Failure to Diagnose | Misdiagnosis | Failure to Run Necessary Tests | Misreading of Test Results | Serious Injury or Illness
According to data collected by Healthline, as many as 12 million Americans are medically misdiagnosed every year. Those medical errors can have devastating consequences, with anywhere from 40,000 to 80,000 people dying because of misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose every year. If you or a loved one has suffered needlessly because a medical professional missed an injury or illness or made a diagnostic error, Bailey & Galyen can help
Aggressive Representation in Medical-Misdiagnosis Claims
At Bailey & Galyen, with offices throughout the Lone Star State, we have fought for the rights of injured people for more than 40 years, including people who suffer complications because of misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose. We have long been one of the premier consumer law firms in Texas, with a hard-earned reputation for getting results. Over the last four decades, we have recovered more than $500 million for our personal injury clients.
We’ve built our practice and reputation by consistently providing the highest levels of personal service and attention to every client, always giving 100% to every case we take. We know the value of regular and thorough communication, and we take the time to help clients understand the law and the legal process, as well as their rights. We’ll carefully explain any developments in your case, as well as your options and chances of success, so that you can make informed decisions about your future.
Frequently Asked Questions About Misdiagnosis and Failure-to-Diagnose Claims
What Should I Do If I Suffer Injury Because of a Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose?
- Your primary concern should always be your health. If you are incorrectly diagnosed, or if a medical professional fails to diagnose your condition, the first thing you need to do is get an accurate diagnosis. Work directly with a doctor you trust, asking for a referral to an appropriate specialist. Be certain to tell medical professionals about everything that feels different, and ask them to document everything in writing.
- The sooner you hire an experienced attorney, the better. Your lawyer will take immediate action to preserve all physical evidence and obtain witness statements. The longer you wait to retain counsel, the greater the likelihood that witnesses will move, disappear, or die; that evidence will be lost or compromised; or that memories will fade.
What Are Common Causes of Misdiagnosis or Failure-to-Diagnose Injuries?
In most situations, a misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose is the result of negligence by a doctor or other medical professional. In many hospitals, urgent care facilities, and private practices, the focus has moved from providing the highest quality of care to maximizing the bottom line. This often leads to diagnostic errors:
- Doctors fail to take the time to order necessary or appropriate medical tests.
- Doctors misread test results, either because they are too busy or because they lack the necessary experience.
- Doctors inaccurately diagnose an injury or illness due to overconfidence or ego issues.
- Doctors don’t have enough time to spend with patients to observe all potential symptoms or conduct a thorough assessment.
- Doctors don’t schedule appropriate follow-up visits.
The increased fragmentation of medicine also contributes to misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose. In many situations, a patient is treated by multiple doctors at the same time, with none of them knowing what the other doctor has done, and with most or all of them seeing only limited symptoms.
What Damages Can I Pursue If I Suffer Injury or Loss Because of a Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose?
When a medical professional is careless and you suffer as a result, you have the right to seek compensation for all your losses, including:
- Wages or salary
- Loss of companionship or consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life—the inability to do things you love or that have brought joy, satisfaction, or value to your life
- Physical pain and suffering
- Medical expenses not covered by insurance
How Can Bailey & Galyen Protect My Rights After a Failure to Diagnose or Misdiagnosis?
Because we have successfully fought for personal injury victims for more than 40 years, we know how to effectively prepare a case to get you full and fair compensation for your losses. We know the kinds of evidence that persuade juries, and we know when it’s in your best interests to bring in expert testimony. We understand the potential value of a medical malpractice claim, and we can help you make good decisions about whether to accept a settlement offer or go to trial.
Contact Bailey & Galyen for Aggressive Counsel in a Failure-to-Diagnose or Misdiagnosis Claim
If you seek medical treatment for an injury or illness only to suffer additional losses when your condition is misdiagnosed or completely missed, you need an experienced lawyer to help you get full and fair compensation. The proven personal injury attorneys at Bailey & Galyen offer a free initial consultation. We handle all misdiagnosis and failure-to-diagnose claims on a contingent-fee basis. You won’t pay any legal fees unless we get compensation for your losses.
We offer proven counsel in failure-to-diagnose and misdiagnosis claims acrossTexas, with offices in Arlington, Bedford, Burleson, Carrollton, Dallas, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Houston, Mansfield, Mesquite, Midland/Odessa, Plano, Texarkana, and Weatherford.