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Fort Lauderdale Misdiagnosis of Illness Lawyers

South Florida Medical Malpractice Lawyers Advocate for Clients Harmed Because of Misdiagnosis of Illness

Medical professionals undergo intense training in order to ensure that the medical care they provide is competent and effective.  Unfortunately, misdiagnosis cases are shockingly high, with studies showing that nearly one in five patients may be misdiagnosed as some point in their lives—and nearly 30 percent of cancer patients may be misdiagnosed.  Although these alarming statistics point to the importance of always obtaining a second opinion upon diagnosis, you should be able to rely upon the physician’s competent treatment–and timing is everything when it comes to obtaining the best possible outcome in any treatment plan.  When a trusted medical professional’s failure to properly diagnose your illness rises to the level of medical negligence, you deserve to be compensated for the harm that the misdiagnosis may have caused.

The time period that elapses between misdiagnosis and an eventual correct diagnosis can literally mean the difference between life and death for some patients.  Even in more favorable situations, misdiagnosis can result in the need for much more extensive and invasive treatment protocols—treatment that may have been rendered entirely unnecessary if not for the original misdiagnosis.

At Lawlor, White & Murphey, P.C., our medical malpractice lawyers advocate aggressively on behalf of clients who have suffered harm due to misdiagnosis.  We take misdiagnosis cases especially seriously and fight to recover the maximum amount of financial compensation available in order to protect South Florida patients from future misdiagnosis-related harm.  If you believe you have suffered harm because of an original misdiagnosis, contact our offices today for a no-cost initial consultation with our experienced misdiagnosis of illness lawyers.

Examples of South Florida Misdiagnosis Scenarios

Although not every misdiagnosis case will give rise to a claim for compensation, if the misdiagnosis occurred because of medical negligence, you are entitled to recover compensation for any resulting harm.  Misdiagnosis of illness can occur in any number of ways, including:

  • Failure to order the proper diagnostic tests,
  • Improper interpretation of the correct diagnostic tests,
  • Radiological errors,
  • Failure to perform standard preventative care screenings,
  • Failure to take, or correctly interpret, a complete patient history.

Misdiagnosis of illness arising from medical negligence can be especially damaging to patients suffering from cancer.  In many cases, the physician may diagnose the wrong type or stage of cancer or may fail to diagnose cancer entirely. Because the chances of a successful recovery increase exponentially with early detection of cancer, cancer misdiagnosis often causes significant harm or even early death.

Experienced Malpractice Lawyers Lawlor, White & Murphey Handle Every Aspect of Your South Florida Misdiagnosis of Illness Case

When a doctor or other healthcare professional misdiagnoses your condition, the true underlying condition cannot be properly treated, potentially resulting in significant additional harm to the patient.  Despite this, it is not sufficient to simply establish that the misdiagnosis occurred. It is also necessary to prove that the misdiagnosis arose from medical care that rises to the level of medical negligence on the part of the doctor, lab technician or another medical professional who was responsible for the misdiagnosis.

At Lawlor, White & Murphey, P.C., we know how important it is for our South Florida clients to be able to rely upon the competent advice of medical professionals in our community—which is why we advocate uncompromisingly on behalf of clients harmed by a negligent misdiagnosis of an illness. In order to establish your right to compensation for the misdiagnosis of an illness, our skilled medical malpractice lawyers will:

  • Consult with medical experts to identify the relevant standard of care with respect to the symptoms you exhibited and surrounding circumstances, such as your medical history and age,
  • Assess the actions of your physician or another medical professional in diagnosing your illness to determine whether those actions conformed to those generally accepted in the medical community,
  • Formulate a strong argument as to whether your physician unreasonably relied upon inaccurate test results obtained from a lab,
  • Evaluate whether your physician properly considered your medical history and symptoms in order to order all appropriate tests,
  • Consult with experts to obtain a reasonable estimate of the financial and emotional harm that you suffered as a result of the misdiagnosis,
  • Compile all evidence to formulate the most compelling argument for compensation possible in your case,
  • Advocate on your behalf with the insurance companies and through a formal trial if necessary.

Call Today to Schedule a Free Initial Consultation to Discuss Your Right to Compensation for Misdiagnosis of Illness in South Florida

Misdiagnosis of an illness can lead to immeasurable harm, both in terms of failing to treat an underlying condition and potentially creating new complications and side effects after being treated for an incorrect illness.  If you have suffered harm as a result of a doctor or medical professional’s misdiagnosis of an illness in South Florida, call or contact our experienced misdiagnosis of illness lawyers today for a free initial consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury Claims Involving Misdiagnosis of Illness

FAQ: Can I pursue a claim for compensation if I was not physically harmed by my doctor’s misdiagnosis of an illness?

To be compensated for misdiagnosis in Florida, you must be able to demonstrate that you were harmed in some way. In most cases, that harm is physical—whether in terms of a progressively worsening illness that was not treated or new side effects created by unnecessary treatment. If you suffered some sort of financial loss because of the misdiagnosis of illness, it is possible that we could pursue a claim for compensation for that financial loss.

FAQ: What if the doctor eventually did diagnose my correct form of cancer, but well after I consulted the doctor based upon my symptoms?

If the original misdiagnosis resulted from medical negligence, you may have a claim for compensation based upon that misdiagnosis even if the doctor eventually did diagnose the correct disease. Your claim will depend upon the harm that you suffered as a result of the delay. Cancer misdiagnosis cases can be especially harmful. If we can show that your cancer progressed because of the negligent misdiagnosis, you may be entitled to compensation for the additional treatments that become necessary because of the misdiagnosis, as well as any other harm that you suffered as a result.

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John K. Lawlor

John K. Lawlor, a South Florida personal injury attorney who focuses his practice on complex personal injury, wrongful death, and professional malpractice, founded the law firm of Lawlor, White & Murphey in 1996. Since 1995, Mr. Lawlor’s trial advocacy and litigation skills, as well as his wide-ranging legal expertise, have provided plaintiffs and their families with a distinct advantage when seeking financial compensation and justice for injuries caused by the negligence of others.

Ben Murphey

A partner at Lawlor, White & Murphey and a distinguished personal injury lawyer, Ben Murphey tries complex disputes that include civil appeals, maritime and admiralty claims, wrongful death, and labor disputes. Mr. Murphey has been recognized for his excellence in the area of personal injury litigation by being rewarded with a 10/10 Avvo Rating and named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for 2010-2013 and Super Lawyers 2014-2019.

Anthony B. White

Since 1994, seasoned litigation and trial lawyer Anthony B. White has helped thousands of accident victims seek damages due to injuries sustained as a result of another party’s negligence. Included in America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals and selected to the 2012, 2014-2019 editions of Florida Super Lawyers, Mr. White specializes in car accidents, insurance disputes, wrongful death, product liability, and medical malpractice cases.


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