Philadelphia Failure to Diagnose Lawyers
For many patients, an early diagnosis of a disease or health condition can mean the difference between a straightforward, uncomplicated recovery and a lengthy, painful treatment. Some treatments are only effective if the patient is promptly diagnosed. Even treatable conditions can become terminal if they are allowed to progress.
The human body is designed to alert us when something is wrong. When patients are turned away or told nothing is wrong, a lack of diagnosis can have disastrous results. At LawMD, our lawyers help people who have been victims of medical negligence in failure to diagnose cases. Because many of our attorneys are also physicians, we have the skill and experience to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Common Failure to Diagnose Cases
Doctors can miss any type of health problem, from a simple issue to a life-threatening disease. In the most tragic cases, a doctor’s failure to diagnose a disease or condition cuts a life short. Common failure to diagnose cases include:
Missed cancer diagnosis. Cancer is one of the most underdiagnosed health conditions in the United States. Even more troubling, studies show doctors don’t even realize how often they miss it. In a 2013 study performed by the National Coalition on Health Care, doctors said they believe they fail to diagnose up to 10 percent of the time. However, studies show this number is closer to 28 percent and probably even higher.
Missed heart attack. Because the symptoms of a heart attack often look similar to non-serious and temporary health conditions, doctors sometimes dismiss them as stress, fatigue, a stiff neck caused by sleeping the wrong way, or a bout of high blood pressure. Patients get send home with instructions to rest or take a couple aspirin, only to experience a massive heart attack hours or days later.
Missed diabetes and ketoacidosis. Diabetes is a manageable disease, but it can be deadly when allowed to progress untreated. Children are especially vulnerable to the health conditions that can develop due to undiagnosed diabetes.
Missed blood clots and DVT. Deep vein thrombosis can occur after surgery, during prolonged air travel or periods of sitting, or in otherwise healthy people. These blood clots commonly form in the legs, but they can occur in other parts of the body, causing permanent damage and death.
Most doctors are highly-skilled clinicians who care about their patients. They don’t set out to miss a disease or to cause their patients unnecessary pain or distress. At the same time, many doctors are overworked. They are burdened by heavy patient loads and often struggle to balance the demands of work and family. Even a small error can have tragic consequences for a patient. Other failure to diagnose cases include:
- Use of defective medical equipment
- Inadequate medical examination
- Misinterpretation of test results
- Failure to order a diagnostic test
- Lack of follow-up care
- Failure to refer to a specialist or other physician
- Inadequate medical screening
- Failure to gather health history
- Failure to check for drug interactions
If you believe your health care provider failed to diagnose your health problem, it’s important to act quickly. The law limits the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit. If you wait too long, you will be barred from bringing a medical malpractice claim.
Get Help from a Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you were injured by a doctor’s failure to diagnose or a hospital’s negligence, you may be entitled to medical damages, damages for pain and suffering, lost wages, the cost of future medical care, and other compensation.
Our Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys offer free case evaluations. Call today to discuss your case with an experienced LawMD attorney. Call 888-MY-LAWMD ( 888-695-2963 ).