Medical Malpractice – Failure to Diagnose Lawyer
Not all medical malpractice cases at Moriarty Injury Lawyer are about negligent procedures performed by medical professionals. Often the worst cases are when nothing was done to protect the health of the victim of medical malpractice. Failure to diagnose an illness or disease can be one of the most damaging types of medical negligence and is almost always preventable.
One of the duties of physicians is to listen to their patients and examine the evidence before them when a patient comes to them for medical care. The extensive education and training they receive is designed to give them the tools to determine the cause of an illness. While no doctor is expected to know every symptom for every disease, they have access to the testing and information needed to make the necessary diagnosis. When they ignore the obvious signs and symptoms, or do not perform the testing needed to diagnose a patient’s illness and it leads to harm, they may be liable for their lack of action.
Delayed Diagnosis of Medical Conditions
Failure to diagnose and delayed diagnosis are not uncommon forms of medical negligence or malpractice. When a disease or health condition is present with symptoms or patient risk factors that are common indicators, it is expected that a physician will explore and test to obtain a diagnosis for the patient. Since most diseases have much lower risk for injury or death when detected and treated early, failure or delayed diagnosis can be disastrous for the patient. Some of the medical conditions that are often not diagnosed due to medical negligence include:
- Cervical abscess
- Compartment syndrome
- Epidural abscess
- Heart Attack / Myocardial Infarction
- Missed EKG / Missed ECK
- Postoperative infection
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Spinal abscess
If you have suffered from one of these diseases, or lost a loved one, and diagnosis of the condition was delayed, causing harm, you or your loved one could be a victim of medical malpractice. Contact our office today and schedule a free consultation with our team at Moriarty Injury Lawyer to discuss pursuing a failure to diagnose lawsuit for compensation.