Failure to Diagnose an Illness Lawyer in Pittsburgh, PA
Seasoned Medical Malpractice Attorney Seeking Compensation for Victims of Misdiagnosis and Delayed Diagnosis Throughout Western Pennsylvania
Failing to properly diagnose a patient’s medical condition is one of the most common reasons for medical malpractice lawsuits. For some illnesses, a failure or delay in diagnosis does not cause significant harm. In others, however, it can affect the severity of a condition or be a fatal oversight. The most common conditions doctors fail to diagnose include cancer, heart attack, and meningitis in children. In many of these cases, the result is death. Our Pittsburgh failure to diagnose lawyer is well versed in these types of medical malpractice cases. Emergency room physicians and primary care physicians are sued for failure to diagnose claims. Regardless of a physician’s environment, whether a chaotic hospital ER or a calm family practice, every individual who holds an M.D. is responsible for providing a standard of care to patients under his or her watch. Some symptoms may be easily dismissed as a minor condition when the reality is much more serious. Mistakes in test results and misinterpreting test results as well as failure to act on abnormal test results can also lead to failure to diagnose or delayed diagnosis. When a physician does not make a diagnosis that another physician in his or her situation could have reasonably made and a patient suffers injury, illness, or a wrongful death as a result, the act is considered negligent. Patients affected by acts of negligence have the right to hold the responsible party accountable by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.
For answers to Frequently Asked Questions about PA medical malpractice claims for failure to diagnose illnesses, see the Matzus Law medical malpractice FAQ page.
Preventing Failure to Diagnose
We all rely on our doctors to help us prevent and treat illnesses. To avoid becoming victims of negligent behavior, there are certain ways we can minimize the risk:
- Get a second opinion. If something does not seem right or answered completely, do not be afraid to go to another physician for a second opinion.
- Ask questions. Do not worry about inconveniencing your doctor. Ask questions until you understand exactly what is going on and the process makes sense to you. A competent professional will explain everything he or she does in detail so you are fully involved in your own health care.
- Build a relationship. Your primary care physician should be your launch pad for every other specialist and ER caregiver who sees you. Always contact your primary care practitioner when you go to the ER or another facility. Communication between your physicians may improve overall diagnosis and treatment.
Taking Legal Action Against a Failure to Diagnose
If you are reading this, the time for prevention may have already passed. If your health has suffered because of a failure to diagnose or you have lost a loved one as a result, we encourage you to seek legal advice from an experienced failure to diagnose attorney regarding your situation. You may feel betrayed, emotionally raw, and be physically injured as a result. Our team also has access to a number of specialists who understand the standard of care expected in each medical practice. We connect the dots between negligent behavior and injury or death and make sure the individuals accountable are held liable for their actions. We secure compensation to help our clients heal and move forward with their lives. Matzus Law only takes a select number of cases so we can focus on providing our clients with the highest quality legal care. We are more than happy to answer your questions regarding failure to diagnose cases and help determine if moving forward with a legal claim is the right course of action. For a free evaluation, call our office in Pittsburgh, PA for more information.