Failure to Diagnose Illness
Our Firm Has Been Representing Clients in Medical Malpractice Cases Against Local Pittsburgh Hospitals and Doctors for Many Years
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 LLC medical malpractice FAQ page.
At Matzus Law LLC we handle all types of failure to diagnose cases, including but not limited to:
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:
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 LLC 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.
Misdiagnosis malpractice occurs when a patient with one medical condition or disease is told that they have a different medical condition or disease or if they are told by the doctor that everything is normal and nothing is wrong but they have a serious underlying medical condition or disease that goes undiagnosed. According to various studies, approximately 12 million Americans are misdiagnosed every year, and that’s just at outpatient facilities. The studies authors concluded that misdiagnosis malpractice creates a substantial patient safety risk. The study went on to indicate that approximately 50% or 6 million people suffer serious injury as a result of getting the wrong diagnosis from their doctors. Some of the most frequently missed diagnosed conditions include cancer, meningitis, spinal epidural abscess, heart attack, stroke, necrotizing fasciitis, subarachnoid hemorrhage or bleeding on the brain, pulmonary embolism and sepsis.
Getting proper medical care is critical and while none of us want to believe that preventable medical errors will occur to us, tragically the statistics suggest otherwise over the course of our lifetime. If you or someone you love has been misdiagnosed and suffered a serious injury as a result of a misdiagnosis, please call Matzus Law. We will perform a root cause analysis to determine if misdiagnosis malpractice occurred and caused unnecessary and preventable injury or death to you or your loved one.
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