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Misdiagnosis of Neurological Emergencies & Michigan Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Our medical misdiagnosis lawyers frequently represent patients with conditions that were misdiagnosed by a doctor or hospital. Quite often, there is a misdiagnosis of a neurological emergency at a hospital or in the emergency department.  A misdiagnosis of a neurological emergency can lead to a delay in necessary treatment and this can result in significant injury or harm to the patient, including death.

Studies show that approximately 5% of hospital emergency department visits involve patients who present with neurological symptoms.  These include headache, dizziness, back pain, weakness, and seizure disorders.  Unfortunately, these neurological emergencies are often “missed” or “misdiagnosed” and the patient is either untreated or improperly treated for this urgent condition.

The common reasons for the misdiagnosis of an emergency neurological condition include an inadequate history being taken from the patient by the triage nurse or the emergency room physician.  Other reasons include the failure to perform a proper physical examination or neurological evaluation and the failure to correctly interpret tests and studies, like an MRI, CT Scan, or EEG.  A misdiagnosis can often lead to the failure to consult a specialist in a timely manner, which further delays essential and vital treatment and care.

A patient presenting with a neurological emergency may be presenting with the onset of a stroke, brain aneurysm, or some other serious condition.  Prompt treatment can often resolve the problem without substantial harm or minimize the potential harm by early intervention.  A delay in this treatment due to a medical misdiagnosis can have deadly or life changing results.

An emergency room doctor or hospital is only negligent when the signs and symptoms presented by the patient would lead a reasonable doctor to make a proper and timely diagnosis of an emergency neurological condition. This standard of care is based upon the training, skill, and specialty of the physician and the jury must determine whether a reasonable physician would have made the proper diagnosis.

In a medical malpractice lawsuit alleging the misdiagnosis of a patient, the patient must also prove that a proper and timely diagnosis would have resulted in a better medical outcome. That is, with a proper diagnosis, the patient could have received appropriate treatment and avoided additional injury.  Expert medical testimony is required to prove that part of the case and usually presented by a neurologist or neurosurgeon.

Statute of Limitations For Michigan Malpractice Lawsuits

The statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases varies from state to state. In Michigan, you must file a medical malpractice lawsuit within two years of the date of the malpractice. If you miss a deadline, your claim will be lost forever. To avoid these severe consequences, you should contact the Michigan medical malpractice attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. immediately.

Our No Fee Promise for Michigan Misdiagnosis Malpractice Cases

We will represent you in your Michigan malpractice case under our NO FEE PROMISE. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing!

Contact a Michigan Misdiagnosis & Wrong Diagnosis Malpractice Attorney

If you suspect that you or a family member had a neurological condition that was misdiagnosed by a doctor or hospital, you should contact our office immediately to discuss your case. There are strict time limitations for filing medical malpractice cases in Michigan and if you wait too long, your case may be barred forever. Call us now at (800) 606-1717.


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