We all know that the earlier you detect an illness or medical condition, the better chance you have of recovering from it. So, when you go to your doctor to be examined, you trust that he or she will detect any abnormalities and attribute them to the correct illness or medical condition.
When a medical professional misdiagnoses an illness or medical condition, it can cause you to endure a great deal of unnecessary physical and emotional pain and suffering, and it can even cost you your life. Furthermore, the additional medical expenses you incur can plunge you and your family into financial ruin.
The good news, however, is that if you or someone you love has been harmed by a misdiagnosis, the law provides a way for you to hold the medical professionals who examined you accountable. You may be entitled to file a misdiagnosis lawsuit to be compensated for any additional injuries or financial losses you have incurred.
Moreover, you don’t have to pursue a misdiagnosis lawsuit on your own. Contact a West Virginia medical malpractice lawyer at Robinette Legal Group at (304) 594-1800 to learn more about how we can help.
Frequently Misdiagnosed Illnesses and Medical Conditions
Unfortunately, misdiagnoses are not uncommon. And for some illnesses and medical conditions, they are more common than for others.
The most frequently misdiagnosed illnesses and medical conditions include:
- Kidney disease;
- Thyroid disorder;
- Coronary artery disease;
- Heart attacks; and
What Can Cause an Illness or Medical Condition to be Misdiagnosed?
A misdiagnosis can take place in a laboratory, emergency room, clinic, hospital, or your doctor’s office. Furthermore, a misdiagnosis may be the result of a medical professional’s failure to order the appropriate tests, to read the test results correctly, or to recognize the symptoms of the illness or medical condition.
This is why it is important to work with an experienced medical malpractice attorney who can help you understand how your misdiagnosis happened, who should be held accountable, and whether the care they provided fell below the medical standard of care.
What is Required for a Viable Misdiagnosis Lawsuit in West Virginia?
Not all medical mistakes give rise to a viable lawsuit. For a viable misdiagnosis lawsuit in West Virginia, you must prove that:
- The doctor owed you a duty of care due to your doctor-patient relationship;
- The doctor failed to provide you with the medical standard of care; and
- This failure caused you to suffer harm.
Proving that a medical professional failed to provide you with the medical standard of care can be especially difficult since you will have to show:
- How the medical professional should have acted; and
- Where the medical professional’s actions fell short.
This will often require the testimony of medical experts who can testify to where and how the medical professional breached the medical standard of care.
How The Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Robinette Legal Group Can Help
The medical malpractice lawyers at Robinette Legal Group have helped victims of medical misdiagnosis across the state of West Virginia. And we can help you with your misdiagnosis lawsuits by:
- Helping you obtain your medical records;
- Having your case reviewed by medical experts;
- Helping prove that a medical professional failed to provide you with the medical standard of care expected under the circumstances;
- Helping you establish exactly what the medical professional did wrong; and
- Helping you demonstrate all the ways the misdiagnosis has harmed you.
Call Our Misdiagnosis Attorneys Today
Medical malpractice is a specialized area of law, so you can’t simply hire any lawyer to represent you. You must hire an attorney who has an in-depth knowledge of West Virginia medical malpractice laws, and who handles these types of cases regularly. Call Robinette Legal Group today at (304) 594-1800, or contact us via our contact page to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a qualified and experienced West Virginia medical malpractice attorney.