Failure to Diagnose, Delayed Diagnosis, and Misdiagnosis
Early detection is often crucial to survival or a favorable outcome when diagnosed with a serious or life-threatening illness. Unfortunately, early detection isn’t the reality for everyone. Every day, patients are diagnosed with serious illnesses, such as cancer, when it’s too late. There are certain conditions that are challenging to identify at first glance. Additionally, some patients neglect to consult medical treatment until an illness has progressed beyond a treatable stage.
Sometimes, however, failure to diagnosis is a result of doctor error. Physicians are often over-casual with symptoms because of the vast number of healthy patients they see on a daily basis. After spending all day reassuring patients that they are not seriously ill, the patient with an actual illness may get overlooked. Lab mistakes, illegible handwriting, and failure to screen for common diseases can all contribute to delayed diagnosis, misdiagnosis, and failure to diagnose. If you have been the victim of any type of diagnosis error due to a physician’s carelessness, inattentiveness, or lack of competence, you may be entitled to compensation.
Proper Screening is Essential
Even when no symptoms are present, certain patients should be screened for common diseases and illnesses because of factors such as age or family history. Screening for conditions such as breast, colon, cervical and prostate cancers, and diabetes and heart disease, promotes early detection and increases the chance of successful treatment.
Although many of the conditions below present very general symptoms initially, medical professionals are trained to identify these illnesses based on symptoms, medical history, and other factors. Failing to identify symptoms and initiate treatment in a timely manner can result in serious harm or death. Some of the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions include:
- Heart Attack
Filing a Massachusetts Failure to Diagnose Lawsuit
The experienced Boston Medical Malpractice Attorneys at the law firm of Altman & Altman, LLP understand that a doctor’s failure to diagnose often has an enormous physical, emotional, and economic impact on victims. Our team of talented attorneys will vigorously advocate on your behalf in order to obtain the compensation that you deserve.
At the law firm of Altman & Altman, LLP, we pride ourselves on our work ethic and dedication to our clients. Our attorneys have successfully handled thousands of complex personal injury cases - negotiating and litigating millions of dollars in insurance claims and jury awards for our clients.
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Clients filing a Massachusetts Failure to Diagnose Lawsuit pay no fee until we recover compensation on your behalf. Our firm will work with medical experts and will aggressively advocate for you to get the compensation that you are entitled to. Please contact the law firm of Altman & Altman, LLP to arrange a free initial consultation with an experienced Failure to Diagnose Attorney.