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Delayed Diagnosis Overview – What To Do When A Delayed Diagnosis Causes Irreversible Harm


Watch the video below to learn what to do when a delayed diagnosis causes irreversible harm from one of our medical malpractice attorneys.

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Video Transcript

0:00 Intro
0:33 Delayed Diagnosis May Cause Damage
1:21 Requirements Of Qualified Council
2:48 Potential Outcomes

I was asked a question about how best to respond to a delay in diagnosis and when you feel that you have been adversely impacted by a delay in diagnosis. 

0:33 Delayed Diagnosis May Cause Damage

For lack of a better term, if you’ve been damaged by a delay in diagnosis, usually those delays have a consequence. It could be the inability to work. It could be pain. It could be a loss of function impacting your body in some way. It could be extreme discomfort. It could be even a chronic symptom like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and bleeding from various locations. All of these may be indicative of a past diagnosis that was not timely made.

1:21 Requirements Of Qualified Council

If you feel that you were a victim of a delay in diagnosis, your best step initially, is to obtain an opinion from qualified legal counsel, and again, the three legs of the stool for lack of a better term, are someone has to have the basic knowledge of what’s happened, someone has to have the experience to take that knowledge and be able to quantify what damages resulted from the delay in diagnosis, be able to move those into a pleading format, to file a legal complaint, and then finally again, you need counsel that is aggressive and that cares about you.  Counsel that really wants you to succeed, and most of all, wants you to be better and to hopefully have a somewhat better quality of life than you would have had you not sought consultation with that person.

The law cannot bring back a loved one. The law cannot cure incurable cancer. The law cannot magically repair a disabled limb or some traumatic brain injury, what the case may be. What the law can do is compensate you monetarily, and believe me, that does not in any way provide adequate relief, in many cases, from what the victim of a delay in diagnosis may have to suffer. 

2:48 Potential Outcomes

But it’s all the law can really give you, and it may make for a better life for the victim, for his or her family. It may lead to a change in behavior for whomever the defendant may be, where they hopefully do not allow the same delay to occur again.

Again, I think the key thing is if you suspect you may have suffered as a result of a delay in diagnosis, please see an attorney, and be sure to see someone who’s qualified, knowledgeable, and aggressive. We believe LawMD meets that description, and we would love to be able to serve you and hopefully help you. If not, in all cases, please seek out the most qualified counsel that you can.

Because we have in-house medical know-how, we can evaluate the medical questions in your case and provide answers without a lengthy wait. Our internal process involves getting the issues in your case quickly in front of the right physician-attorney who, based on his or her medical experience and training, is most likely to have the answers you seek about whether you have a case and how we might help you get the compensation you deserve to help secure a brighter future for you and for your loved ones.

At LawMD, our attorneys are not just award-winning legal professionals; most of them are also medical doctors. Our team comprises medical professionals with specialties and capacity in emergency medicine, surgery, pediatrics, radiology, dentistry, and a number of other specialties and subspecialties. We also consist of highly respected trial lawyers, seasoned negotiators, and experienced litigators. It is this winning combination of legal and medical knowledge that earns our reputation among many as the legal team with “the right medicine for justice.”



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