaster, Malvern, Plymouth Square, Philadelphia, Radnor, Kennett Square, and King of Prussia.