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A misdiagnosis is one of the most common and serious instances of medical malpractice. The consequences can be grave for a victim of the misdiagnosis, especially when a health care professional fails to detect a life-threatening condition or exacerbates a condition that could have been readily treated and which now requires a new round of treatment and another round of medical bills.

The attorneys at Skelton, Taintor & Abbott have years of experience with representing clients in medical malpractice claims. We have a history of achieving successful results for our clients in medical malpractice cases throughout the state of Maine, including Auburn, Rockland, Waterville, Augusta, Bangor, Lewiston, Biddeford, Portland and South Portland.  Contact our medical malpractice legal team at (800) 639-7026 or contact us online to learn more about your options.

There are various types of misdiagnosis, including:

  • Failure to properly diagnose underlying conditions;
  • Failure to properly diagnose the cause;
  • Failure to properly diagnose the subtype of a properly diagnosed disease;
  • Failure to diagnose any complications that the original disease caused;
  • Diagnosis of the wrong disease;
  • Diagnosis of an illness when patient is actually healthy;
  • Missed diagnosis;
  • Delayed diagnosis.

We also realize that there can be many reasons for the misdiagnosis, such as failure to:

  • Respond to a patient’s complaints or symptoms;
  • Communicate with other doctors, nurses or health-care staff;
  • Order tests that would have produced a correct diagnosis;
  • Refer the patient to a specialist;
  • Lack of familiarity with the disease or knowledge of only the most common diseases

Physicians may also have difficulty analyzing symptoms relating to emotional or mental well-being.  Human error can lead to contamination of laboratory tests, improperly done test procedures, and improperly read test results.

A medical misdiagnosis is a serious error and can lead to unnecessary surgery or treatment or the lack of vital life-saving treatment.  When you or someone you love has suffered a grave injury resulting from medical negligence or misdiagnosis, you need an experienced lawyer to handle your case.  Without that legal help, few doctors or hospitals will take your claim of misdiagnosis seriously and will find ways to justify their mistakes.

If you or a family member believes they have suffered injury as the result of a misdiagnosis, contact Skelton, Taintor & Abbott at (800) 639-7026 or contact us online to learn more about your legal options. At Skelton, Taintor & Abbott, we will investigate your case to identify all responsible parties and pursue maximum compensation for the injuries you have suffered. You may be able to recover your past and future medical expenses, lost income, and compensation for your pain and suffering, diminished quality of life and permanent disability.