Misdiagnosis and Failure to Diagnose Medical Malpractice

Failure to Diagnose Serious Medical Conditions


Failure to Diagnose Potentially Fatal Medical Conditions

Strokes, cancer, heart attacks and head injuries that are not timely diagnosed may lead to unnecessary permanent disabilities or death.

Misdiagnosis of Life Threatening conditions

Medical Misdiagnosis Lawyers

Emergency room doctors, family doctors and specialists see patients with new symptoms and concerns. In cases where symptoms are consistent with potentially deadly conditions or conditions that require urgent treatment a misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose may have irreparable consequences. If a doctor fails to diagnose a serious medical condition and you suffered an injury that could have been prevented by a timely diagnosis you may have a medical malpractice claim.

A medical malpractice suit for a failure to diagnose a medical condition typically requires the following elements:

  • A patient that presents to a doctor with symptoms that should have triggered an investigation to determine whether the patient suffered from the potentially serious medical condition.
  • The patient fails to receive medical care that would have been triggered by a correct diagnosis.
  • The patient suffers a serious injury or death that timely treatment more likely than not would have prevented.

The medical malpractice lawyers at Patterson Law provide free consultations to evaluate failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis cases.

Diagnosis Rule

A doctor must eliminate the most serious and treatable potential diagnosis first.

Doctors are trained to avoid making potentially life-threatening errors. Jumping to a conclusion leads to errors and in the field of medicine jumping to a conclusion can be deadly. For example, a 35-year-old athletic man arrives at an urgent care facility with complaints of pain near his chest after eating a big meal. The doctor diagnoses the young man with indigestion or heart burn. He is discharged and dies of a heart attack.

The doctor failed to order tests to determine whether the young man was having a heart attack because the man appeared to be too young and too healthy to have severe heart disease. The same doctor probably would have ordered the necessary tests for a 50-year-old, over-weight male smoker that would be at a higher risk for heart attacks. Due to the serious consequences of failing to timely diagnose a heart attack the standard of care is to rule out a heart attack as being the cause of symptoms consistent with a heart attack for all patients.

The medical misdiagnosis lawyers at Patterson Law offer free consultations to assess whether a misdiagnosis or a delayed diagnosis may be medical malpractice.  Call 301-383-1522 to schedule a free medical misdiagnosis consultation with a Top 100 Maryland Super Lawyer and A Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney.  Patterson Law is located in Bowie, Maryland.

News reports estimate that 10 percent to as many as 20 percent of medical malpractice cases involve a misdiagnosis.

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Winning in Court is no Accident

A medical malpractice case requires evidence of harm. The failure to diagnose or a misdiagnosis of a condition that is untreatable is a medical error that did not injure the patient. In other cases, the patient seeks care from other doctors that diagnose the condition and provides the necessary treatment in time to prevent any provable harm. A medical malpractice case for failing to timely diagnose a medical condition requires a legal and medical analysis. The medical malpractice lawyers at Patterson Law offer free consultations to review a potential failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis claim.

He's cares about my case as if I am the only client he has. His practice is very professional and I am pleased with his services.

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Most delayed or missed diagnoses are not pursued as medical malpractice cases because the damage is minimized or prevented by subsequent treating doctors.

George Patterson, Medical Malpractice Lawyer

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If you or a loved one was injured as a result of a failure to diagnose or a misdiagnosis of a serious medical condition please contact medical malpractice lawyer, George Patterson to schedule a free consultation.

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