When it comes to treating illnesses, diseases, or other medical conditions, time is often of the essence. For conditions like breast cancer, colon cancer, heart disease, stroke, and others, early detection and treatment can literally mean the difference between life and death. Catching a disease in its earliest stages (or before it develops) can dramatically improve the chances of survival. A delayed diagnosis, on the other hand, can mean a disease that has moved past the point of cure or requires a course of treatment that is much more painful, burdensome, and expensive than it would have been had the condition been identified earlier.
When a doctor or another medical professional is negligent in diagnosing a patient’s condition in a timely manner, patients and their families suffer. At LawMD, we help families who are living with the often deadly consequences of a delayed diagnosis. Our experienced delayed diagnosis attorneys—many of whom are also licensed physicians—have a long track record of success obtaining compensation for victims of these kinds of medical errors.
Doctors are highly educated and trained professionals. But they are also human beings, vulnerable to the same factors than can cause any of us to make mistakes—stress, time pressures, overwhelming responsibilities, and balancing work and family life.
A delayed diagnosis is one medical mistake that can result when physicians fail to take the time, follow the right protocols, or use their best judgment in evaluating a patient. They may be dismissive of a patient’s complaints or concerns. They may fail to ask important questions about the patient’s current condition or medical history—vital information that can contain clues as to what is ailing them. Relying on perceived instinct and an “I’ve-seen-it-all” attitude, doctors may fail to order necessary tests or screenings that would have revealed the patient’s illness and allowed for early intervention.
Additional reasons for a delayed diagnosis can include:
A delayed diagnosis can leave a patient going on with their life as if nothing is wrong. All the while, however, their medical condition could be getting worse and, ultimately, it could become much more difficult—if not impossible—to treat. Patients may need costly and painful treatments that would have been unnecessary had a timely diagnosis been made, and patients may experience additional pain and suffering, loss of income, increased medical bills, and shortened lifespans as a result.
Proving that a delayed diagnosis was an act of medical malpractice that caused you harm and entitles you to damages is not easy. Not every bad outcome is the result of a medical error. Proving that a doctor was negligent in diagnosing a patient and that his or her conduct fell below the applicable standard of care requires experience, legal skill, and tenacity, as well as an understanding of the complex medical issues involved in malpractice cases.
Many of the delayed diagnosis lawyers at LawMD are also licensed physicians who use their combination of knowledge to help victims of medical malpractice pursue the compensation they need and deserve.
If you or a loved one has suffered because of the delayed diagnosis of a disease, illness, or medical condition, LawMD’s experienced and tenacious medical malpractice lawyers can help.