Medical Misdiagnosis Attorney in Wilkes-Barre
Many medical malpractice claims are the result of medical misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, which have subjected a patient to an increased injuries or even death. We place our trust in healthcare professionals and it is their responsibility to take the steps necessary to properly diagnose illnesses.
Medical mistakes are made every day by doctors, nurses, physician’s assistants, lab technicians and other healthcare professionals. When medical misdiagnosis or other medical errors were the result of negligence, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
Types of Medical Misdiagnosis
- Missed Diagnosis
- Incorrect Diagnosis
- Delayed Diagnosis
- Failure to Diagnose
- Missed Medical Complications
Medical misdiagnosis can be the result of an error in reading test results, such as a mammogram, CT scan or x-ray, failure to perform the proper testing, or a doctor failing to properly diagnose cancer, a stroke or another serious condition, delaying treatment and furthering injury. Misdiagnosis of cancer, heart attack or another serious illness can lead to devastating results, including death. Many of these medical errors in diagnosis are avoidable with the proper procedures in place.
Medical Errors a Leading Cause of Death
A study published in the British Medical Journal found that medical errors in hospitals and other healthcare facilities are very common and may now be the third-leading cause of death in the United States, claiming 251,000 lives every year.
Ten Commonly Misdiagnosed Serious Illnesses
- Brain Tumors
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Heart Attack
- Lyme Disease
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Ectopic Pregnancy
As a patient, remember that you always have the right to advocate for yourself. Be sure to keep track of your symptoms, know your family healthy history, ask questions, request that your doctor follow up to testing, and when in doubt, get a second opinion.
General Hospital, Wilkes-Barre Heart Valve Replacement Report
A recent article in the Times Leader Newspaper http://timesleader.com/news/630301/report-wb-general-has-high-readmission-rates-for-heart-valve-replacement reported that Wilkes-Barre General Hospital has a high readmission rate for heart valve replacements. The information was reported from The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council report titled “Cardiac Surgery in Pennsylvania.” The study reviewed the outcomes of nearly 30,000 adult patients who had coronary arterial bypass surgery or heart valve surgery between January 1, 2014 and March 31, 2016. 25.5% of those patients at General who had valve procedures had to be readmitted and 29% of those patients at General who had valve with bypass had to be readmitted.
Call a Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Wilkes-Barre Today
Have you been misdiagnosed by a doctor or another healthcare professional? If you suspect medical negligence, the medical malpractice attorneys at Distasio Kowalski have successfully represented the victims of medical misdiagnosis and other medical errors. The Distasio Kowalski personal injury lawyers are skilled at negotiating with insurers and various healthcare providers. Our experienced team thoroughly investigates to determine negligence in medical misdiagnosis and works to provide the best outcome to our clients.
In a case involving negligence in the misdiagnosis of a serious medical condition, you may possibly file a claim against a doctor, nurse, hospital, lab, clinic or another healthcare provider. Act quickly, there is a statute of limitations to file medical malpractice claims in Pennsylvania.