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Did your physician or other healthcare providers fail to correctly and timely diagnose your medical condition? If so, the lack of a prompt, correct diagnosis likely worsened your ailment and put your well-being at risk. You have the right to hold a negligent healthcare provider liable for the harm they caused you by their misdiagnosis, and a medical malpractice lawyer from Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs can help you do so.

Our personal injury attorneys have advocated for the rights of injured people in Houston and South Texas for several decades, recovering over $1 billion on their behalf. When you turn to us for help after a medical professional fails to diagnose you correctly, you can expect clear guidance and advice, a direct line to your legal team, and an aggressive advocate for what you deserve. What’s more, you will not pay any fees unless we recover money in your case, which means there’s no financial risk in asserting your rights.

Don’t wait to seek the legal representation you need to hold your healthcare providers accountable for their errors. Contact Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs for a free initial case review with our Houston medical malpractice lawyer

What is a Medical Misdiagnosis?

A medical misdiagnosis is a healthcare provider’s misidentification of their patient’s condition, late diagnosis of the correct condition, or failure to notice anything is wrong with their patient. A medical misdiagnosis can cause a patient to suffer increased pain, an extended period of adverse health complications, and the worsening of an illness or medical condition that can render treatments less effective.

Common Medical Conditions Misdiagnosed

A medical professional might misdiagnose a condition that has hard-to-identify symptoms or shares symptoms with other, more common conditions. Conditions and illnesses frequently involved in cases of medical misdiagnosis include:

  • Cancer, including breast cancer, cervical cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer
  • Stroke and heart attack
  • Lyme disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Celiac disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Lupus
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Appendicitis
  • Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome

How to Prove Medical Misdiagnosis and Negligence

Correctly diagnosing certain conditions can be challenging for even the best-trained and most experienced medical professionals, and not all diagnostic errors rise to the level of negligence. However, doctors must order tests and interpret their results carefully, and their failure to exercise this duty can make them liable for an avoidable misdiagnosis. Proving that a medical professional’s negligence was to blame for your misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or failure to diagnose will require strong evidence, such as:

  • Your medical records
  • Progress charts
  • Prescription records
  • Diagnostic test results, including lab results and radiology scans
  • Staffing records
  • Provider notes
  • Surveillance video
  • Eyewitness testimony

You will also need written reports and testimony from a medical expert in the same profession and specialty as the provider who misdiagnosed you to prove your misdiagnosis claim. Your medical expert will give their opinion on the applicable standard of care in your case, a term describing the treatment decisions other providers of similar training and experience would have undertaken in circumstances identical to yours. The expert will also explain how your provider’s conduct failed to meet the standard of care and how your provider’s breach of the standard of care led to the misdiagnosis.