Misdiagnosis in D.C. - Medical Malpractice Or Not?

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A misdiagnosis can certainly be considered medical malpractice, especially if it is a life threatening or fatal condition, like cancer, pulmonary embolism, heart attack or cardiac condition, etc. 

For a valid medical malpractice case in DC, you need to show that a reasonable doctor would have made the diagnosis in time to treat it and make a difference (make you better or prevent the injury or death).  Usually you have to show that you had signs and symptoms of the medical condition or that a diagnostic test or routine test would have picked it up. 


Still, it is important to realize a sometimes unfortunate and unjust result of the medical malpractice system: Not everyone who gets hurt will get the compensation they deserve

There are a lot of reasons for this of course.  Sometimes a case is just too difficult or expensive to prove.  It may be so medically complex that it requires many different experts in different specialties. 

Other times the injury or condition is not serious enough to support a malpractice case.  You were hurt, but not severely enough to support an expensive malpractice case (ususally because your injury or condition is not permanent).

Sometimes – if you are lucky – you are not affected by the doctor missing something, because another health care provider has caught and corrected the mistake. That would be good news. In that case, it doesn’t matter that you were misdiagnosed by the first doctor, because another health care provider has made the diagnosis in time to institute treatment and start you on the track to recovery. Sometimes, the condition is one that takes a long time before it causes you harm so there is still time to start effective treatment.

Other times, when the doctor misses the diagnosis he should have made you or your loved one are seriously injured as a result. That's medical malpractice.

What do you do in that situation? You get informed, and you get a medical malpractice lawyer in D.C. with the experience and resources to help you and your family.

You can start by requesting our free report on the 7 Symptoms of Medical Malpractice, to get an idea of what to look out for when you feel you or someone you love has been a victim of medical malpractice. It is helpful, and is the perfect starter package for anyone wondering about the medical malpractice system. And then, you can give us a call at 202-393-3320 to speak with an attorney that may be able to help you with your case. Remember, the best time to take action is right now.  Every case has time limits so don't wait. Give us a call today!


Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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