Misdiagnoses/Delayed Diagnoses

Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon, Winter Haven, Florida


The delayed diagnosis of a condition can be deadly, especially when a condition such as heart attack, cancer, or stroke is involved. A misdiagnosed condition might subject a patient to unnecessary medical treatment that has the potential to do harm.


Physicians are trained to recognize symptoms, screen for any condition you may be at high risk for, order appropriate tests, and refer you to a specialist when necessary. Failure to do so greatly increases your risk of serious personal injury or even wrongful death.


Orlando medical malpractice lawyer Stephen J. Knox has handled many claims involving misdiagnosis/delayed diagnosis over his 23 year career. He has found that more often than not, they are the result of a breakdown in communication. He has dedicated a large portion of his practice to helping injured medical malpractice victims recover the compensation they deserve.


Causes of Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis


It is important to keep in mind that misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis can and does happen even when all standard protocol is followed. In other words, a physician cannot be expected to, nor is a physician required by law to make correct diagnoses every time. Even if you have been misdiagnosed or there has been a delay in your diagnosis, it does not necessarily mean that you automatically have a valid medical malpractice case.


Negligence can be difficult to establish in misdiagnosis/delayed diagnosis cases because it must first be proven that a physician failed to either:


  • Listen to the patient
  • Examine the patient’s medical history, lifestyle, and family history to determine the patient’s risk factors
  • Screen for all possible causes of symptoms
  • Run all tests appropriate for the symptoms
  • Interpret test results correctly
  • Handle specimens correctly


Sophisticated Medical Malpractice Representation


These types of cases can get extremely complex and require the knowledge of an experienced medical malpractice lawyer. Medical records need to be evaluated and health care professionals must be interviewed to determine whether or not proper protocol was followed. Since medical treatment often involves a team of professionals, it is important to accurately determine the negligent party at the onset of your case.


Mr. Knox will employ a team of medical experts to ensure that no detail of your case is overlooked. He provides all of his clients with the highest levels of personal attention, carefully listening to his clients’ stories even when their doctors failed to do so. Mr. Knox has the skills, background and experience needed to help you get the maximum compensation you deserve.


If you are a resident of the Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon or Winter Haven, Florida area and believe you may have a medical malpractice case due to a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, please contact our Orlando medical malpractice office today to arrange your free case evaluation with Stephen J. Knox. We also serve Bartow, Citrus, Mulberry, Plant City, Sumter, and Zephyrhills.

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