In Memphis, the failure to diagnose or to correctly diagnose a serious medical condition is one of the most common instances of medical malpractice, and may be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. A delayed or incorrect diagnosis may be actionable if it results in an injury or stage of disease that is beyond what would have occurred with a timely diagnosis.
A misdiagnosis can have devastating physical consequences for patients and, in the most tragic scenarios, lead to their death. As medical malpractice claims hold statutes of limitations of only one year in Tennessee, the window for filing a misdiagnosis malpractice claim is quite small.
Did you or someone you love face a grave injury or illness because your doctor failed to diagnose your preliminary condition accurately and on time? If so, you may be entitled to recover compensation through a lawsuit. Fill out our free case evaluation form to receive a free initial consultation with our Memphis team.
Defining Diagnosis Malpractice
Many Memphis medical malpractice lawsuits arise following a physician's failure to diagnose an illness during the critical period of time in which the illness is curable or containable. However, simply because a physician failed to diagnose an illness does not guarantee a successful medical malpractice lawsuit. Rather, three conditions must be proven by the plaintiff and his or her attorney:
- A doctor-patient relationship existed at the time of the diagnosis error
- Negligence occurred on the part of the medical professional (breached a standard of care; did not act how a reasonably prudent physician would act under the same circumstances)
- The patient suffered undue harm as a result of the actions of the medical professional
To show these three conditions, experts are often required to testify, records often need to be retrieved and significant research must be done. As such, Memphis medical malpractice lawsuits are expensive to conduct, difficult to prove, and should only be handled by the most knowledgeable and experienced attorneys.
Bad Diagnosis Lawsuits
When a physician or other medical professional fails to diagnose a disease or condition in a timely manner, or gives a dangerous misdiagnosis, the ramifications can be severe. Failing to diagnose ailments like cancer, heart attacks, strokes, appendicitis, and other conditions can seriously affect the rest of the patient's life. Similarly, treating a patient for a disease he or she does not have could lead to long-term impairment and possibly death.
Morgan & Morgan's trusted Memphis medical malpractice attorneys have the vast resources, medical understanding, and legal experience to help victims of misdiagnoses and delayed diagnoses recover the maximum damages and ensure that the responsible parties are held accountable. To find out if you are entitled to compensation for your misdiagnosis, fill out our free, no-risk case evaluation today.