Medical Malpractice Misdiagnosis in Georgia

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When you are injured or sick, you trust your healthcare provider will make the best decisions for you. You rely on them to take their time, review all the facts, and diagnose your condition accurately. But getting the correct diagnosis from your doctor isn’t always easy. When a medical professional makes an incorrect diagnosis, it can mean the difference between life and death.

A study by Johns Hopkins Medicine estimates that 10 to 15 percent of all diagnoses are incorrect. With more than a billion healthcare visits each year, these errors amount to a staggering 100 to 200 million annual diagnostic errors. Tragically, at least 100,000 Americans die or are left permanently disabled from these misdiagnoses.

If a medical error caused you harm, get in touch with the misdiagnosis lawyers at Geiger Legal Group, LLC for a free consultation.

Can You Sue for Misdiagnosis?

Medical professionals owe their patients a duty of care. When they fail to diagnose a condition a similarly qualified physician would be able to catch, they may be considered negligent. Misdiagnosis falls under the umbrella of medical malpractice. You can sue a physician or medical facility for a misdiagnosis if an attorney can prove they violated the medical standard of care.

Although the term misdiagnosis seems straightforward, a misdiagnosis can be more than just failing to find a patient’s obvious medical condition. A medical malpractice lawsuit for misdiagnosis can involve:

  • Missing a diagnosis
  • Incorrect diagnosis
  • Delayed or late diagnosis
  • Not referring a patient to a specialist
  • Misinterpreting lab or test results
  • Not consulting with a patient about their symptoms
  • Not following up with a patient and investigating symptoms

If you believe you have been misdiagnosed by a medical professional, talk to a trusted Georgia misdiagnosis lawyer about your concerns.