When a patient visits a doctor with an ailment, it is the physician’s responsibility to accurately diagnose the patient’s condition. He or she must order the appropriate diagnostic tests, ask questions about the patient’s symptoms and medical history, and use standard techniques to assess and identify the illness. Unfortunately, not all doctors uphold this duty of care while diagnosing patients, leading to medically misdiagnosed conditions that can worsen over time.
If you received a misdiagnosis, you may be eligible to file a medical malpractice claim against the at-fault physician. The Kansas City medical misdiagnosis attorneys from Goza & Honnold, LLC can represent your claim, helping you secure the compensation you need to recover.
Why Choose Us
- We understand how painful it can be to recover from medical misdiagnosis. Our attorneys will handle all aspects of your case so you can focus on treatment, not paperwork.
- Our attorneys’ track record speaks for itself. We have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of clients and have received some of the most prestigious trial and litigation awards.
The Dangers of Medical Misdiagnosis
We expect doctors to fully examine any symptoms we experience and provide an accurate diagnosis. Misdiagnosis can cause severe harm, leading to prolonged injuries, worsening complications, and the progression of serious illnesses. For example, say you go to the doctor after experiencing sudden weight loss and blood in your stool. These are hallmark symptoms of cancer that adequately trained doctors should recognize.
At your appointment, your doctor simply congratulates you on your weight loss without checking your symptoms. A few months later, your symptoms worsen and another doctor diagnoses you with stage III colon cancer. If the first doctor had ordered the proper tests, your condition and prognosis may have been much better than its current state.
If you suffer an injury or a worsening illness due to medical misdiagnosis, you may be eligible for a medical malpractice claim against the physician. To prove your right to compensation, you must prove that he or she did not uphold the accepted standard of care while diagnosing your condition. At Goza & Honnold, LLC, we will partner with expert medical witnesses who can validate your injuries and provide insight on what a reasonably prudent and similarly trained medical professional would have done under the same circumstances.
How Long Do You Have to File a Missouri Medical Malpractice Claim?
If you discover that your doctor misdiagnosed you, it is important to contact a medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible. Missouri sets a time limit, known as the statute of limitations, on civil lawsuits. If you do not file by the deadline, the court will likely dismiss your claim without awarding compensation.
In Missouri, you have two years from the date of the misdiagnosis to file your lawsuit. However, you may not discover the impact of the misdiagnosis until much later. If your case involves the physician’s negligent failure to inform you of your test results, you have two years from the date you discovered or should have reasonably discovered the injury to file your claim. To determine your specific filing deadline, speak to an attorney at Goza & Honnold, LLC.
Contact a Kansas City Medical Misdiagnosis Attorney
Doctors must uphold their duty of care while treating patients. If your doctor misdiagnosed your condition and you suffered injury or a worsening illness because of his or her misdiagnosis, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. In these situations, Goza & Honnold, LLC can help.
Contact us today to discuss your legal options with one of our Kansas City medical misdiagnosis lawyers.