Failure to Diagnose
Before treatment, a patient’s illness or injury must be diagnosed. Many patients have medical complaints without knowing the specific problem. Sometimes medical providers fail to follow appropriate diagnostic procedures, causing them to miss important facts and begin inappropriate treatment that has a severe effects on their patients. A timely and correct diagnosis is just as important as any form of treatment. Many patients suffer because their doctors take shortcut diagnostic measures such as the following:
- Obtaining no patient history: Not revealing existing conditions, medication allergies, or hereditary considerations, can cause potentially harmful or deadly treatment.
- Insufficient testing: This eliminates vital information that is needed to diagnose and treat the correct condition.
- Delayed diagnosis: This prevents treatment of 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.