Failure To Diagnose Causing Personal Injury
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When you or a loved one visit a medical professional, you are doing so with the understanding that they have specialized training and can help you treat or cure an illness or injury. With so much trust placed in these providers, it is important that they put care and consideration into your care when you come to them. Unfortunately, doctors can be overworked and make careless mistakes, some of the most serious resulting in personal injury or even death. Our firm can help you fight back in these instances. Our Chicago medical malpractice lawyer is available for free consultations to discuss your options.
My Doctor Did Not Diagnose Me Correctly
Failure to diagnose can be a form of medical malpractice. In fact, this makes up around 40% of all medical malpractice lawsuits filed in the United States. This occurs when a doctor simply does not diagnose or fails to properly diagnose a condition and you do not receive the treatment you need. This is considered malpractice if their failure to diagnose results in additional injury or harm to the patient.
Failure to diagnose occurs when:
- Examination is not properly conducted
- Patient is not referred to a specialist
- Failing to perform regular screenings
- Improper or nonexistent follow up care
- Misrecognition of important patterns
- Diagnosing a tumor as benign
- Ignoring and failing to act on a patient's complaints
- Not ordering the proper tests or misinterpreting test results
Unfortunately, a doctor failing to diagnose conditions occurs more often that you would think. Many conditions, but especially cancers, allergic reactions, diabetes, stroke, meningitis and more, are commonly misdiagnosed. For a family and individual that is relying on this type of care, this oversight is unacceptable. Our injury lawyers agree, and this is why we stand by your side when a doctor or hospital in Chicago has failed to give you the care you needed.
Is Failure to Diagnose Considered Medical Malpractice?
In many instances, yes. If your doctor is treating you as a patient, they made a grave error in their diagnosis, and you suffered increased harm or injury as a result of this failure to diagnose, then this is likely to be considered medical malpractice. For some conditions, early and proactive treatment can make a significant impact in the overall outcome of the case and if you fail to get this care, you can suffer.
When a doctor has failed to provide the standard of care you have come to expect, you can hold them liable for medical malpractice. Our Chicago injury attorneys can help! We offer free consultations to speak with you about your case and provide accurate feedback about your case. Find out by calling us now!