Was Your Loved One’s Condition Misdiagnosed Causing Death? By Tod Aronovitz | 05/09/18 | 0 Comment
Did Your Loved One Die As a Result of a Misdiagnosis?
A proper diagnosis is the foundation of any effective treatment plan. If a physician fails to diagnose or misdiagnoses an illness or injury, the result can be catastrophic. A patient’s condition can rapidly deteriorate, and death might be the result. Every year there are cases in and around Miami when a doctor or other health care professional either provides a misdiagnosis or fails to diagnose an illness or condition in time to provide effective treatment. Sometimes the patient misses the opportunity to obtain any treatment at all. That’s when you might want to seek guidance and counsel from a wrongful death lawyer in Miami.
Causes of Misdiagnosis
A doctor might be overconfident in a diagnosis and not consider alternatives. Tests or radiographs might be misread. Some doctors have failed to order appropriate tests. Others have overlooked significant signs and symptoms. Even simple miscommunication between medical professionals can lead to misdiagnosis.
The most commonly misdiagnosed conditions involve cancer, heart attacks, abdominal aneurysms and infections. An error alone might not be sufficient to sustain a medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuit though. At issue will be whether the misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose was a deviation from the appropriate standard of care and caused the death of the patient.
The damages that can be recovered in a wrongful death case are economic and non-economic in nature. Economic damages are readily ascertainable. They might include medical bills, lost earnings, funeral costs and burial costs. Non-economic damages are more difficult to calculate. They include loss of guidance, society, companionship and support.
If you lost a family member to what you believe was a wrong diagnosis or failure to diagnose in or around Miami, you’ll want to speak with a Miami wrongful death attorney from our offices, Aronovitz Law. Contact us to arrange for a free consultation and case review. Our Miami wrongful death attorneys are compassionate, experienced and effective. We’ll listen to you carefully, answer your questions and advise you of your legal options. Don’t hesitate to contact us.