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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on May 12, 2015

In the FOX television show House, M.D. which is based on the lives of unconventional doctor Gregory House and the younger doctors he mentors, the phrase “It’s not lupus” or “It’s never lupus” has recurred several times. In the show, the younger doctors were suggesting lupus as a possible diagnosis when they couldn’t figure out what was wrong with the patient. .

The reason why the doctors at PPTH are unable to determine whether a certain disease is lupus or not is because lupus is often mistaken for other illnesses. Lupus is known as one of the “great imitators” and symptoms of lupus may vary widely and come and go unpredictably.

In real life, misdiagnoses can lead to serious consequences to patients. Although doctors are human and medicine is not an exact science, a misdiagnosis can be grounds for a medical malpractice case. By definition, Medical malpractice is professional negligence on the part of a health care provider either by acting or failing to act in a manner that falls below the accepted standard of practice in the medical community that results in further injury or death to a patient.

Between 15,000 and 19,000 malpractice suits are brought against doctors each year. If you think you may be a victim of medical malpractice, speak to an experienced malpractice attorney today. In order to file a claim, you’ll need to show the following:

A doctor-patient relationship existed. That means you had an illness or injury and the doctor treated you.
The doctor was negligent. In this case, the wording of the law is specific that the care the doctor provided you fell below the accepted standard of care. This is when expert testimony by another medical professional often comes into play in the event of a trial.
The doctor’s negligence caused the injury. The patient must show that it is “more likely than not” that the doctor’s incompetence directly caused the injury. Again, a medical expert usually testifies that the doctor’s negligence caused the injury.
The injury led to specific damages. To prove medical malpractice,the patient must have suffered:

  • physical pain
  • mental anguish
  • additional medical bills, and
  • lost work and lost earning capacity.

If you or a family member has suffered due to negligence, it’s important to act right away. These types of cases are often difficult and time consuming. Also, in the state of Arizona, there is a statute of limitations on filing a claim. Speak to an attorney today.