Going in for a common medical checkup may not seem like a big deal, but it can quickly turn an individual’s life upside down. Miami patients and those across the nation often submit to medical tests recommended by their doctors. When the results come back, it is common to put full faith and credit into what the doctor says. If the diagnosis is serious, it could lead to extensive medical operations, lengthy medication plans, and emotional turmoil. While it may sound scary, it might be more terrifying to realize that sometimes this treatment is completely unnecessary.

One Florida woman has had to learn this the hard way. The 68-year-old woman though for months that she was dying when colonoscopy tests came back revealing she had an aggressive form of cancer. A portion of her rectum was removed in an attempt to stop the cancer, but it was later discovered that the tissue was cancer-free. The patient now alleges that doctors mixed-up her sample with that taken from a man who suffered from rectal cancer. The woman has since filed a lawsuit against the hospital.

We put a lot of trust in our doctors, but the sad reality is that they are not immune from mistakes and recklessness. When these medical professionals fail to uphold the minimum standard of care, patients are left physically, emotionally, and financially harmed. It could take years, even decades to recover from a medical malpractice injury. In some cases, permanent disability is the result. In others: death.

Thus, it is imperative that hospital negligence patients fight to hold accountable those who have harmed them. The process is often complicated by legal strategies and difficulties obtaining evidence, but an experienced Miami attorney may be able to help victims recover the compensation they deserve so they can pay off their medical expenses, recoup lost wages, and ease their pain and suffering.

Source: New York Daily News, “Florida retiree claims part of her rectum was removed after false cancer diagnosis,” Lee Moran, Sept. 3, 2014