When facing challenges to your health, you rely on Edisto medical professionals to diagnose the problem and provide treatment to alleviate pain, illness or disease. However, in times when a physician misdiagnoses your illness or a surgeon makes a mistake during surgery or a doctor delays treatment, your health disorder can worsen. As a result of your deteriorating health, you may face mounting medical bills to pay for additional treatment or risk the possibility of losing wages because you are not able to work. Although your goal is to get better, you and your loved ones know that if it wasn’t for a healthcare provider’s error, your health would not have taken a turn for the worse.
If you have experienced physical injuries and financial setbacks due to a medical professional’s negligence, turn to the law office of Howell & Christmas. Our Edisto medical malpractice lawyers can handle your Edisto medical malpractice claim and help you pursue compensation for your injuries. Our team of experienced legal professionals represents clients whose lives have been altered due to healthcare providers who have delivered substandard medical care that resulted in injuries to patients.
Missed Diagnoses is a Common Error
Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or medical provider’s negligence in treating a patient results in injury or death. Medical professionals, such as surgeons, obstetricians, nurses, technicians, and anesthesiologists, are held to certain standards when it comes to providing care to patients. A violation of these professional standards can cause injury to patients. Unfortunately, these injuries can include amputating the wrong limb, allowing a medical disorder to become worse due to a misdiagnosis, causing damage to a vital organ during an operation or failing to monitor a patient’s oxygen level during a surgical procedure.
A study published in the British Medical Journal Open found that the most common malpractice claims for primary care doctors were missed diagnoses. According to the study, the most common missed diagnoses for adults were:
- Cancer (most commonly breast, colon, melanoma, lung)
- Heart attacks
- Ectopic pregnancy
For children, the most common missed diagnoses that warrant the attention of an Edisto medical malpractice lawyer included:
Following missed diagnosis claims, other common mistakes made by primary care physicians were medication errors involving drugs such as antibiotics, anticoagulants, antidepressants and antipsychotics. Death was the most common consequence of a missed diagnosis, according to the study.
Here to Serve You
Edisto patients who are victims of a medical provider’s negligence must prove that they were injured and the medical professional caused the injury. This is where the medical malpractice lawyers at Howell & Christmas investigate the circumstances of their clients’ injuries in an attempt to prove that they would not have been harmed had it not been for a medical professional’s error.
Medical malpractice claims are complicated and require skilled legal professionals to handle the intricacies. Rather than put yourself and your family through additional stress, contact the law firm of Howell & Christmas to discuss the legal options available to you. Our initial consultation is free and there is no obligation. Our Edisto medical malpractice lawyers handle cases and throughout South Carolina. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.