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Fibromyalgia is an uncomfortable condition that inflicts constant, severe pain onto a victim. Patients who suffer from fibromyalgia often seek medical help managing and treating their symptoms. Unfortunately, many doctors misdiagnosis fibromyalgia patients, causing many patients to needlessly suffer.
Misdiagnosed fibromyalgia can cause patients to suffer from untreated symptoms for an extended period of time. Fortunately, there are some remedies available to patients who were misdiagnosed or negligently treated. Medical professionals owe their patients a standard duty of care when treating them and their ailments; if their care falls below this standard, they could be held liable in a court of law.
If you or a loved one has suffered injury caused by misdiagnosed fibromyalgia, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free case evaluation with a fibromyalgia medical injury attorney. We want to do what we can to help relieve you of some of your burden.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A FIBROMYALGIA MISDIAGNOSIS?
Fibromyalgia is a condition marked by widespread chronic pain and fatigue with no obvious cause. Though the pain may not have been caused by an external injury, it is real nonetheless. When fibromyalgia is diagnosed and treated properly, many patients experience a significant reduction in symptoms; unfortunately, diagnosing fibromyalgia is often difficult because its symptoms can mimic those of other conditions.
There are many different ways in which fibromyalgia can be misdiagnosed. Understanding these mistakes and how they affect the lives of patients can help you better understand just how negligent your doctor was in his or her medical diagnosis. The common diagnosis mistakes for this devastating condition include the following:
The main symptom of fibromyalgia is widespread pain; a diagnosis of fibromyalgia can be tricky, mainly because fibromyalgia is not the only condition with widespread pain. Besides pain, another major symptom of fibromyalgia is chronic fatigue; again, patients with other conditions often have chronic fatigue. There are other symptoms of fibromyalgia, but just like pain and fatigue, they are experienced by patients suffering from other conditions; this symptom overlap can make it difficult for doctors to diagnose fibromyalgia.
Another problem with diagnosing fibromyalgia is that a patient could have other conditions at the same time. Health professionals, especially those unfamiliar with fibromyalgia, may limit themselves to treating one disease and fail to check whether fibromyalgia could be contributing to the symptoms.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fibromyalgia affects approximately 4 million adults in the United States, which equates to about 2% of the adult population. Although fibromyalgia is prevalent, new research has found that doctors have misdiagnosed many patients over the years. The reasons why are not simple, for there are many things that can contribute to a misdiagnosis of fibromyalgia.
Many Americans suffer from this debilitating disease, with many of them receiving inadequate treatment. If you were injured from being misdiagnosed and are currently suffering from fibromyalgia, call a fibromyalgia medical injury lawyer as soon as possible. A lawyer may be able to help you assess your options and seek compensation from the negligent medical professional accordingly.
Can i sue if my fibromyalgia was misdiagnosed?
If you were misdiagnosed and have fibromyalgia, you may be entitled to legal compensation. Although fibromyalgia is not a life-threatening condition, patients can still suffer from intense and debilitating pain. Depending on the specifics of your condition and misdiagnosis, you may be able to seek compensation from the doctor who misdiagnosed you.
Researchers have detected some symptoms that commonly occur in fibromyalgia patients. If you suffered from any of these symptoms and were misdiagnosed, and thus not treated, by a doctor, you may be eligible to file a legal claim. Common symptoms include the following:
- Intense, widespread pain
- Memory problems
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Sensitivity to light, temperature, and noise
- Morning stiffness
- Numbing of the limbs
- Tingling of the limbs
- Sleep disturbances
- Urinary problems
Local statutes and laws can vary by jurisdiction, so your filing requirements for a medical malpractice suit may vary depending on your jurisdiction. Typically, medical malpractice victims must prove that their doctor failed to provide them with medical attention that met the recognized standard of care of their profession. If you can prove that your doctor acted negligently or recklessly in their diagnosis, you may be able to recover.
The laws that govern fibromyalgia and medical malpractice cases can be dense and difficult to understand. If you or your loved one was misdiagnosed and now suffers from fibromyalgia, call a medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible. If hired, an experienced medical negligence attorney will be able to help you evaluate your case and assess your legal standing.
HOW MUCH IS MY CLAIM WORTH?
If you are currently suffering from misdiagnosed fibromyalgia, you may be entitled to compensation, or damages, for your losses. Damages refers to the sum of money the law imposes for a breach of a duty or violation of some right; plainly, damages are the monetary awards that successful plaintiffs win from a civil lawsuit. When pursuing a claim, there are many different types of damages that an aggrieved party can request, and the damages received will vary depending on the specifics of your particular claim.
Damages in a medical malpractice lawsuit can include compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Loss of income and benefits
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
- Cost of care
- Loss of quality of life
- Physical pain
- Emotional distress
- Permanent disability
Damages in a medical malpractice lawsuit can be awarded for a variety of reasons. Damages may depend on the severity of the responsible party’s negligence and the reasons behind the ordeal itself. If you are planning to file a lawsuit and want to seek the highest compensation possible, contacting an attorney can help; once hired, your medical malpractice lawyer will be able to help you calculate your damages and expenses.
WHAT CAN A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAWYER DO FOR ME?
Deciding whether or not you need to hire or consult with an attorney can be a difficult decision, especially if this is your first time being party to a litigation. When making such an important decision, it is important to know what a medical malpractice lawyer can do for you and your case. A few things that an injury attorney may be able to do to help your claim succeed include, but are not limited to, the following:
Research the Law
Different jurisdictions have different laws for injury claims. Some courts require additional evidence or proof in injury cases. Determining which laws apply to your case may be difficult. An attorney near you should be able to help you determine which laws are relevant in your case.
Gather and Organize Evidence
Gathering evidence in a medical malpractice case is critical because many courts require that plaintiffs provide an adequate showing of their injuries. A personal injury attorney may be able to help you gather this evidence and determine which proof is needed when filing.
Ask the Right Questions
When you contact a lawyer about your potential medical malpractice case, they will ask you questions about your experiences and injuries. Your answers to these questions are critical because they will likely determine the basis for your claim. An experienced attorney will ask about your injuries, when they began, the extent of your injuries, your family history, any medical history, and prior treatments.
Consult with the Court
Speaking and consulting with the court can be one of the most difficult parts about bringing a case before a tribunal. Some courts have specific procedures that are difficult to understand and implement without any legal training. A personal injury attorney will be able to speak to and petition the judge on your behalf.
Filing a medical malpractice claim in court can be difficult for individuals who are unfamiliar with the legal system. If you are suffering from injuries caused by reckless medical treatment, contact an attorney as soon as possible. If you delay speaking to an attorney, you may hurt your case and decrease your chances of being compensated for your injuries.
Get help from A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAWYER AT ZINDA LAW GROUP
Studies indicate that fibromyalgia patients commonly suffer from severe pain and discomfort; without the proper treatment, these patients are often forced to deal with many uncomfortable symptoms. Unfortunately, many patients suffer from misdiagnosed fibromyalgia because the condition itself is so difficult to diagnose.
If you or a loved one is currently suffering from misdiagnosed fibromyalgia, contact a medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible; an experienced attorney will be able to answer all of your questions during confidential consultations. Once they know what you want to know, they will go over with you some of the most common misdiagnosed fibromyalgia FAQs and assess your claim accordingly.
At Zinda Law Group, we have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you pursue the highest compensation possible. Zinda Law Group may be able to provide you with personalized and quality consultation about the specifics of your legal claim. Moreover, the sooner you contact our office, the better we may be able to serve you.
If you or a loved one is suffering from misdiagnosed fibromyalgia, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with one of our experienced medical malpractice lawyers. You don’t owe us anything unless we win your case. That’s our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.
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