The Cape Cod medical malpractice lawyers at the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, represent people who have been hurt as a result of misdiagnosis and other errors by health care professionals. We understand how difficult it can be to recuperate physically, emotionally, and financially from an injury. This is often especially true when the harm is caused by a professional to whom you have turned for care in a time of need. Our attorneys work aggressively to pursue the full extent of damages that our clients deserve, and our firm has a long history of victories for medical malpractice victims.
Misdiagnosis is a serious medical error that affects as many as one in every 20 patients each year. The problem is that it can delay or even prevent proper medical treatment for a person who is misdiagnosed. A doctor and other medical staff cannot properly treat an illness or injury until they first understand what the patient’s situation is. Although patients can try to confirm a diagnosis by seeking a second opinion, consulting a specialist, or undergoing further medical testing, many accept the original diagnosis without doing so.Holding a Health Care Provider Liable for a Misdiagnosis
If you or a loved one is injured as the result of a misdiagnosis, you may have the right to seek legal remedies from those who were responsible for the harm. These cases typically revolve around claims for medical malpractice, but in some cases they may include other legal theories. The remedies typically available in medical malpractice claims in Massachusetts include money damages for medical costs and lost wages due to time away from work. Victims also may be able to receive compensation for “non-economic” damages like pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Medical malpractice is a type of negligence, in which doctors and sometimes other medical professionals are held to a higher standard of responsibility based on their training and experience. The central question in a malpractice case is whether the doctor lived up to the standard of care expected of a professional in a similar specialty who is treating a similarly situated patient. An injured person suing for malpractice must prove that the doctor did not live up to this standard. In most situations, this means introducing an expert witness who can explain what the doctor did wrong and why an ordinary doctor in the same specialty would have acted differently.
The injured person also needs to show a direct link between the malpractice and the harm. In misdiagnosis cases, that may mean showing how the injury or illness became worse as a result of the physician’s mistake.Discuss Your Medical Malpractice Claim with a Cape Cod Lawyer
At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, we have more than 146 years of combined legal experience representing individuals in medical malpractice and other personal injury cases. We have dedicated our careers to this area of the law. Founding partner John C. Manoog’s previous experience as an insurance defense lawyer gives us unique insight into how big insurance companies seek to limit their liability in these cases. Our record of prior success includes a $900,000 settlement in a misdiagnosis case.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a health care provider’s negligence, our Cape Cod medical malpractice attorneys are ready to help. Our offices are conveniently located in Hyannis and Plymouth, where we are pleased to offer free consultations. Our personal injury lawyers are also happy to travel to you if you cannot make it to us. We do not charge a fee in many cases unless we are successful. Call us at 888-262-6664 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Nós Falamos Português.