Five Diseases that are Frequently Misdiagnosed and North Carolina's Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations

October 2, 2007, by Michael A. DeMayo

A CNN.com article published on Saturday lists five diseases that are commonly misdiagnosed by doctors:

1) Aortic dissection
2) Clogged arteries
3) Cancer
4) Infections
5) Heart attacks

The article offers suggestions that patients can use to empower themselves from being the victim of misdiagnosis, including:

1) Request additional tests
2) Ask yourself if your symptoms could be indicative of a different illness than what your doctor has diagnosed
3) Make sure that you follow up on test results—your doctor may have forgotten about your tests

Misdiagnosing a patient’s illness can lead to serious injuries, health problems, and even wrongful death. Misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, and delayed diagnosis are just a few of the many kinds of medical errors that a medical caregiver can make. When a patient becomes even more ill or dies as a result of a medical error, the injured patient or his or her surviving family members may have grounds to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against any negligent parties.

In North Carolina, the statute of limitations for filing a medical malpractice lawsuit is either three years from the time that medical malpractice incident occurred or one year from the time that the injury or death caused by medical malpractice was discovered. A lawsuit cannot be filed, however, more than four years from the time the medical malpractice incident, which led to the injuries or death, took place.

Other kinds of common medical malpractice errors can include surgical errors, failure to obtain informed consent from a patient, negligence, failure to property monitor a patient’s vital statistics, lab errors, prescription errors, and other errors by primary care physicians, nurses, dentists, orthodontists, hospitals, hospital workers, and other medical providers.

If you or someone you love is seriously injured or killed because of a medical error, you should speak with a medical malpractice lawyer right away. Medical care providers are required to fulfill a certain standard of care when treating patients. When that standard of care is not fulfilled and a person is seriously injured or dies because of this negligence, you need an experienced medical malpractice lawyer working for you that knows how to thoroughly investigate and prove your case.

You are entitled to compensation for your injuries or loss, pain and suffering, and any related damages, including loss of work, lost income, permanent disability, medical costs, future medical care, and loss of enjoyment of life.

Five commonly misdiagnosed diseases, CNN.com, September 29, 2007

Related Web Resources:

Medical Malpractice in North Carolina: Medical Malpractice, Wrongdiagnosis.com

Wrongdiagnosis.com

Medical Malpractice, Insurance Information Institute

 
 

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