Dedicated Misdiagnosis Lawyer Representing Victims in the Orlando Area

When people think of medical malpractice, they often think of surgery errors or injuries caused by doctors, but there is another more common form of malpractice: misdiagnosis. When you seek quality health care and go for a medical checkup, you expect that any tests will be properly conducted and that the results of those tests will be accurately interpreted and explained to you. After all, doctors and their staff are highly-trained professionals who spend years learning their profession. The accurate and early diagnosis of a variety of medical conditions can often reduce and sometimes even reverse the consequences of many of those conditions. But the failure to diagnose a disease – or the misdiagnosis of a medical condition – can delay your treatment and in some cases cause your health to deteriorate rapidly, resulting in hospital stays and serious health complications. For example, if a doctor fails to diagnose cancer, a patient will not receive the treatment he needs, and the cancer may worsen as a result of the doctor’s wrong diagnosis. Making errors in the diagnosis and the failure to diagnose can be dangerous, and they both constitute medical malpractice. If you or a loved one is a victim of medical negligence in central Florida, contact the Horst Law Firm and experienced Orlando misdiagnosis attorney Robert J. Horst immediately to discuss your case. Robert J. Horst has years of experience helping victims reach misdiagnosis settlements with negligent parties.

HOW DOES MISDIAGNOSIS OCCUR? AN ATTORNEY EXPLAINS

Doctors are trained to come to a diagnosis after hearing a patient’s symptoms and performing certain medical tests. However,  some doctors do not follow proper protocol and therefore do not come to an accurate diagnosis. Medical misdiagnosis can occur when a doctor or other medical professional:

  • Doesn’t listen to a patient’s explanation of his or her symptoms
  • Doesn’t ask about a patient’s medical history or family medical history
  • Fails to recognize observable symptoms
  • Fails to order the appropriate tests based on the symptoms described by the patients
  • Misreads the test results
  • Fails to identify an underlying condition that could be causing the observable symptoms
  • Does not perform a full physical evaluation of the patient before reaching a diagnosis
  • Fails to recognize signs of distress during childbirth

HOW LAWYERS IN ORLANDO CAN PROVE MEDICAL MISDIAGNOSIS

In order to prove any form of medical malpractice occurred, an attorney will need to prove these elements:

  • There was a physician-patient relationship between the defendant and the victim
  • The medical professional owed the victim (the patient) a duty of care
  • This duty of care was breached by the medical professional
  • Because the medical professional breached the duty of care, the patient suffered injuries

OUR ORANGE COUNTY ATTORNEYS WILL FIGHT FOR COMPENSATION FOR VICTIMS OF MISDIAGNOSIS

With almost any disease, an early and accurate diagnosis is imperative. When you tell or show your doctor that you are suffering the symptoms of a particular disease, the failure to test for that disease is medical malpractice. General practitioners who fail to diagnose, who misdiagnose, fail to give you the proper medication, or who fail to refer you to the appropriate specialist may be held accountable for medical negligence with a medical malpractice claim. Experienced attorney Robert J. Horst will work with medical professionals to determine the extent of the malpractice and to fight for compensation and for justice on your behalf. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, loss of income, and pain and suffering due to a delayed diagnosis. If you believe that health care providers have failed to diagnose or to diagnose accurately your condition, speak at once with medical malpractice lawyer Robert J. Horst.

WHEN DO YOU NEED A LAW FIRM TO REPRESENT YOU IN YOUR MEDICAL MISDIAGNOSIS CASE?

It’s important to note you cannot pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit for every instance of misdiagnosis. The doctor’s failure to diagnose must have caused an injury, otherwise the error is not considered medical malpractice. For example, if you went to a doctor and were misdiagnosed, but then quickly got a second opinion from another doctor who diagnosed you correctly, you would not be able to file a medical malpractice claim against the first doctor unless you suffered an injury because of the delay in diagnosis. On the other hand, if you were told you did not have cancer, but then later on found out you were misdiagnosed, you could file a medical malpractice claim if the delay in appropriate treatment caused your condition to worsen. If you cannot prove an injury occurred as a direct result of a medical professional’s failure to diagnose, you will not be awarded compensation for your claim. Let an experienced attorney handle your case so you can recover the compensation you deserve. Contact Horst Law Firm today to discuss your legal options.

Experienced Misdiagnosis Attorney Assisting Orlando Victims

MISDIAGNOSIS VICTIMS SHOULD SEEK LEGAL REPRESENTATION FROM ONE OF THE TOP LAW FIRMS IN ORLANDO

When you need an experienced attorney to help you with a medical malpractice claim, you’ll also want a medical malpractice attorney who offers candid legal advice tailored to your specific situation and needs. Attorney Robert J. Horst represents medical malpractice victims in the Orlando area, Kissimmee, St. Cloud, and across central Florida. He also handles personal injury claims involving construction accidents, birth injuries, premises liability, truck accidents, spinal cord injuries, dog bites, burn injuries, defective products, product liability, brain injury, car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and slip and fall incidents. Medical malpractice victims only have two years after an injury occurs to file a claim, so don’t delay in seeking legal representation. Please contact attorney Robert J. Horst by phone at 407-601-3999, or fill out the online intake form here on our website to schedule a free consultation. If you have been injured by a health care provider in the Orlando area, don’t waste any time–make the call to set up a free case evaluation.