When you go to a doctor, you expect them to be able to study your symptoms and make an accurate diagnosis. Unfortunately, a medical professional in any field—including family physicians, ER doctors, and specialists—can make an error or mistake when diagnosing a patient that may lead to severe injuries or even death.

If you were injured or suffered a worsened condition after a doctor’s mistake, consider reaching out to a Michigan failure to diagnose lawyer to discuss your legal options. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to hold a medical professional responsible to provide compensation for your losses. By working with a well-practiced attorney, you could rest assured that a legal professional is guiding you through each step of the process.

The Potential Hazards of a Missed Diagnosis

Maintaining a patient’s health is a collaborative effort between a patient and a doctor. Of course, patients should always be honest with their doctors about how their conditions are affecting them, or if they have any health concerns. Nevertheless, doctors should always take steps to investigate any complaints, to order appropriate tests, and to refer a patient to a specialist when needed.

The ability to diagnose a condition is central to good practice. The State of Michigan requires all physicians, nurses, and hospitals to provide care that meets the appropriate standard for every patient they see.  This includes performing a proper work up, blood tests, and other diagnostic testing to either confirm a suspected diagnosis or to determine the proper diagnosis of an illness or complaint.

No matter the circumstances, however, a skillful Michigan lawyer can help injured patients to understand if a failure to make a proper diagnosis involved a breach of a medical professional’s owed standard of care.   That is, was the failure to diagnose the result of negligence. If so, a dedicated attorney could help to pursue a claim for compensation.

Legal Considerations in Failure to Diagnose Cases

All failure to diagnose cases—as a subset of medical malpractice cases—must rely on the testimony of a medical expert that fits the state’s specific criteria. According to Michigan Compiled Laws § 600.2169, any expert must first be a licensed medical professional, as well as a specialist in the same field as a defendant doctor.  If the defendant doctor has sub-specialties then the expert must also have the same ones to qualify under the state statute.

Additionally, the expert witness must have spent the majority of the past year actively practicing in the area of medicine at issue in the case or be teaching that specialty in an accredited medical school or residency program. Because of these requirements, a knowledgeable failure to diagnose lawyer is needed to help a plaintiff to identify and hire an appropriate expert witness.

In addition, there are also strict procedural requirements to bring a case. State laws also mandate that a plaintiff service a written Notice of Intent to File  Lawsuit on all potential negligent parties more than 182 days before filing a lawsuit in court.   Also, Plaintiffs generally have only two years from the date of the incident to file a lawsuit in court.  There are some minor exceptions to these deadlines so it is important to contact an experienced lawyer immediately to avoid missing your cutoff dates.

Retain a Skilled Michigan Failure to Diagnose Attorney

A failure on the part of a doctor, nurse, or dentist to accurately and timely diagnose a condition could lead to serious—or even fatal—health consequences. Whether this involves the neglect diagnose a sudden condition such as a heart attack, or an inability to recognize an insidious disease such as cancer, every moment that passes without treatment increases the chances for irreversible harm.

A Michigan failure to diagnose lawyer could help you if a doctor’s neglect to uphold their standard of care resulted in a worsening of your condition. A compassionate attorney could help to perform an initial investigation into the incident, identify and hire a qualified expert witness, and pursue fair compensation in settlement talks or court. To discuss your options today, call a legal professional at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C.

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