Pennsylvania Failure to Diagnose Lawyers
Fighting on Behalf of Victims of Medical Negligence
When you go to the doctor with excruciating pain or sickness that will not go away, you hope and trust that your medical provider will take all of the necessary steps to diagnose your injury or illness. Unfortunately, when a doctor or medical professional does not come up with a proper diagnosis or fails to analyze your symptoms, it could lead to further injuries and complications or an unnecessarily extended illness. In the most tragic of cases, failure to diagnose leads to the death of the patient.
Because of the serious risks that accompany it, failure to diagnose is considered a form of medical negligence. If you or a loved one is a victim of medical malpractice in Philadelphia, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, or any of the surrounding areas, Fellerman & Ciarimboli Law PC is ready to fight for you. Our Pennsylvania failure to diagnose lawyers can meet with you, listen to your story, and begin building a case aimed at securing maximum compensation for you.
What Is Failure to Diagnose?
Failure to diagnose occurs when a medical provider does not correctly diagnose a condition. This can range from simple ailments to life-threatening conditions. Failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis, and misdiagnosis are some of the most common medical malpractice claims.
It’s important to note that, in order to be considered medical malpractice, a doctor’s failure to diagnose an injury or illness must be an example of substandard care. In other words, the treating medical provider must fail to meet the acceptable standard of care for you to have grounds to seek compensation.
Examples of failing to meet the acceptable standard of care in regards to failure to diagnose cases may include:
- Failing to take into account a patient’s self-reported symptoms
- Failing to order diagnostic tests
- Misreading or misanalysing test or laboratory results
- Misdiagnosing a serious condition, such as cancer, as something less severe
How Does Failure to Diagnose Happen?
Failure to diagnose happens for a lot of reasons. We like to give doctors the benefit of the doubt that they are doing everything they can to help us. But things happen, including mistakes. However, when a doctor’s mistake falls outside the acceptable standard of care, you and/or your loved ones do not have to suffer the consequences.
Common forms of failure to diagnose include:
- The medical professional does not accurately record symptoms
- The patient is written off and told the symptoms are “all in your head”
- The symptoms are not recognized
- The symptoms are attributed to a side effect of medication
- Necessary tests are not performed
- Technological glitches occur
- Lab results are misread
- The actual medical problem may be incredibly rare and may not seem possible because of the patient’s age, gender, race, etc., so it is not even considered
- The diagnosis is so rare that the medical professionals do not know how to diagnose it or how to handle the care
Failure to diagnose is a significant problem across all medical specialties. However, it is the number one cause of medical malpractice claims in primary care disciplines, emergency medicine, radiology, and most of the medical subspecialties, as well as some surgical specialties.
How Common Is Failure to Diagnose?
Unfortunately, failure to diagnose is more common than people realize. According to the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, “diagnostic errors affect an estimated 12 million Americans each year, and likely cause more harm to patients than all other medical errors combined… Some have estimated that $100 billion or more may be wasted annually in the U.S. as a result of inaccurate diagnosis.”
If those numbers are not jarring enough, it is believed that every American will experience a diagnostic error in their lifetime, all of varying severity. The Society further estimates that 40,000 to 80,000 people die each year from diagnostic failures in U.S. hospitals alone, and at least that many suffer permanent disability.
Options for Victims of Medical Malpractice & Negligence
The most important thing you can do right now if you are a victim of medical malpractice and/or failure to diagnose is to take care of yourself—but document everything. To prove these medical malpractice claims, we will need to review medical records, notes, and any journaling you may have done on your symptoms. These cases can be difficult but when you have suffered, it’s worth pursuing fair compensation. Our Pennsylvania failure to diagnose attorneys can help.
Contact Us Today for a Free Consultation
If you were injured or if your loved one died as a result of a medical provider’s inability to properly diagnose you, turn to the experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Fellerman & Ciarimboli Law PC. We can review the facts of the case and fight to hold the negligent medical provider accountable. You deserve justice and a fair chance at recovery; we want to help you work toward a brighter future.