Sadly, we often read about a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis that resulted in premature death or prolonged suffering of a patient. If serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses are not diagnosed correctly and in a timely manner, the patients may be unnecessarily exposed to prolonged periods of suffering and hospitalization — or worse.
There are many possible consequences of this form of medical malpractice. In addition to mental, physical and financial suffering, misdiagnosis typically causes trauma to the family of the patient as well.
When a misdiagnosis results in serious injury or a fatality, a medical malpractice claim may be an appropriate legal remedy. These cases are typically complicated and require extensive investigation.
To establish financial liability, it will be necessary to prove the medical practitioner was negligent in a manner that caused or materially contributed to the patient’s serious injury or death. In order to establish this, an attorney may make use of testimony from medical experts.
Hawaii residents who have suffered the consequences of misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis — or those who have lost loved ones in this manner — may choose to seek guidance and support in assessing the viability of a medical malpractice lawsuit. In the event of a loved one’s death, a wrongful death claim may be an option.
Successfully litigated claims may result in monetary judgment to cover medical and/or end-of-life expenses, along with any other financial damages recognized by applicable laws. To read more about wrongful death claims and how we may be able to help, please visit our Catastrophic Injuries and Wrongful Death page.