Louisville Misdiagnosis or Late Diagnosis Attorneys
If you were misdiagnosed or diagnosed too late in an emergency room, you may be entitled to financial compensation for any resulting harms. Emergency rooms are chaotic places with frequently long wait times. However, emergency room staff still have a duty to treat you according to the standard of care. If they breached this duty and you were injured as a result, a lawyer can help you recover money to pay for your resulting expenses.
The Louisville misdiagnosis or late diagnosis lawyers of Sampson Law Firm have handled numerous cases of these kinds and can assist you in the process of starting a malpractice claim. We can help you get the compensation you need to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact Sampson Law Firm today at (502) 584-5050 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.
Do I Need an Attorney for My Case?
If you have received an incorrect or delayed diagnosis, you may have a claim against the doctor or other health care professionals who treated you. Obtaining compensation for misdiagnosis and late diagnosis can be a daunting process. If you have been injured through misdiagnosis or late diagnosis, an attorney with experience in this area of the law is invaluable and can address your questions and concerns. If you have serious medical issues from misdiagnosis or late diagnosis, expert testimony is often needed to prove your case. An attorney who is familiar with this type of case often have standing relationships with medical experts who can testify on your behalf to bolster your claim. With a lawyer on your side, you will likely receive far more in compensation than you would on your own, and with far less stress.
Why Choose Sampson Law Firm to Handle My Case?
If you are in the Louisville area, the attorneys from Sampson Law Firm are experienced in handling cases involving similar failure to provide treatment issues. Our attorneys are dedicated to working in the Louisville community and have done so since 1997. We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our past clients, and we are ready to do the same for you as well.
The attorneys at Sampson Law Firm focus on your well-being throughout the legal process. We are known for keeping you up to date and helping you through your situation with compassion. Our focus is on helping you recover, which includes earning the most money possible to pay for your expenses.
Types of Cases We Handle
Most of our misdiagnosis or late diagnosis cases fall into the following categories:
- Failure to order tests: In some cases, a health care professional will fail to order testing that should be done based on your symptoms.
- Failure to interpret test results correctly: If a doctor orders the correct tests but fails to properly read them, you can suffer further injuries or illnesses.
- Late testing: A delay in testing can allow your injury or illness to worsen.
- Failure to continue testing: Sometimes, testing needs to be continued if variables are at play that could have affected the results.
- Ignorance of prior medical history: It is a health care professional’s responsibility to know your past medical history, as this can affect how your symptoms present and what they mean.
- Failure to confirm a diagnosis with another opinion: A health care professional often should consult with another medical professional to avoid making mistakes in diagnosis.
Though any medical condition can be made worse by a delay in proper diagnosis, some of the most common cases of misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis relate to failures to identify the following:
- Infections or other bacterial or viral diseases
- Symptoms and warning signs of heart attack or stroke
- Deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism
- Appendicitis, liver failure, or kidney failure
- Suicidal tendencies or ideation
If you have been the victim of a misdiagnosis or late diagnosis, we can help. Contact Sampson Law Firm today.
Frequently Asked Questions About Misdiagnosis and Late Diagnosis
The following are answers to the some frequently asked questions about misdiagnosis or late diagnosis. For more specific information about your case, contact one of our misdiagnosis or late diagnosis lawyers at (502) 584-5050.
What do I need to prove to hold my doctor accountable for a misdiagnosis or late diagnosis?
Misdiagnosis and late diagnosis are forms of medical malpractice. In this type of lawsuit, you must prove that your doctor committed negligence. In medical malpractice, negligence means that your doctor failed to treat you according to the standard of care. A poor outcome does not necessarily mean that your doctor was negligent.
If a competent doctor in the same situation would not have misdiagnosed you or given a late diagnosis, your treating physician may have breached the duty of care that they had to you as a patient. The breach of duty must cause injury to you for you to be able to recover compensation.
What is the statute of limitations?
A statute of limitations establishes a limit on how much time you have to file a lawsuit. In Kentucky, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice is one year from the date of an injury (or one year from the time you discovered or should have known about the injury). Medical malpractice lawsuits in Kentucky cannot be filed more than five years after the health care professional’s negligent act or omission occurred.
What compensation is available for misdiagnosis or late diagnosis?
If you have been misdiagnosed or received a late diagnosis, you should be able to recover compensation for the injuries that stemmed from the situation. In this regard, an understanding of how much the misdiagnosis or late diagnosis exacerbated a condition is essential. If you had cancer but were misdiagnosed, and the disease wasn’t discovered until a much later stage, the injury would be measured by how much worse the cancer was because of the misdiagnosis. You may be able to recover compensation for costs including medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitative expenses, loss of earning potential, pain and suffering, and death benefits.
Should I get treatment for my condition?
Yes. In Kentucky, you have a duty to mitigate your damages. This means that if you know something is wrong with your health and you suspect you have been misdiagnosed, you should still seek treatment to make sure the condition does not get any worse before you can seek compensation from the health care professional who misdiagnosed you. Your eventual settlement will reimburse you for the money you have already spent.
Contact Sampson Law Firm Today
Dealing with illness or disease is difficult under the best of circumstances, but when you needlessly suffer because you were misdiagnosed or received a late diagnosis, it can be unbearable. You want to make sure that the responsible parties are held accountable.
At Sampson Law Firm, we are experienced in handling medical malpractice claims. Contact us at (502) 584-5050 or via our online contact form to schedule a free, confidential consultation with one of our Louisville emergency room error attorneys today.