Failure to Diagnose – A Commonly Seen Form of Medical Malpractice

By David Austin

In the United States, failure to diagnose any illness or medical condition is a type of medical malpractice that is commonly seen. There can be devastating consequences for a patient when a doctor fails to diagnose and provides treatment is a timely manner. To know how many people have died because of a misdiagnosis is hard to do however every year tens of thousands of Americans die because of medical mistakes that could have been prevented.

Did Your Doctor Fail to Diagnose Cancer?

There can be a delay in treatment, the wrong treatment given or none at all if cancer is misdiagnosed. Cancer is an illness that needs to be treated early because any delays can cause damage that cannot be reversed. Unfortunately, there are cases when treatment is give when an individual does not have an illness. Even these cases can cause irreversible damage.

Commonly seen cancers that resulted in a wrongly diagnose case include:

* Breast
* Colon
* Cervical
* Lung
* Prostate

If you have suffered damages because your doctor failed to diagnose your cancer or you were mistakenly diagnosed with cancer, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a professional attorney for a free evaluation.

Other Types of Diagnosis the is often Wrong

Cancer is not the only condition that is often involved in missed diagnose cases. Others include:

* Heart attacks
* Stroke
* Diabetes
* Meningitis
* Blood clots
* Others

Some factors that may cause a doctor to be involved in a mistaken diagnosis are:

* Not listening to the patient
* Not recognizing symptoms
* Misinterpreting symptoms
* Failing to perform required tests
* Misinterpreting lab results

Physicians can be held legally accountable if their negligence harms their patient.

Patient Rights for Diagnosis Malpractice

If you were a victim of a negligent in diagnosis, you have some legal rights and may be able to recover some compensation from medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of earning capability and more. Contact a professional attorney to find out if you are eligible to some compensation. Contact a medical malpractice attorney for a free evaluation.

Statutes of limitations do apply in these types of cases so it is important to file a claim within these time limits. These time restraints vary in every state however, it is usually one to three years from the time of the injury. Your malpractice attorney is aware of these laws and they will work in a timely fashion to get your claim heard. Contact a medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible and they will advise you of your legal options.

David Austin is an Attorney focused on complex injury cases. You can learn more about
Failure to Diagnose at his website.

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