You can’t fix a problem if you don’t see the problem. In the practice of medicine, a physician’s failure to make a timely and correct diagnosis of a patient’s medical condition can cost that patient the opportunity to treat that condition in a timely manner. Prompt intervention and treatment are often critical to the successful resolution of most diseases and other medical conditions, and a doctor’s failure to make a timely diagnosis can allow a disease to progress to a point where the outcome is irrevocably compromised.
Unfortunately, incorrect and missed diagnoses happen all too frequently every year, causing countless patients and their families to suffer every year. According to a 2014 study, an estimated 12 million American adults are misdiagnosed each year; the equivalent of one out of every 20 patients. In approximately half of those cases, the incorrect or missed diagnosis resulted in harm to the patient.
Maine’s best trial lawyers can get you the answers, care, and compensation you deserve
When doctors, radiologists, oncologists, or other healthcare professionals fail to follow the proper standard of care when diagnosing a patient and the patient suffers harm as a result, their negligence can be the basis for a medical malpractice claim for compensation. In fact, one study concluded that missed or incorrect diagnoses are the most common basis for medical malpractice claims.
It can be difficult to know whether your healthcare provider should have diagnosed and initiated treatment for your condition earlier, whether they breached their duty of care, and whether that breach contributed to your suffering. The lawyers at Berman & Simmons, widely respected as the best medical malpractice and personal injury attorneys in Maine, can get you the answers to those questions, and will work tirelessly to obtain the full compensation you deserve for losses caused by a failure to diagnose.
Our record of success in medical malpractice cases is second to none. With attorneys who combine their legal talent with extensive medical knowledge and resources that give us access to the world’s leading and most highly credentialed medical experts, Berman & Simmons has received over $1 billion for our clients, including several of the largest medical malpractice jury verdicts and settlements ever obtained in Maine.