You put your trust and faith in medical professionals each day. After all, they did spend years studying and working in their respective fields. However, what happens when they make a mistake that costs you everything. Yes, doctors do make mistakes and one of those is misdiagnosis. At Kurzban Kurzban, Tetzeli & Pratt, our Maui misdiagnosis attorney has the experience and resources to investigate your incident and build a case thoroughly.

What Are Misdiagnoses?

You might be wondering what being misdiagnosed is and how that can affect you. While no one is perfect, and we understand that mistakes can happen, there are certain times where preventable errors were made that constitute a misdiagnosis. Johns Hopkins has found that misdiagnosis is the third leading cause of death.

How it Happens

There are several ways that a misdiagnosis can happen, which can also mean that it was medical malpractice on behalf of the diagnostic physician. There may even be multiple parties that can be held liable for a misdiagnosis. Some of the most common ways that a misdiagnosis occur are:

  • Failing to note a patient’s symptoms
  • Inadequate medical training
  • Failure to address a patient’s symptoms
  • Not following up with further testing
  • Not obtaining a complete medical history
  • Failing to perform necessary scans and test

These are just a few examples, and the moment you find out you have been misdiagnosed, you should speak with a Maui misdiagnosis attorney about your legal options.

Misdiagnosis and Medical Malpractice

One of the top reasons behind malpractice cases, especially those involving children, is misdiagnosis. In Hawaii, cancer is one of the leading illnesses that is misdiagnosed. This can come as a shock since some of the most severe kinds of misdiagnosis can have lifelong consequences. Cancer treatments, in particular, can take a toll on your body and your family. A misdiagnosed child may go through years of therapy before finding out they had something entirely different.

How Can a Misdiagnosis Affect You?

A misdiagnosis can cause a great financial burden and a medical burden. You may have been getting treatment for one disease and, in actuality, had a completely different disease. That disease may have gotten worse since it was not being treated. This can also mean that you poured money and time into being treated for one disease, and it was all for nothing. You will be left in the cold to pay for the new treatment and may have gone into debt for the first misdiagnosed disease. You may also have a delayed treatment plan due to the misdiagnoses, making the condition worse.

Contact Our Maui Misdiagnosis Attorney Today

If you or your loved one has been misdiagnosed, you may be entitled to file a medical malpractice claim. Our Maui misdiagnosis attorney will work to obtain compensation for the following:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Coverage of medical expenses
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Lost income
  • out-of-pocket expenses

Depending on the incident, there may be other compensation that you are entitled to. Contact Kurzban Kurzban, Tetzeli & Pratt at 866-377-3676 for a free consultation.