Skip to Content
We Get You The Compensation You Deserve
Hovde Dassow + Deets Indianapolis Misdiagnosis Attorneys

Indianapolis Misdiagnosis Attorneys

Wrongful Diagnosis Claims in Indiana

Diagnostic errors—including misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, and failure to diagnose—are among the most common forms of medical malpractice in the United States. As many as 12 million adults are affected by diagnostic errors every single year, leading to an estimated 40,000 to 80,000 deaths. While anyone can receive an incorrect diagnosis, women and minorities are statistically the most at risk.

When doctors, specialists, and other medical professionals fail to diagnose patients accurately and promptly, those patients cannot receive the often-critical care they need. If you or someone you love suffered harm due to misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or failure to diagnose, you could be entitled to financial compensation. At Hovde Dassow + Deets, our Indianapolis misdiagnosis attorneys can fight for maximum compensation and seek the justice you and your family deserve.

Call our office at (317) 576-3241 or contact us online today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

What Is Medical Misdiagnosis?

Medical misdiagnosis, or simply misdiagnosis, is a term used to refer to various types of diagnostic errors. When these errors result in patient harm, victims and/or their families have the right to pursue legal action against the liable parties.

Some examples of misdiagnosis include:

  • Incorrect diagnosis
  • Delayed diagnosis
  • Missed diagnosis/failure to diagnose
  • Failure to diagnose a related or unrelated condition
  • Failure to recognize complications

These and other diagnostic errors occur for a variety of reasons, including dismissal of patients’ symptoms, failure to order/conduct proper diagnostic tests, misinterpretation of test results, lab misanalysis and errors, failure to follow up, incomplete patient examinations, poor communication, lack of knowledge, missing patient information, and more.

What Are the Most Common Misdiagnoses?

Although rare illnesses and medical conditions are more likely to be incorrectly diagnosed, relatively common health issues are also frequently misdiagnosed by doctors, specialists, and medical providers nationwide. According to a recent study, 1 in 10 patients with major vascular events, infections, and cancers (collectively known as “the big three”) are misdiagnosed.

Some of the most common improperly diagnosed medical conditions in the U.S. include:

  • Spinal abscesses
  • Lung cancer
  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Aortic aneurysms and dissections
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Lyme disease
  • Lupus
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Celiac disease
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Thyroid disease

When medical providers misdiagnose or meaningful delay diagnoses of certain serious medical conditions, patients can experience devastating injury, permanent disability, and death. Often, patients and/or their families are left to pick up the pieces—but you don’t have to face the aftermath alone. Get in touch with our team today to discuss your situation and learn whether you have a case.

Proving Negligence in a Diagnostic Error Case

To have a case for medical malpractice following a suspected diagnostic error, you will need to prove several important elements:

  • Duty of Care: First, you must establish that the medical provider or entity against whom you are bringing the claim (the “defendant”) owed you a duty of care. This means that they had a legal responsibility to uphold the accepted standard of care in responding to or treating your illness, injury, or medical condition. Typically, proving the existence of a doctor-patient relationship is sufficient for establishing the duty of care.
  • Breach: Next, you must prove that the defendant breached the accepted standard of care, meaning they did not act in the same way that another qualified medical provider would have in the same or similar circumstances. If your doctor conducted various tests that were inconclusive before referring you to a specialist, this does not necessarily constitute a breach of the standard of care. However, if your doctor dismissed your symptoms or failed to order any tests, you could have a case.
  • Injury: You will also need to prove that you were injured (whether physical, emotional, or financially) or suffered measurable harm. You must prove that you sustained damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, lost enjoyment of life, etc. If a medical provider gave the wrong diagnosis, but you were not injured, you do not have a case.
  • Causation: Lastly, you must prove that the defendant’s breach of the accepted standard of care was the direct or proximate cause of your injuries and/or damages. In other words, you will have to show that you would not have been harmed had the medical provider who treated you upheld the standard of care, i.e., by acting as another qualified medical provider could reasonably have been expected to act in the same or similar circumstances.

At Hovde Dassow + Deets, we assist our clients in proving each of these key elements. Our attorneys work with industry-leading experts, including medical professionals, who provide critical expert testimony in our clients’ cases. This is nearly always necessary in complex diagnostic error cases and other claims involving allegations of medical negligence.

Let Our Firm Fight for You

The consequences of a diagnostic error can be devastating. At Hovde Dassow + Deets, our Indianapolis misdiagnosis lawyers understand the significant impact these mistakes have on victims and their families. We are deeply committed to helping each and every one of our clients fight for the full, fair compensation they are owed. Our aggressive approach to litigation has helped us recover more than $300 million total in compensation for our clients.

If you believe that you or someone you love was harmed due to misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or a missed diagnosis, reach out to Hovde Dassow + Deets today to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced attorneys

Call (317) 576-3241 or submit an online contact form today to get started.

Our Testimonials

Hear From Our Happy Clients

  • "He's amazing!!"
    Nick deets a very outstanding, straight forward professional who absolutely cares about his clients and their families would most definitely recommend him as a personal injury lawyer.He's amazing!!
    - Rodregius hayes
    indy, IN
  • "Highly recommend Nick Deets to anyone in need of a "Rock Star" attorney!"
    My wife suffered a very serious car accident where her car was totaled. We went online and did research; based on reviews just like this one looking for the right fit. We needed a savvy professional to represent my wife in her injury claim, we chose Nick Deets to represent our best interests. We have no regrets about our decision to partner with Nick. There is no question that he is extremely knowledgeable and competent regarding his craft. He took the time to prepare, educate and counsel us on how long our case would take and what to expect - things went as scripted to the point where he got exactly what we had expected. There were highs and lows throughout the process but all-in-all Nick handled it with the utmost respect and concern for us. I will definitely recommend Nick to anyone in need of a "Rock Star" attorney - you only need to make one call and it's not to the "Hammer" it should be to Nick Deets of Hovde, Dassow Deets.
    - Rick M.
  • "Conscientious, professional, & accommodating."
    Conscientious, professional, and accommodating. The case was handled in a very conscientious manner always be considerate of our delicate situation. Our attorney was always very professional and accommodating. He met us according to our needs. The firm was fair and honored their fee schedule provided to us ahead of time. Our case was handled in a very timely fashion, giving much consideration to our family's needs. I would highly recommend their agency.
    - Stacy J.
  • "Very knowledgeable and really cares"
    Nick and his staff are absolutely amazing.they are very knowledgeable. It was a very bad time in my life and after talking to nick it was such a relief.I really did not know where to turn .nick reassured me that it would be ok.nick is very down to earth and very understanding.nick listens to you and guided me through the process.His staff is very professional and helpful.Nick never once made me feel like I had unanswered questions.Nick is very detailed and dedicated to your case.After speaking with nick on day one I knew I was in good hands.there is a reason he is the best in the state and I could not be happier with his performance as an attorney.
    - Tony S
    Sullivan, IN
Schedule Your Consultation

Personalized Attention In A Modern World

We’re Ready to Help

A member of our team will be in touch shortly to confirm your contact details or address questions you may have.

  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.
  • By submitting, you agree to be contacted about your request & other information using automated technology. Message frequency varies. Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to cancel. Acceptable Use Policy
Hovde Dassow + Deets

What Sets Us Apart?

  • Aggressive, Experienced, and Compassionate Counsel
    Benefit from legal representation that combines assertiveness, expertise, and compassion, ensuring a comprehensive approach to your legal needs.
  • Track Record Of Success
    Trust in a law firm with a proven track record of successful outcomes, assuring that your case will be handled with a history of excellence.
  • Hundreds of Millions Recovered For Our Clients
    Rely on our expertise that has resulted in the recovery of hundreds of millions for our clients, demonstrating our commitment to achieving favorable financial outcomes.
  • 150+ Years of Collective Legal Experience
    Gain the advantage of over 150 years of combined legal experience within our team, ensuring seasoned guidance and insights to navigate even the most complex legal challenges.
  • Personalized Attention & Carefully Curated Legal Plans
    Experience legal services tailored to your unique needs, with personalized attention and meticulously crafted legal plans designed to address your specific circumstances with care and precision.