Can I have a second opinion? It’s a question some of us are afraid to ask our doctors, but the answer could save your life.
According to research published in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice in 2017, more than 20 percent of patients who sought a second opinion at one of the nation’s premier medical institutions had been misdiagnosed by their primary care providers.
Wrong diagnoses aren’t limited to primary care doctors. They can happen with any kind of doctor or medical professional, in any setting. Doctors and medical professionals are well intended, well-meaning people, but they are human. And they do make mistakes.
Other common causes of wrong diagnosis include potential mistakes made at the laboratory, or a misread of an X-ray, CT scan, MRI, mammogram or other type of pathology study or diagnostic test. Wrong diagnoses also can result from faulty medical equipment (a misfunctioning X-ray machine, for example).
If you believe you received a wrong diagnosis – and that diagnosis was due to someone else’s negligence and it caused you physical harm – you have a right to seek compensation.
Damages could include compensation for your medical bills, missed wages, pain and suffering, expenses from physical, occupational and/or speech therapy, or any special accommodations for your injuries.
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.
The burden of proof will be on you to show that a doctor or other medical professional acted incompetently, or that a piece of medical equipment functioned improperly.
The statute of limitations for a Florida wrong diagnosis case is two years, so you should act fast. The experienced Ocala wrong diagnosis attorneys at the Rothenburg Law Firm are trial lawyers who handle medical malpractice cases in Reddick, Rutland, Inverness, Dunnellon, The Villages, Ocala, Huntington, Silver Springs, Marion Oaks, Leesburg, Gainesville, Belleview, York, Fellowship, Zuber, Anthony and many other North Central Florida towns.
Attorney Steve Rothenburg spent five years as a medical prosecutor with what is now the Florida Department of Health. He knows the law. He knows the experts. He knows how the medical system works. And he’s tried many famous medical malpractice cases.
The Rothenburg Law Firm accepts only a select number of wrong diagnosis cases to enable us the time we need to get you the best outcome. We get to know our clients personally and encourage you to ask questions, so we can keep you updated throughout your litigation. We work on a contingency fee basis; therefore, there is no cost to you for attorneys’ fees or costs if we are unsuccessful.