Department of Defense physicians may work under unique circumstances, but that doesn’t absolve them of the duty to provide quality patient care when diagnosing medical conditions. You could suffer physical harm from a diagnostic error, but the implications extend into financial and other losses as well. Fortunately, you do have rights as a patient. Plus, some of the previous limitations on claims by active duty soldiers have been eased by new developments in the laws regarding military medical misdiagnosis.
Despite the recent expansion of your legal options as a victim of misdiagnosis, it’s still essential to work with experienced attorneys to ensure you get the full compensation available by law. Our team at Palmer | Lopez is knowledgeable about the current legal landscape, so we’re prepared to pursue all possible remedies. Please contact our office to set up a no-cost consultation with a lawyer today. You might also find it helpful to review some basic information about your options.
Harsh Consequences of Medical Misdiagnosis
There are two different scenarios in which a mistake in diagnosing a medical condition can lead to serious patient harm:
- Delayed Diagnosis: When a health care provider doesn’t identify your medical condition in a timely fashion, you won’t get the proper care you need promptly. Your ailment could become worse without proper treatment, potentially leading to permanent damage. In situations involving a vascular event or infection, delayed diagnosis could even be fatal.
- Wrong Diagnosis: If a physician provides an inaccurate diagnosis, you might receive inappropriate treatment – while at the same time care for the actual condition is withheld. Failure to properly diagnose cancer is especially devastating, since the condition could become without proper treatment.
Our lawyers at Palmer | Lopez handle both types of medical misdiagnosis cases, as well as other claims that are linked to a diagnostic error. We’re prepared to advocate on your behalf throughout the legal process.
How Military Medical Misdiagnosis Claims Work
There was a time when you were severely limited in your options to recover compensation for an error in diagnosis. The laws didn’t extent to misdiagnosis issues arising out of your time in active service. However, the recently enacted National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (NDAA) made significant changes to your rights. You can now file a claim with the Secretary of Defense, through which you can receive up to $100,000 in damages. If your actual losses exceed this amount, you can take your claim to the Treasury Department. Note that you have two years to file a medical military misdiagnosis claim, starting from the date you discovered the error.
Contact a St. Petersburg Military Medical Misdiagnosis Lawyer to Set Up a Consultation
A diagnosis mistake can have far-reaching implications for your life, which is why you should retain skilled legal counsel to assist with your NDAA claim. For more information on your rights and remedies in a military medical misdiagnosis case, please contact Palmer | Lopez You can reach our St. Petersburg office at 813-967-8505 or via our website to schedule your free case evaluation.