Oakland Misdiagnosis Lawyer
Our current system of almost assembly-line medicine results in a significant number of cases where doctors and other healthcare providers simply miss a diagnosis or fail to diagnose a condition because they do not take the time to employ the time-tested differential diagnosis system that is taught to every doctor in medical school. Failure to diagnose an illness or injury allows the problem to get worse over time, preventing early treatment options and leaving the patient without proper guidance as to how to mitigate the harm. Misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, and failure to diagnose can all lead to a medical problem becoming much worse, and often fatal.
If a doctor made a mistake and you or a loved one suffered the consequences, speak to an experienced Oakland misdiagnosis attorney at Venardi Zurada, LLP. Our Oakland misdiagnosis lawyers have dedicated decades to helping the victims of malpractice recover the compensation that they and their families deserve for the hardship that a misdiagnosis has caused. Let us help you recover for the additional medical costs, the lost wages due to disability, and the pain and suffering you have endured because of a doctor’s failure.
How Does Misdiagnosis Happen?
Doctors can fail to properly diagnose a patient’s ailment for a variety of reasons. It might be a simple mistake caused by competing and equally-plausible diagnoses based on the patient’s symptoms. On the other hand, the misdiagnosis may have resulted from problems with the medical facility, the staff, or the physician. Misdiagnoses can occur when, for example:
- The doctor, nurse, or staff lack proper and updated training that they should have undergone or received at the medical practice
- The hospital is understaffed and overworked, leaving doctors and nurses with insufficient time and attention to devote to each patient
- The hospital’s medical equipment needs maintenance or is out of date
- A physician negligently fails to order the appropriate tests
- A doctor or technician misreads the results of a lab test, X-ray, CT scan, or other medical diagnostic
The effects can be devastating. A doctor can misdiagnose a heart attack as a gastrointestinal issue and send a patient home with a life-threatening condition. An oncologist can wrongfully identify a tumor as benign when it is actually malignant, preventing early intervention treatments. Whatever the reason for the misdiagnosis, if a reasonable, educated, and trained medical professional would have acted differently under the circumstances, then the physician, their hospital, and anyone else involved with the misdiagnosis should be held accountable for their negligence. You and your family are the ones who suffer when a medical professional commits negligent malpractice; you should not be left alone dealing with the fallout.
Commonly Misdiagnosed Conditions
While any condition can be improperly diagnosed, there are certain conditions that medical professionals have been misdiagnosing more in recent years. These misdiagnoses are no less forgivable and no less harmful, but the common forms of medical negligence described above are particularly likely to lead to a missed or delayed diagnosis for the following conditions, among others:
- Heart condition/heart attack
- Postoperative infections, hemorrhages, or other complications
- Kidney disease
- Damage to vital organs caused by botched surgeries
- Allergies to medications, foods, or other items
- Septic shock
If you suspect that you or a loved one has been the victim of a negligent misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or a failure to diagnose, speak with a knowledgeable medical malpractice attorney at Venardi Zurada as soon as possible to learn your options and preserve your rights. Medical malpractice cases can be difficult to prove, but the sooner you act, the stronger your case for recovery will be.
Dedicated and Effective Advice and Representation for Oakland Medical Misdiagnosis Victims
If you or someone you care about has been harmed by a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis by a negligent doctor, contact the experienced and detail-oriented Oakland medical misdiagnosis lawyers at Venardi Zurada, LLP. We can help you get through this difficult time, and we will aggressively pursue compensation for an incorrect or missed diagnosis. To arrange a free consultation, contact us online or call 925-937-3900. We have spent decades holding negligent doctors responsible for the harm they have caused our clients and their families.