Biggest Mistakes to Avoid in Misdiagnosis Cases
As a medical malpractice lawyer with experience in this field I can say it’s the same as with all medical malpractice cases. The most common mistake would be waiting too long to get second opinion, waiting too long to confront your doctor, or taking what your doctor says as gospel that the side effects that you are experiencing are typical and expected.
In some cases, side effects that occur after a surgery or procedure could be just a temporary side effect. They could be normal, expected side effects. If someone is put out of commission for a day or two after surgery, most likely that’s expected. But if someone’s put out of commission for weeks or months at a time, that’s probably not expected and you should look for a second opinion and a lawyer.
So some of the mistakes they make are not confronting their doctor about any side effects or feeling, not getting a second opinion, and also not consulting an attorney until much, much later after this has occurred; and sometimes after the statute limitations.
Consulting Your Doctor
If you think you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice I encourage you to consult your doctor and bring these concerns to his or her attention, or to get a second opinion as soon as possible so that something can be done to fix whatever mistake or error was made before it’s too late.
Those are the biggest mistakes one can make in any of these cases. Lastly, make sure to consult an attorney as soon as possible, so that they can prepare and evaluate your cases as early as possible.
Is There Anything That You Should be Aware of Before Filing a Claim or Speaking With An Attorney?
Those who believe they may have suffered from a misdiagnosis should always speak with an attorney before filing any claim because there’s not a hospital or doctor in the world that will fight a claim without an attorney. So it would be in your best interest to speak to an attorney before filing a claim.
And the best thing you can do is to document your history, and document your medical treatment with whatever provider you think has caused you harm. That means getting all the records and getting any previous records that relate to anything that happen.
So for example, if it’s a case of misdiagnosis, of cancerous growth or something like that, then you would go and get all the records from any kind of respiratory treatment you have received throughout the years.
And then you can give an attorney a full and accurate picture of what your medical history is for that condition.
Is There A Statute Of Limitations In Maryland Medical Malpractice Cases?
Yes, there is. The statute of limitations in Maryland for medical malpractice cases is five years from the day to the injury or three years from when it should have been discovered, whichever is shorter.
So typically, that makes it a three years statute of limitations because the courts have held that it’s not when the person finally does know, but when they should have known about it.