April 25, 2019
Patients turn to physicians for proper diagnosis and treatment. They put their trust in medical staff to take the right steps, run the right tests, and make the right diagnosis. When a doctor fails to diagnose a condition it can lead to permanent damage and sometimes death.
A delayed diagnosis medical malpractice case is pursued when a patient and his/her attorney can prove:
- Harm resulting from the negligence, such as permanent damage or death
For example: a medical team fails to run the proper tests and diagnose a stroke occurring in a middle-aged man. The ongoing stroke causes brain tissue to die, leaving the man with irreparable damage and permanent disability. Had the team diagnosed the stroke earlier, much of the brain damage could have been prevented.
The same is true for a situation that results in a death. A patient unknowingly has stage I cancer: a highly treatable stage. He or she sees a doctor for unusual symptoms, but the doctor fails to diagnose the cancer until symptoms are severe and it has reached stage IV. At this point, the cancer is untreatable, and the patient dies.
Both of these are examples of the impact of delayed diagnosis. If a doctor is negligent and the result is harm to the patient, a medical malpractice case is viable.
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