Physicians and other health care professionals are trained to detect a variety of health conditions, both minor and major. Correctly diagnosing a health problem is incredibly important, as many minor health issues can rapidly develop into serious and life-threatening issues when left untreated. Serious health problems, such as cancer and heart disease, can progress with alarming speed. In many cases, it’s imperative to find a disease in its early stages so that treatment can begin right away. When doctors fail to diagnose a problem, it can be devastating for the patient.
If you suffered unnecessary complications due to a delayed diagnosis, or if your loved one died as a result of a doctor’s failure to diagnose his or her health condition, we can help. Our attorneys work to hold negligent medical professionals accountable, seeking full and fair compensation for victims and their families.
Contact us online or call (888) 695-2963 for a free consultation with a Washington, D.C. failure to diagnose attorney.
Types of Cases We Handle
Our medical malpractice lawyers at LawMD have a wide range of experience in failure to diagnose cases.
Our physician-attorney, an experienced trial lawyer, has helped people in the following types of cases:
- Failure to diagnose breast cancer
- Failure to diagnose colon cancer
- Failure to detect mental illness
- Failure to diagnose heart attack and heart disease
- Failure to diagnose chronic health conditions, such as diabetes
- Failure to diagnose birth defects and obstetric complications
- Failure to correctly interpret X-rays, lab results, and diagnostic tests
- Failure to diagnose meningitis
- Delayed diagnosis
The Effects of Missed Diagnoses
In many cases, doctors simply move too quickly. They go from patient to patient and room to room without really taking the time to properly assess each patient. This can be disastrous, as missed health concerns can rapidly evolve into serious problems. For example, a patient with a missed diagnosis of depression could ultimately harm himself or someone else. Similarly, a patient with a metabolic disorder, such as diabetes, could experience organ failure due to a doctor’s failure to diagnose the condition.
In other cases, doctors are overconfident about their knowledge or abilities. They may ignore a patient’s complaint about symptoms or refuse to order further testing because they believe they are correct about a patient’s health condition. When a doctor’s treatment falls below the applicable standard of care, people can suffer serious harm.
What is often frustrating for patients is that they had a gut feeling something wasn’t right. When your instincts are firing on all cylinders, it’s discouraging to be told you’re just imagining things or, even worse, making it up to get attention.
If your doctor failed to diagnose your health condition, you deserve an opportunity to tell your side of the story. It’s also important to make sure your doctor is held accountable for his or her mistake. Your speaking up could improve the lives of the hundreds of patients who come after you. It takes courage to stand up for what’s right, which is why our lawyers fight so hard to make sure patients get the respect and compassion they deserve for doing so.
We Are the Advocates You Need
Failure to diagnose cases are incredibly challenging. They are difficult to prove, and they are notoriously difficult to win. Many patients feel discouraged before they even speak to a lawyer. To make matters worse, doctors often have a “circle the wagons” mentality toward their fellow physicians. They protect their own, sometimes even at the cost of a patient’s well-being. Proving that a doctor failed to diagnose a condition is a daunting undertaking, which is why you need an experienced, compassionate legal team on your side.
LawMD is that team. Our trial lawyers have won failure to diagnose cases for patients across the country. We are based in Washington, D.C. and serve clients across the United States; We practice in some of the country’s biggest health care hubs. And, because many of our attorneys are also medical professionals, we have the knowledge and experience to effectively champion your case from start to finish.
Delays Can Bar Your Case Forever
The time limits for filing a medical malpractice case are short. If you miss these important deadlines, you risk having your case forever barred. This is why it’s so important to speak to an experienced medical malpractice lawyer about your case as soon as you suspect you have been a victim of a failure to diagnose.
Medical malpractice cases are complex. As a patient, it’s normal to have a lot of questions about your case and your options. If you feel overwhelmed, you are not alone. Fortunately, you don’t have to feel stressed or confused about the next steps in your case.
Call the Washington, D.C. failure to diagnose attorneys at LawMD today at (888) 695-2963 to start getting the answers you deserve.