Failure to Diagnose

Any time an individual goes in for a doctor’s appointment, they assume that any present or potential health issues will be addressed. We rely heavily on our doctors to provide us with the highest quality of care and make sure if there are any health problems, they treat us accordingly. Unfortunately, when a doctor is negligent, they may fail to diagnose a patient. The failure to diagnose is an incredibly serious error that can even turn fatal. If you or a loved one was the victim of a doctor’s failure to diagnose, you may want to consider your legal options. The attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC understand that doctor errors such as a missed or late diagnosis can be devastating and emotional for individuals and families. If you need legal representation to hold a medical professional accountable, contact Trombly & Singer, PLLC today to schedule a consultation.

Diagnosis Errors

Doctors and other medical professionals go through years of training to ensure that they are able to provide patients with the best care possible. Part of this includes being able to see the symptoms of illness and understanding the best course of action to treat these illnesses or other medical conditions. If a doctor fails to see the signs a disease early enough, it may be too late for the patient to undergo any useful treatment. Some of the medical conditions that are the frequent subject of diagnosis errors can include:

  • Cancer- When it comes to cancer, an early diagnosis is essential to a good prognosis. If the cancer is not caught until Stage 4, it may be too late for any treatment to be successful.
  • Appendicitis- When an individual has appendicitis, it is urgent that they obtain immediate medical care and have the appendix removed before it bursts. A burst appendix is a very serious health issue and can be fatal.
  • Stroke- There are a wide variety of symptoms of a stroke that every doctor should be able to recognize. If a patient comes into the emergency room showing signs of a stroke, medical professionals should attend to the individual immediately. If they fail to recognize these signs, the individual may face very serious and permanent repercussions. In some cases, strokes can be fatal.

If a medical professional fails to diagnose any of these conditions, the results can be tragic. A diagnosis error can occur in a routine doctor’s appointment, a misinterpretation of scan results, or even in an emergency room. Regardless, if you or a loved one was the victim of a diagnosis error, it is important to consider your legal options.

Contact a Washington D.C. medical malpractice attorney

Diagnosis errors such as failure to diagnose can devastate not only the victim but an entire family. If you or a loved one suffered as a result of a diagnosis error, it is important that you contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney. The attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC have years of experience fighting for the rights of clients who suffered due to the negligence of a medical professional. Contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.