Failure to Diagnose
Before treatment, a patient’s illness or injury must be diagnosed. While people often see their doctors to seek treatment for an obvious condition, many patients have medical complaints without knowing the specific problem. Even exhaustive testing cannot always reveal the cause of a patient’s condition. Sometimes, however, medical providers fail to follow appropriate diagnostic procedures, causing them to miss important facts and begin inappropriate treatment that has a severe adverse effect on their patients. A timely and correct diagnosis is as important as any form of treatment in promoting the patient’s health. Yet many patients suffer because their doctors take shortcut diagnostic measures such as the following:
- Obtaining no patient history can cause potentially harmful or deadly treatment by not revealing existing conditions, medication allergies or hereditary considerations.
- Insufficient testing eliminates vital information that may be needed to diagnose and treat the correct condition.
- Delayed diagnosis prevents treatment of cancer and other conditions early enough to help ensure a full recovery.
When medical providers rely on obvious physical symptoms and fail to conduct appropriate testing and analysis, patients can pay a steep price for treatment delays or complete failure to treat.
Identifying and proving diagnostic failure requires an attorney with a detailed understanding of medical procedures and the technical knowledge to conduct thorough investigations into the events leading to patient injuries. If you have been the victim of a healthcare providers failure to diagnose, call Clay now! Our medical malpractice attorneys and lawyers can provide an initial consultation FREE of charge to you regardless of whether you retain our services.