Orlando Missed Diagnosis of Infection Malpractice Attorneys
Most infections are not life-threatening when discovered quickly and treated appropriately. However, when there is a delay in diagnosing an infection, a patient can suffer fever, pain, inflammation, and a variety of other symptoms. If an infection is missed entirely by health care professionals, a patient can face life-threatening consequences, including kidney failure, sepsis, toxic shock syndrome, and necrotizing fasciitis.
If you or a family member suffered injuries caused by a health care provider’s delay in diagnosing or failure to diagnose an infection, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, pain, suffering, trauma and losses. At Bailey Fisher PLLC we have more than half a century of combined successful legal experience both in and out of the courtroom. We are dedicated to ensuring that the responsible party is held accountable and that you receive the compensation to which you are entitled for all your injuries.
How Are Infections Diagnosed?
When a patient presents symptoms of an infection, such as a fever, inflammation, increased respiration, or a raised heart rate, a health care provider should follow common protocols to determine how to treat the patient. When diagnosed promptly and accurately, most infections can be successfully treated. Treatment, however, begins with diagnosis.
Physicians and other health care providers have an array of tools at their disposal to discover the presence of an infection. Blood tests, radiological exams, and other lab work can all help discover the existence of an infection as well as the source and type of infection. Once an infection has been identified, additional tools are available to help determine the proper treatment for that infection. For example, cultures may be necessary to decide which type of antibiotic will work on the infection.
What Happens if an Infection Is Not Diagnosed?
If a health care provider fails to conduct the appropriate diagnostic tests or otherwise causes a delay or failure to diagnose an infection, the infection can strengthen and spread. A delayed diagnosis means the patient suffers unnecessarily.
If the diagnosis comes too late, or there is a complete failure to diagnose an infection, that infection can lead to systemic infection of your internal organs known as “sepsis.” Sepsis, in turn, can cause multiple organ failures, septic shock, permanent tissue damage, and even death.
Orlando Missed Diagnosis of Infection Attorneys Hold the Responsible Parties Accountable
Doctors and other health care providers are not expected to be perfect. Some infections show few, if any, telltale signs, making them exceedingly difficult to diagnose. Health care providers are, however, expected to live up to the standard of care imposed on them by Florida law.
The law defines medical malpractice as the failure of a health care provider to act in accordance with the accepted professional standard of care owed to their patients. In other words, when a doctor fails to act as a reasonably prudent medical provider of the same specialty would and causes a patient to suffer serious injury or wrongful death, the doctor may be held responsible for inflicting harm on his or her patients with a medical malpractice lawsuit.
What Financial Compensation Can Victims of Missed Diagnosis of Infections Malpractice Recover?
If you believe that a health care provider failed to diagnose an infection in a timely manner, or missed the infection altogether, you may be entitled to compensation for both economic and non-economic damages. These damages include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost income
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Diminished capacity for enjoying life
- Other damages recoverable under Florida law
Medical malpractice lawsuits are complex in nature because of the complicated laws that apply and the likelihood of protracted litigation. Having an experienced attorney on your side will dramatically increase your chances of successfully holding the at-fault party (or parties) responsible and recovering compensation for all possible damages if you are the victim of a missed diagnosis of infection. At Bailey Fisher, our medical malpractice attorneys are committed to advocating on your behalf and ensuring that you receive the compensation you deserve for the injuries you suffered.
Get the Help You Need from Experienced Orlando Missed Diagnosis of Infection Malpractice Attorneys
If a health care provider failed to diagnose an infection promptly and accurately, the injuries you suffered as a result may be life-altering. You may be unable to earn what you earned prior to the missed diagnosis. You could also need additional treatment, including surgery or long-term specialized medical care. Focusing on your health while also trying to navigate the legal system by yourself can be extremely challenging. Having an experienced Orlando medical malpractice attorney on your side is the best way to ensure that your interests and your rights are protected while you concentrate on healing.
At Bailey Fisher, we are dedicated to protecting your rights and explaining your legal options. Let us be your voice in the legal system so that you can focus on your recovery. We will zealously pursue the negligent party (or parties) to make sure they are held accountable and that you receive the maximum compensation available for your medical expenses, lost income, pain, and suffering.
Call us at 407-628-2929 or submit our online form today. One of our experienced Orlando medical malpractice attorneys will evaluate your case for free and advise you on the next steps.