Doctors are highly-regarded in our society as some of the most competent, caring individuals among us. However, in certain cases, they, too, can be careless. When a doctor fails to diagnose a medical condition on time, it can be a matter of life or death. If your doctor neglected to realize that you have a medical condition and you became seriously ill as a result, you are most likely now looking to hold that doctor responsible for his/her actions. Please read on and reach out to our experienced Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys to learn more about how we can help you file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Here are some of the questions you may have:
How does a delayed diagnosis of a medical condition happen?
There are various ways in which a doctor can fail to give you an accurate or timely diagnosis, though in many cases, it is simply a result of his/her negligence. Some of the most common types of physician negligence that leads to delayed diagnoses include failing to properly asses or examine test results, or even failing to order the appropriate testing for symptoms your doctor should have perceived as potentially threatening.
Can I sue a doctor for delaying my diagnosis?
Fortunately, in many cases, you may sue your doctor to obtain compensation for any financial losses sustained as a result of his/her error. However, it is notoriously more complicated to win medical malpractice lawsuits as opposed to more standard personal injury claims.
First, you will have to hire an experienced attorney who knows how to best handle these claims. From here, your attorney must demonstrate that you were the doctor’s patient. This infers that your doctor had a duty of care to uphold. From here, you will have to prove that your doctor breached that duty of care by failing to diagnose you in a timely fashion, causing your medical condition to worsen, resulting in significant financial damages on your part. If you can prove that you would be okay had your doctor not delayed his/her diagnosis.
That being said, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims in Washington D.C. is three years, which gives you three years from the date of your incident to sue a negligent doctor. Do not wait too long. We are ready to begin the claims process on your behalf.
Contact our experienced Washington D.C. firm
The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.