According to research recently published by the National Academy of Sciences and conducted by the Institute of Medicine, most adults seeking medical treatment will be the subject of at least one diagnostic mistake in a lifetime. Researchers determined that about twelve million adults are misdiagnosed every year in the United States. If you struggle with any medical condition and that condition was initially misdiagnosed, arrange at once to speak with an experienced Fresno medical malpractice attorney. If your health deteriorated because a misdiagnosis delayed your medical treatment, you are entitled by law to reimbursement for your extra medical care, and in many cases, you may also be compensated for your pain and suffering.

The term “misdiagnosis” refers to several kinds of incidents: a condition that’s entirely unrecognized and undiagnosed; an inaccurate diagnosis; or a delayed diagnosis. According to the Institute of Medicine, the conditions that most frequently involve misdiagnosis include heart disease, kidney disease, cancer, and urinary-tract infections. The study indicated that the difficulty in obtaining the facts of a patient’s medical history contributes to the misdiagnosis problem, particularly in hectic and crowded outpatient clinics.

Arriving at an accurate diagnosis, even for a well-known condition like heart disease or kidney disease, is not always simple. When symptoms and conditions “roll out” slowly over time, a diagnosis may sometimes be inaccurate although no negligence or malpractice has taken place. For a medical malpractice claim regarding a misdiagnosis to prevail, it must be verified with irrefutable evidence that an indication of a disease was missed or was not properly pursued. If you are or have been a victim of medical malpractice because of a misdiagnosis, discuss your legal rights and options – which may include filing a medical malpractice lawsuit – promptly with an experienced Fresno medical malpractice attorney. If you can prove that you were harmed or that your health deteriorated due to a medical misdiagnosis, you are entitled by law to full reimbursement, but you must take action and make the call without delay.