Misdiagnosis & Malpractice
Serving Philadelphia Injury Victims & Families Since 1978
A new report conducted by the National Academy of Medicine proves that
almost every American will suffer a wrong or late diagnosis at least once
during their lifetime. In fact, the number of misdiagnoses that occur
throughout the United States is shockingly high, but the complex medical
system conceals these statistics and occurrences from the public.
Below are a few shocking conclusions found in the recently released report.
- Over five percent of American adults who have sought outpatient care have
experienced a misdiagnosis.
- Studies show that nearly 10 percent of patient deaths are the result of
- Misdiagnoses account for six to 17 percent of adverse events throughout
When medical professionals miss the chance to properly diagnose a serious
condition, they waste precious time that could be used in fighting the
illness. If your medical practitioner acted with gross negligence, and
his or her misdiagnosis caused you serious harm, you should talk to a
committed, knowledgeable, and experienced Philadelphia medical malpractice
lawyer about a possible
medical malpractice case.
You could be entitled to compensation for expenses incurred and losses
suffered because of the misdiagnosis, including but not necessarily limited
to the following:
- Stress / anxiety
- Missed wages
- Expenses of unnecessary treatment
- Exacerbated medical problems
Why Choose our Phildalephia Medical Malpratice Attorneys?
The Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers at Shrager, Spivey & Sachs
understand the hardships that can occur when a person has been misdiagnosed.
We are passionate about what we do. Our goal is to fight with our clients
aggressively while extending a hand of compassion during the difficult
times they face. You should be able to focus on getting better and putting
your ill health behind you — our team can handle the technicalities
of your case.
Our injury lawyers have been successful in recovering millions of dollars
for our injured clients. This includes numerous multi-million dollar verdicts
and settlements. Our attorneys have a long list of achievements —
such as inclusion in the list of Best Lawyers in America as well as an
AV® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®. These accolades within our
industry serve to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to being the best
we can be for the men and women whose cases we represent.
What Can I Do to Prevent a Diagnosis Error?
When it comes to your health, it is crucial to take the necessary steps
to ensure you are as safe and healthy as possible. While it may be intimidating
to ask questions when speaking with a healthcare professional, it is absolutely
necessary and can be the difference between illness and recovery. Below
is a list of things you can do to avoid a misdiagnosis.
Explain Your Symptoms Clearly
- When informing a physician about your condition, it is vital to explain
any details you can recall. While some symptoms may seem minor, they can
be essential for a doctor to make a correct diagnosis. Likewise, it is
important to reveal any information about any past symptoms or conditions
you may have suffered.
Describe All Previous and Current Treatments
- It is important that you explain any treatments you have undergone and
the reasons for those treatments. Explain to the doctor whether those
treatments helped, worsened your condition, or had no effect. These facts
may be significant to an accurate diagnosis.
Keep Personal Records of All Healthcare Office Visitations
- Keep a personal record of any medical office visits, medication prescriptions,
and test results. Although you may not think these factors are significant
to a current diagnosis process, a doctor may be able to use these details
to form an accurate diagnosis.
Ask Many Questions
Ask any and all questions you may have when visiting the doctor. Remember,
you are the one that has to live with the condition and have every right
to know what the doctor predicts or knows about your illnesses. Below
are some questions you may want to ask your doctor.
- What factors are causing these symptoms or complications?
- What are other possibilities?
- When should I receive my test results?
- What should I do once I obtain these results?
If you have suffered from a misdiagnosis, we encourage you to schedule a
free case evaluation today.