New Braunfels Medical Misdiagnosis Attorney
Misdiagnoses Lawyer in Comal County, Hays County, and Guadalupe County
Everyone makes mistakes, but these mistakes have consequences, especially if the errors were careless oversights in routine areas. Medical misdiagnosis falls squarely into this category. In addition to the mistake itself, which often has life-altering or life-ending consequences, there is a betrayal of trust. Patients count on doctors to provide thorough treatment based on ascertainable facts, and anything less simply will not do, in a legal or moral sense.
Forceful attorneys at The Bettersworth Law Firm begin and end every case with the same determination: to do what is necessary to obtain maximum compensation for you and your family. Our aggressive lawyers are not intimidated by big insurance companies and large, impersonal medical groups. Our only concern is to protect your rights, both at the negotiating table and inside the courtroom.
Cause of Misdiagnosis
Just like negligence in a truck wreck case is often a combination of several factors, negligence in a misdiagnosis case may come from one or more causes, including:
- Refusal to Order Tests: Some doctors do not order necessary diagnostic tests, often because they are afraid the insurance company will refuse to pay.
- Overscheduling: Statistically, general practitioners must work nearly 22 hours a day to provide adequate care to all their patients. Once again, money is the primary reason because more patients mean more dollars.
- Lack of Responsibility: When cornered, some doctors claim that nurses or technicians provided inaccurate or incomplete information.
- Rush to Judgment: On average, doctors listen to their patients for only 18 seconds. In other words, they often diagnose based on what the charts say and their education tells them, as opposed to the patients' symptoms.
- Arrogance: To one degree or another, some doctors ignore test results that conflict with their instincts about a particular patient.
Commonly Misdiagnosed Conditions
Cancer, in general (leukemia, in particular), is one of the most commonly undiagnosed illnesses. Many doctors do not even consider cancer as a possibility if the patient does not "fit the profile" in terms of age, known risk factors, family history, and so on. In fact, it is not unheard of for doctors to discount or ignore hard data that conflicts with their instincts.
Because they are somewhat rare, doctors may not consider illnesses like lupus and Lyme disease, even if the patients exhibit obvious symptoms. Other undiagnosed conditions include strokes, heart attacks, and Parkinson's disease. Altogether, some experts estimate that 12 million Americans a year are misdiagnosed at least once.
Misdiagnosis, especially cancer misdiagnosis, is a two-way street. While some doctors overlook these conditions, others are quick to wrongfully diagnose them, often based on little or no medical evidence. Either way, the economic and non-economic damages in these matters are often substantial.
Overworked and harried doctors misdiagnose South Central Texas every day. For a free consultation in this area, contact The Bettersworth Law Firm at 830-606-0404. We represent individuals and families in New Braunfels, San Marcos, Seguin, Comal County, Guadalupe County, Hayes County, and throughout South Central Texas.