Oklahoma City Failure to Diagnose Injury Lawyers
Before a sick patient can be treated, he or she must be properly diagnosed. Unfortunately, failures to diagnose are rampant throughout all levels of Oklahoma’s medical system, including hospitals, clinics, diagnostic laboratories, and specialized practices.
If your doctor failed to diagnose your medical condition, you may have been the victim of malpractice, which means that you may have a right to compensation for your hospital bills, lost earnings, and other expenses. With over 75 years of combined experience handling complex malpractice claims on behalf of Oklahomans, the diagnostic error attorneys of Hasbrook & Hasbrook are prepared to fight hard for you and your family in pursuit of the maximum possible compensation.
We know how hard it is to talk about being misdiagnosed, but whenever you feel ready to start exploring your legal recourse, know that our friendly attorneys will be there to guide and counsel you at every step of the way. To set up a free, completely confidential consultation, call our law offices at (405) 698-3040.
How Often Are People Injured or Killed by Diagnostic and Medical Errors?
A diagnostic failure might involve a misdiagnosis, a delayed diagnosis, or complete failure to detect the presence of a disease or disorder altogether. Regardless of which type of error occurs, the patient is likely to suffer serious harm as a result. For instance, the patient might be given inappropriate medication, which could permanently damage organs, tissues, or bodily functions, or lead to serious complications. The patient might come to need extremely aggressive treatments, which would not have been necessary if the diagnosis was made earlier. The patient might suffer permanent disability as a consequence of disease progression. Sadly, some patients even lose their lives.
These types of catastrophic mistakes occur more often than anyone would like to imagine. Shockingly, autopsies suggest that doctors seriously misdiagnose fatal illnesses as often as 20% of the time. In fact, the American Medical Association itself has previously suggested that in the United States, medical errors may be one of the leading causes of death – a fact which was confirmed in 2013, when hospital errors became the number three cause of death nationwide, tragically claiming nearly 450,000 lives.
Furthermore, it has been estimated that inadvertent adverse effects or complications resulting from treatments by a physician result in anywhere from 225,000 to 284,000 deaths per year. Another analysis suggests that anywhere from 4% to 18% of patients experience adverse effects from misdiagnosis, leading to:
- 116 million additional physician visits
- 77 million more prescriptions
- 17 million visits to emergency rooms
- 8 million admissions to hospitals
- 3 million long-term admissions
Frequently Misdiagnosed Diseases and Disorders
Misdiagnosis involves a doctor or healthcare provider failing to detect an illness and/or order tests required in situations where it is reasonable to assume the patient is suffering from a disease or other medical condition – stated more simply, a situation where the doctor should have known better, taking all pertinent factors into consideration.
Unfortunately, some of the most commonly misdiagnosed medical conditions are also some of the most serious. Some examples include:
- Symptoms – Abdominal pain, chills, fever, nausea, vomiting
- Mimics – Crohn’s Disease, ectopic pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
- Breast Cancer
- Symptoms – Breast pain, inverted nipples, lumps/masses, nipple discharge
- Mimics – Benign cysts, fibroadenoma, mastitis
- Cervical Cancer
- Symptoms – Fatigue, irregular menstruation, pelvic pain, spotting
- Mimics – Cervical erosion, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Colon Cancer
- Symptoms – Abdominal pain, bloody stool, changes in stool color/consistency
- Mimics – Appendicitis, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, IBS
- Symptoms – Excessive thirst, frequent urination, vision problems
- Mimics – Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Heart Attack
- Symptoms – Chest pain, difficulty breathing, jaw pain, nausea, vomiting
- Mimics – Mistaken for acid reflux (gastroesophageal reflux disease/GERD), costochondritis
- Symptoms – Discharge, pain, redness, swelling
- Mimics – Cancer, eczema, gout, herpes
- Lung Cancer
- Symptoms – Chest pain, coughing up blood, fatigue, weakness, wheezing
- Mimics – Asthma, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia, pulmonary embolism
- Lyme Disease
- Symptoms – Fatigue, fever, flu-like symptoms, joint pain, skin rash
- Mimics –Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS/amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), lupus, Parkinson’s Disease, rheumatoid arthritis, shingles
- Symptoms – Headache, fever, neck stiffness
- Mimics – Ear infections, influenza, strep throat, tonsillitis
- Ovarian Cancer
- Symptoms – Abdominal pain, bloating, indigestion, pelvic pain
- Mimics – Benign cysts, diverticulitis, endometriosis, IBS, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Pulmonary Embolism (Lung Blood Clot)
- Symptoms – Chest pain, coughing, shortness of breath
- Mimics – Anxiety, asthma, pneumonia
- Skin Cancer
- Symptoms – Irregular growths and birthmarks (e.g. scaly appearance, uneven edges, multicolored growths)
- Mimics – Benign moles/birthmarks, eczema, psoriasis, ringworm
- Symptoms – Blurry vision, facial paralysis, muscle weakness, slurred speech
- Mimics – Bell’s Palsy, labyrinthitis, migraines, MS
- Testicular Cancer
- Symptoms – Lumps in the scrotum
- Mimics – Benign cysts, epididymitis, hydrocele
- Tuberculosis (TB)
- Symptoms – Chills, fatigue, fever, persistent cough, swollen lymph nodes
- Mimics – Lung cancer, pneumonia
If you believe you have suffered serious injury due to a misdiagnosis or missed cancer diagnosis, or someone you love has died because of a wrong diagnosis, you deserve a comprehensive investigation into how and why the mistake occurred. At Hasbrook & Hasbrook, we believe that you have a right to be compensated for the suffering that you or a loved one has endured. To talk about your case in a free and private legal consultation, call our law offices at (405) 698-3040 today.