Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis are forms of medical malpractice in California. If a medical professional makes an incorrect diagnosis, it prevents the actual injury or illness from being treated. This can lead to weeks or even years of unnecessary suffering on the part of the patient.
 
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis, a personal injury lawyer from Johnson Attorneys Group will fight to help you recover the compensation you deserve. Johnson Attorneys Group charges no fee for our services unless we settle or win your case.
 

 

California Misdiagnosis and Delayed Diagnosis

When a doctor fails to provide the level of care necessary to correctly diagnose a patient, it can potentially cause many different problems. The patient can be prescribed the wrong medication or a proposed treatment regimen can make the patient's condition worse. Here are some examples of how a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis can seriously harm a patient:
  • Cancer: Early diagnosis is often critical for cancer patients. A late diagnosis can result in much more costly treatments and the patient may suffer a great deal of physical pain if the cancer progresses unchecked.
  • Stroke: If a stroke is diagnosed quickly and correctly, patients can sometimes make a full recovery. A stroke misdiagnosis can lead to paralysis, reduced mental capacity or even death.
  • Heart Attack: Heart attack victims need immediate care. A delayed diagnosis can lead to heart damage or wrongful death.
  • Infections: A carelessly misdiagnosed infection can lead to serious injury or death, if a doctor prescribes the wrong antibiotics to treat a patient. Johnson Attorneys Group has successfully helped Californians recover damages for these and other types of medical misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis.

Compensation for Misdiagnosis and Delayed Diagnosis

A medical misdiagnosis can severely impact a patient's quality of life or even lead to a wrongful death. People who suffer because of a bad diagnosis in California can sue for damages for the following:
  • Lost wages and future lost wages
  • Medical bills (past and future)
  • Bodily injury
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disability or disfigurement as a result of the misdiagnosis
Damages for medical malpractice in California for non-economic losses are capped at $250,000. Non-economic damages would include pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement and other negative effects of the misdiagnosis. California has a one year statute of limitations for filing a medical malpractice case. This means that the case must be filed within one year of an injury or wrongful death which resulted from a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis. If more than one year has passed, you will not be able to recover damages. There are certain specific exceptions to the statute of limitations, so your best course of action is to consult with Johnson Attorneys Group about your case.

An Experienced California Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You with Your Medical Misdiagnosis Lawsuit

Johnson Attorneys Group has recovered more than $50 million in damages for our clients in recent years. If you have been a victim of a medical misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, or if you have lost a loved one because of a missed diagnosis, contact us today for a free consultation about your case. Our experienced personal injury attorney does not charge a fee unless we win or settle your case. Any of our 12 offices can be reached 24/7 at 1-800-208-3538.