Misdiagnosis occurs if your doctor or a health care provider didn’t detect or didn’t order necessary testings in case of reasonable suspicion of a disease. Sometimes the consequences can be fatal, other times they can be insignificant, moderate or serious. In any case, if you or someone close to you have suffered due to being misdiagnosed, they have the right to be compensated for their injuries, suffering and stress caused by medical negligence.
How to know the value of a malpractice settlement?
When a malpractice has occurred, it permanently changes the lives of patients. If a doctor, nurse, health care provider or hospital has caused a preventable harm, the court can’t undo it. But the harmed has the right to be compensated for it.
The value of a malpractice settlement is equal to past and future economic damages combined with past and future non-economic damages. If a patient has been misdiagnosed and suffered these damages, their settlement should make up for losses in unpaid salaries, medical bills, suffering etc.
Why are malpractice settlements important?
There are many reasons why it is important that victims of medical errors receive a fair and just settlement. In many cases, the victim needs the money for future surgeries, therapy or even equipment they have to use. Settlements helps the people who have been suffering because of misdiagnosis to make their life a bit better, as money is needed for repairing their life quality that’s been damaged. Lastly, although most doctors and medical professionals do their best and save lives, far too many – around 20% – make bad decisions due to negligence. It is only right that ones who do harm, pay. If they didn’t, they may continue to operate in a dangerous manner.
What illnesses are often misdiagnosed
Any disease could be misdiagnosed and this could lead to serious consequences for the patients, but when it comes to different studies and analysis, the most commonly misdiagnosed diseases are (in no particular order):
– Pulmonary embolism
– Myocardial infarction
– Breast cancer
– Skin cancer
If you, or someone close to you, believe that you’ve been a victim of medical negligence, contact us today. We’re here to help.