Failure to Diagnose

A medical professional might work a shift that goes as long as 12 hours or more. During those 12 hours, it’s likely that person would be called upon to make hundreds of decisions—some of which will be life-or-death. Fortunately, most medical professionals are skilled and talented at what they do, so most of those decisions are correct. But, sometimes errors and mistakes can result in the failure to diagnose a serious condition. These mistakes can result in irreparable injury or death and should be considered medical negligence.

A recent study found that claims for failure to diagnose make up the majority of medical malpractice cases. If you or a loved one have suffered as the result of an undiagnosed or misdiagnosed condition, contact McIntyre Law today. Our experienced team of attorneys will help you get the compensation you deserve. McIntyre Law has been representing plaintiffs in failure to diagnose lawsuits for a long time—we have the resources and experience it takes to take on hospitals and medical centers, and we are also skilled in handling the experts insurance companies often use to avoid liability for medical negligence.

What is Failure to Diagnose?

Since most of us are not medical professionals, we trust our doctors and other providers to recognize when something is wrong and know what to do to best treat it. When a doctor or provider fails to recognize a set of symptoms that indicates a serious condition, that mistake is medical negligence called failure to diagnose. The failure to diagnose a potentially fatal disease or condition can cause terrible suffering for a patient, and sometimes even death.

There are lots of reasons why a medical professional could miss a diagnosis. Medical negligence involving failure to diagnose typically occurs when health care professionals fail to follow accepted standards of care and treatment protocols. This could happen because of a failure to order the necessary diagnostic procedures, such as blood, imaging or physical tests. Many times, these tests would have detected the condition and given the physician the information needed to begin life-saving treatment.

Many times, the diagnostic tests, themselves, can be the source of medical negligence. An improperly administered test or lab mistake can cause those interpreting the test or lab results to overlook a life-saving diagnosis. Some of the most common conditions that go undiagnosed include:

  • Breast cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Heart attacks
  • Meningitis
  • Fractures
  • Fetal distress

The Effects of Failure to Diagnose

Failure to detect certain conditions early can result in delayed treatment that severely diminishes one’s quality of life and chances of recovery, sometimes leading to wrongful death. We’ve had clients come to us with stage IV cancer who ultimately did not survive. If a doctor had detected the cancer sooner, those patients might still be alive today.

If you or a loved one suffered from a physician’s failure to diagnose cancer, stroke or a heart attack, please contact McIntyre Law for a free consultation. The exceptional level of experience and personal care can make a difference in the outcome of your case.

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