Failure To Diagnose Lawyer

Failure To Diagnose Lawyer

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people suffer injury or death because of medical errors. One such error, a medical provider's failure to diagnose, can potentially lead to serious, if not fatal, consequences.

The failure to diagnose an injury, disease, or illness can result in a lost opportunity for effective treatment for the patient. This is especially true in cases where successful treatment requires a prompt diagnosis.

While not all cases of a failure to diagnose result in tragic outcomes, a failure to diagnose can lead to severe, often irreversible, consequences.

Failure To Diagnose Errors

Not all instances of a failure to diagnose warrant a medical malpractice claim. Sometimes a doctor will make an honest mistake in judgment. However, there are instances in which a failure to diagnose represents an unjustified mistake. Such instances may occur when:

  • The doctor ignores the patient's complaint
  • The doctor misinterprets or fails to recognize symptoms or heightened risk factors
  • The doctor fails to perform the appropriate diagnostic tests or misinterprets test results
  • The health insurance provider refuses testing necessary to make an accurate diagnosis.

Dangerous Undiagnosed Conditions

Some of the conditions that could lead to serious injury or death after a failure to diagnose include:

  • Heart attack
  • Appendicitis
  • Meningitis
  • Cancer; especially breast, colon, lung, and prostate cancers
  • Failure to Diagnose and the Law

The laws governing failure to diagnose medical malpractice claims are unique in their complexity. The attorney prosecuting such cases must take on the difficult task of proving that a breach in the standard of care caused the failure to diagnose and ultimately direct harm to the patient. However, an experienced malpractice attorney will know how to establish the causality required for a failure to diagnose claim.

If your rights have been violated because of a failure to diagnose, you may be eligible to receive monetary compensation . Contact a misdiagnosis lawyer.

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