In 2014, the journal BMJ Quality & Safety reported that each year in the United States, about 12 million adults who seek outpatient medical care are misdiagnosed.
In half of those cases, the misdiagnosis has the potential to result in severe harm. And that doesn’t include inpatients who are misdiagnosed during a hospital stay.
Misdiagnosis in Florida can take two forms. It can mean that a serious diagnosis (such as a heart attack) was mistaken for a less-serious condition (such as a panic attack).
It also may mean that the diagnosis came to late, such as cancer that wasn’t found until a later stage, which resulted in longer and more serious treatment using chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy.
If you believe you were the victim of a misdiagnosis or late diagnosis – and that your late diagnosis led to more aggressive treatment or to potentially harmful treatment that could’ve been avoided – you should seek the advice of the Ocala misdiagnosis attorneys at the Rothenburg Law Firm.
There are many serious health conditions that are commonly misdiagnosed. Certain types of cancer, such as breast cancer, colon-rectal cancer or prostate cancer – can be missed if doctors don’t follow screening guidelines. Heart conditions such as a mild heart attack or clogged arteries may be mistaken for indigestion or panic. Infections (staph infections, sepsis) may be misdiagnosed as a virus or a flu. Stroke may be misdiagnosed as a severe headache. And conditions like aortic dissection may be mistaken for heartburn.
If you believe you are the victim of a missed or late diagnosis, you should seek the advice of an experienced medical malpractice lawyer immediately. In Florida, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases is two years from the time of injury, so you must act fast.
When childbirth errors are the result of negligence of carelessness on the part of a medical professional, it’s a type of medical malpractice. Florida law allows you a two years statute of limitations from the date of the error to seek damages caused by childbirth errors.
Attorney Steve Rothenburg with the Rothenburg Law Firm in Ocala, Florida, spent five years as a medical prosecutor with what is now the Florida Department of Health. He knows how the medical field works. He knows the experts. He has more than 25 years of experience in representing clients who are the victims of misdiagnosis or a late diagnosis, and he’s been the attorney for several famous medical malpractice cases.
Medical malpractice cases such as childbirth error cases can be complex. You’ll want to seek a medical malpractice lawyer who knows the health care system, knows the experts, and understands how complex litigation works in Florida.
The Ocala childbirth error attorneys at the Rothenburg Law Firm work with the best available experts in the field of medicine and medical rehabilitation. Attorney Steve Rothenburg uses his 25-plus years of legal experience in Florida courts and administrative agencies to represent moms and babies who have been harmed by childbirth negligence
The Rothenburg Law Firm represents clients from Belleview, York, Fellowship, Dunnellon, Fort McCoy, Ocala, Huntington, Silver Springs, Leesburg, Marion Oakes, Gainesville, York, Zuber, Reddick, Anthony, The Villages, Inverness, Rutland and other communities throughout North Central Florida.