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Lawyers Pursuing Justice When Misdiagnosis Causes Treatment Delays

Your doctor has a duty to identify your medical conditions and order tests to gain the necessary information to make an accurate diagnosis. Misdiagnosis can result in delayed or improper treatments that can cause you significant harm.

Hensley Cloninger, P.C., has spent the last three decades helping patients whose misdiagnoses have cost them precious treatment options and, in many cases, resulted in irreparable injuries. We hold your doctors liable for their failure to take the same steps as another similarly situated health care professional to provide you with the level of care you deserve.

Medical Malpractice And Consequences: Commonly Misdiagnosed Diseases

Misdiagnosis may lead to inappropriate treatments that cause unnecessary side effects, while your medical condition remains untreated. Yet, doctors often fail to detect such serious chronic medical conditions as:

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Brain tumor
  • Lyme disease and post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS)
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency
  • Anemia
  • Allergies
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Clostridium difficile
  • Infections

Harm Through Emergency Room Delays

Prompt treatment of acute conditions can often reduce harm and, in many cases, means the difference between life and death. Emergency rooms are supposed to be equipped with well-trained staff, nurses and doctors who can immediately recognize the symptoms of serious ailments and make quick urgent-care decisions about treatments for such acute medical conditions as:

  • Stroke
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Aneurysm
  • Sepsis and septic shock
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
  • Kidney infection

Filing A Claim Over A Diagnostic Failure

To prevail in a medical malpractice claim for misdiagnosis, you must demonstrate that the medical professional’s negligence resulted in your injury. In most cases, you must prove your case by a preponderance of the evidence that the mistake, more likely than not, hurt you. However, North Carolina laws impose the higher clear and convincing standard in emergency room mistake cases.

You have only a brief period of time after your injury to file a claim against your negligent doctor, nurse, lab technician, radiologist, hospital or other health care provider. If you do not file your claim by the strict medical malpractice statute of limitations, you are forever barred from recovering damages.

Recover Compensation From The Doctor Who Misdiagnosed Your Condition

To initiate a case against your doctor for malpractice, call Hensley Cloninger, P.C., at 828-585-6558, or contact us online for your free consultation. Our Asheville firm serves injured patients throughout the Southeast through pro hac vice representation. Our office has ample on-site parking and is accessible by bus. Our lawyers handle all medical malpractice cases on contingency.