Asheville Misdiagnosis Attorneys
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 & Greer 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 and provide you with the level of care you deserve.
Who is Liable for Your Misdiagnosis Injuries?
Often, multiple people are involved in diagnosing patients. Nurses must discuss symptoms and accurately relay information to doctors. Doctors are responsible for reviewing details, examining patients, and making informed conclusions about potential diagnoses. Testing may be involved in diagnosing a patient, which can require the input of technicians and other professionals.
Because diagnosing a patient is such a complex process, it’s likely that there are multiple parties who are responsible when a misdiagnosis occurs. Our Asheville misdiagnosis lawyers will thoroughly assess the details of your case to ensure all liable parties are held accountable for your damages.
Medical Malpractice & Consequences: Commonly Misdiagnosed Diseases
Misdiagnosis may lead to inappropriate treatments that cause unnecessary side effects while your medical condition remains untreated.
Doctors often fail to detect serious chronic medical conditions such as:
- 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
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Clostridium difficile
Harm Through Emergency Room Delays
Prompt treatment of acute conditions can often reduce harm and, in many cases, mean 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 decisions about treatments for acute medical conditions such as:
- Cardiac arrest
- 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.