When A Misdiagnosis Or Failure To Diagnose Leads To Medical Consequences

Serious problems can arise when doctors fail to do what they have been trained to do. Doctors are trained to review all of a patient’s symptoms and consider every possible cause, rather than jumping to a conclusion. Unfortunately, in their haste, doctors may cut corners and make the most likely diagnosis, rather than the most accurate diagnosis. This may lead to a failure to diagnose the correct condition and, subsequently, a delay in treatment. If you or a loved one has suffered complications because a medical condition like cancer was not diagnosed in a timely manner, you can enlist a lawyer to help you pursue compensation.

At the Law Office of George B. Ready, we bring more than 40 years of experience to failure to diagnose claims in Hernando and throughout northern Mississippi. We work hard to hold negligent doctors accountable when their failure to diagnose a medical condition leads to substantial worsening of the condition or missing a treatment window. Failure to diagnose can take years off of a person’s life, so we take these medical negligence cases very seriously.

Causes Of Delayed Diagnosis

Failure to diagnose can be the result of medical errors at various stages. It may occur during an initial doctor visit. The doctor may review the symptoms and dismiss them as the result of a minor ailment. In an emergency room setting, such a dismissal can be life-threatening. There have been many cases in which ER patients have been sent home with a diagnosis of indigestion, only to suffer a heart attack. These doctor errors are inexcusable.

Not all delays in diagnosis are the result of doctor errors, though. It is possible that a doctor orders all of the proper tests to accurately diagnose a medical condition, only to have the tests administered improperly in the lab or the results become somehow tainted. Lab errors such as blood test, X-ray and CT scan mistakes can hinder an accurate diagnosis.

In some cases, the lab work is conducted properly and delivered to the doctor, but the doctor incorrectly interprets the test results or fails to notice something that should have been a warning sign. There are also cases in which the doctor correctly diagnoses the condition, but does not recommend the correct treatment options.

Commonly Misdiagnosed Or Undiagnosed Conditions

Any number of medical conditions may be misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. Thankfully, the failure to immediately diagnose a condition does not always lead to worsening of the condition. However, in cases involving serious medical conditions, not only may the condition worsen, it may also become incurable. There are also tragic cases in which the patient dies from a condition that should have been diagnosed by a doctor.

Serious misdiagnosed medical conditions include:

  • Prostate cancer, breast cancer and other types of cancer
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Infections

Because a missed diagnosis can prove to be catastrophic, we will do all that we can to locate compensation for you.

Victims Of Delayed Diagnosis And Treatment? Talk To Us For Free.

Call 662-429-7088 to discuss your failure to diagnose case with an experienced attorney. You can also reach us by email. The consultation is free. We handle all cases on a contingency basis. That means you will only be asked to pay if your case is a success.