When we are suffering from a serious health condition, we expect healthcare providers to properly diagnose us. While most healthcare professionals do so, far too many healthcare professionals misdiagnose cases of cancer, heart attacks, stroke, aortic ruptures, infections/sepsis, and other serious conditions. This allows dangerous conditions to continue to fester and grow more severe, which translates into more danger to your body. We expect healthcare providers to diagnose our serious conditions in a timely manner and immediately begin treatment, not to allow these conditions to become irreversible. The only thing worse than severe conditions is when insurance companies try to hide behind a doctor’s mistakes by blaming you for your health emergency. That’s just not fair.
Here at Schlacter Law, we do not let hospitals and healthcare providers hide behind misdiagnosis mistakes. Our law firm has recovered millions of dollars for our clients, including $2,076,758, $1,625,0000, $825,000, $800,000, $790,000, and $775,000 in major personal injury accidents. We offer a FREE consultation, and, if we accept your case, we will aggressively pursue your case, which may include hiring industry-leading professionals and experts. There is no risk to ask for our help because we only get paid when we recover compensation for you. Call our award-winning law firm by dialing (305) 999-1111 or fill out a free case evaluation to discover what our medical malpractice lawyer at Schlacter Law can do for you.
Why Our Law Firm Is Different
Our experienced medical malpractice lawyer understands how frustrating it can be for a patient to have any condition misdiagnosed. This is particularly true for more serious conditions like heart disease and cancer. These are the two leading causes of death in the United States, which means related conditions need to be accurately diagnosed in a timely manner. Unfortunately, the third leading cause of death is preventable medical errors. This means far too many healthcare providers make reckless or negligent mistakes. We do not allow that.
At Schlacter Law, our law firm is different because our compassionate yet aggressive staff will fight back at insurance companies who try to hide their healthcare provider’s mistakes. We will not let big hospitals and insurance companies avoid responsibility for your injuries. We understand that victims of medical malpractice who have had serious misdiagnoses or delays in treatment could have irreparable and life-threatening injuries.
What Types of Misdiagnosis Cases Do We Handle?
We will handle any misdiagnosis case where a healthcare provider’s negligence has caused serious or catastrophic personal injuries to a patient. There are many types of misdiagnosis cases that could be caused by medical malpractice, including some of these cases that we will handle:
- Cancer misdiagnosis cases – You do not need a medical degree to know that cancer must be treated immediately and aggressively. Despite this, far too many healthcare providers fail to properly test for cancer or interpret cancer test results. This means that potential misdiagnosed cancer is allowed to fester and grow stronger. The longer that cancer is not treated, the more likely it is to become incurable.
- Heart attack misdiagnosis – We all know that people suffering from the telltale signs of a heart attack need to receive immediate medical attention. While they may be able to get a person to a hospital in time, far too many hospital emergency departments fail to treat patients who are suffering the clear signs of a heart attack. Unfortunately, many triage nurses fail to give heart attack patients priority, which results in a wrongful death.
- Stroke misdiagnosis cases – A patient suffering from a stroke needs immediate medical care and attention. The phrase “time is tissue” means that the longer a patient’s stroke is not diagnosed and treated, the more tissue will suffer damage.
- Aortic dissection misdiagnosis cases – An aortic dissection case is when a lining of the aorta tears and allows blood to pool in there. This creates an inefficiency in the heart that results in odd symptoms like numbness on one side of the body, sweats, and chest pain. Many healthcare providers check for a stroke or heart attack, and, when both conditions are negative, they discharge a patient. However, if an aortic dissection is not quickly treated it could result in an aortic rupture, which is a catastrophic failure and a quick death. An aortic dissection misdiagnosis is commonly fatal and should not happen.
What is My Medical Malpractice Misdiagnosis Claim Worth?
Under Florida law, damages are the measure of relief that a victim may be entitled to in a lawsuit. Personal injury victims are usually awarded monetary compensation for their damages. This means that victims may be entitled to compensation for the following:
- Past pain and suffering from the date of the accident to the date of settlement or award
- Future pain and suffering from the date of the recovery to the rest of the life of the victim
- Medical bills and expenses
- Lost wages from the accident or medical treatment
- Lost future earnings if the victim is unable to return to the same line of work
- Loss of consortium and services from loved ones
- Loss of life’s enjoyment
- Wrongful death if the victim passes away due to the misdiagnosis
- Any other damages caused by the injury
The amount of a settlement or jury award varies and depends greatly on many factors, including the facts of the case and the extent of your injuries. Expenses such as medical bills, lost wages, and other monetary losses can help start the process. Determining your compensation for pain and suffering is more difficult and is generally what is reasonable compensation for your injuries. There are many ways to calculate the pain and suffering component. Some lawyers take a multiple of the medical bills. For example, if your medical bills are $100,000, the pain and suffering award could be three times that amount at $300,000. Some lawyers only present a fair number depending on many factors such as the severity of the case, the jury, the judge and the insurance company. At Schlacter Law, our goal is to maximize this amount to put more money in our clients’ pockets.
There is No Risk to Get Schlacter Law to Fight for Your Patient Rights
Medical malpractice cases are usually more difficult and take longer to handle, especially without a medical malpractice lawyer. This is particularly true of misdiagnosis cases that can have issues with liability and damages. Here at Schlacter Law, we only make it more difficult for the insurance companies protecting their dangerous healthcare providers and doctors. If you suffered personal injuries due to the negligence of a healthcare provider or facility, call our misdiagnosis lawyer at Schlacter Law for a FREE consultation to learn what your case may be worth and how we can start protecting your rights to compensation today.
How We Handle Cases
- Your attorney will aggressively investigate your case. Schlacter Law will compile all necessary evidence needed to maximize the value of your case. Which includes but is not limited to photographs, police reports, security camera footage, witness statements, medical bills and medical records.
- You will remain in constant contact with Schlacter Law about the progression of your case.
- Your attorney will present your case to the insurance company and will attempt to resolve your case before the case goes to court for maximum compensation.
- Your attorney will make every effort possible to resolve the case as quickly as possible for the most amount of money you may be entitled to. You will be actively involved in the negotiation process with your attorney. Schlacter Law understands that this is your one opportunity to get justice for your loss.
- If settlement negotiations are unsuccessful, Schlacter Law will be fully prepared to bring your case to court to fight for the justice you deserve.
- At no cost to you, Schlacter Law will hire any experts and professionals needed to maximize your recovery and present your case in the strongest form possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know I was harmed by a healthcare provider?
Unfortunately, you might not. Many healthcare providers will claim it was impossible to have discovered or diagnosed your condition due to other complications or co-morbidities. Other times a healthcare provider will admit to a misdiagnosis but tell you that the condition was already “too far” or “progressed” to the point where nothing they could have done differently could have avoided injuries or a loved one’s wrongful death. If a healthcare provider has told you this, ask Schlacter Law to review your case for FREE to determine whether you have been wronged by a negligent healthcare provider.
How long do I have to commence a medical malpractice claim in Florida?
Two years from the date that the medical malpractice was discovered or should have reasonably been discovered. For birth injuries, a family may have until the child’s eighth birthday to commence an action. There are some extensions or “tolls” to these rules, but there are also some instances when these rules are shortened. Always get a medical malpractice lawyer to review your case as soon as you are able to do so.
How much does a medical malpractice lawyer cost?
Nothing upfront! That is the benefit of using a law firm like Schlacter Law. Under Florida law, plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases must have a medical expert opining that the defendant or defendants did commit medical malpractice which caused a victim’s injuries. This can be very expensive, but our law firm will pay those fees for the expert if we accept your case. You only owe our law firm after we collection compensation for you through a settlement or award.