Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice FAQ: What is a Classic Example of Misdiagnosis?



PHP Law Firm in Wichita, Kansas, has been helping victims of medical malpractice for decades, so we’ve seen many examples of misdiagnosis. According to medical malpractice attorney, James R. Howell, the most common example of misdiagnosis that is not considered medical malpractice is the following scenario:

You or a loved one sought medical care for a certain complaint and the health care provider reviewed your signs, symptoms and medical history. Your signs, symptoms and medical history were not “classic” for your disease or ailment, whether it was a heart attack, pancreatitis, a stroke or something else. Perhaps your signs, symptoms and medical history even indicated another type of illness. You or your loved one were either treated for a different illness or were sent home, and the result was harm, injury or even death as a result of the misdiagnosis.

In the above scenario, a misdiagnosis occurred, but the actions taken were not likely medical malpractice. Why? Because the health care provider delivered the “standard of care” based on your signs, symptoms, and history, but unfortunately, that information was not enough to make a correct diagnosis.

To learn the definition of medical malpractice and to find out more about what the “standard of care” means, read our article here.

How Our Wichita Medical Malpractice Attorneys Can Help

At PHP Law Firm, we understand that determining whether a misdiagnosis involved medical malpractice can be overwhelming— especially as you strive to put your life back together. That’s why we offer free consultations to talk through your situation with a legal professional.

Our primary goal is making it possible for the patient and/or their loved ones to move forward again, so we do not charge a cent unless we win compensation for you.

If you think a misdiagnosis you or your loved one received could have involved medical malpractice, please contact us directly at (316) 683-9080. We look forward to speaking with you!


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