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The Most Common Types of Sports Injury Misdiagnoses

by The Beasley Firm  |  April 27, 2023  |  

Your Rights If Your Sports Injury Was Misdiagnosed

A sports injury can be devastating whether you are a professional athlete or a weekend warrior. To make matters worse, many sports injuries are not properly diagnosed resulting in a delay in treatment or dangerous health problems. If a misdiagnosis or other negligence exacerbated your injury you might be entitled to compensation.

At The Beasley Firm, we represent athletes who have suffered harm due to medical malpractice. Our legal team is well-versed in handling even the most challenging cases. We are unafraid to take on team physicians, hospitals, specialists, and more to get our clients the outcome they deserve. 

If your injury was made worse due to a misdiagnosis, contact our office at (215) 866-2424 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

What Are the Most Common Types of Sports Injury Misdiagnosis?

Athletes often get complex injuries. Unfortunately, these injuries can get misdiagnosed if the healthcare provider does not have a definitive understanding of sports medicine. 

Sports injuries that are commonly misdiagnosed include:

  • Fractures - Fractures can occur from stress or impact, but they can be deceiving on an X-ray. It is imperative to have your X-ray reviewed by a radiologist. Failure to promptly diagnose a fracture can result in additional harm.
  • Concussion - Head trauma is common in sports. From soccer to football, athletes of all ages experience serious concussions on the field. However, a misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis can greatly impact a personโ€™s health.
  • Knee injuries - Knee injuries are widespread among athletes. From torn ACLs to patella subluxation/dislocation, knee injuries can be career-ending. An early, accurate diagnosis often proves critical in making a full recovery.
  • Shoulder injuries - Rotator cuff injuries, sprains, and tears are all shoulder injuries that are typical in sports. Damage to the shoulder can impact nearly every aspect of a personโ€™s life.

It is always a smart idea to get a second opinion if you sustain a sports injury. The wrong diagnosis could delay your recovery or result in serious health problems. If you believe that your sports injury was misdiagnosed, contact our office immediately. 

What Happens When a Sports Injury is Misdiagnosed?

A misdiagnosed sports injury can be detrimental to an athleteโ€™s recovery and career. Any time that an injury is not diagnosed as quickly as possible it may result in a delay in treatment. Untreated some injuries may get worse, even becoming life-threatening. 

Team physicians, specialists, and other doctors are required to adhere to a reasonable standard of care. When they fail to meet this standard of care resulting in harm to the patient, it may amount to sports injury medical malpractice. It is imperative to discuss a suspected misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis with an attorney as early as possible.

Were You the Victim of a Misdiagnosis? Contact Our Office.

If your sports injury was misdiagnosed, contact our office at (215) 866-2424 to schedule a free consultation. Our firm has been helping medical malpractice victims throughout Philadelphia for over 60 years. We have secured some of the largest recoveries in state history. Cases are accepted on a contingency fee basis, meaning there are no fees unless we win. Call our office today to get started.

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