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Misdiagnosis, Delay in Diagnosis, or Failure to Diagnose

There are a number of ways in which a medical professional can cause harm to a patient through medical malpractice. Medical malpractice is when a doctor, nurse, surgeon, or other medical provider injures a patient by acting outside of the normal, accepted standards of practice. One of the most common forms of negligence that can lead to liability issues for the doctor or medical facility is a failure to diagnose.

Anything that prevents the correct and timely treatment of an injury or disease can be harmful and even deadly. If you or a loved one has been the victim of failure to diagnose, please contact an experienced Seattle medical malpractice attorney at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., to find out how we can help you. We can be reached at (888) 228-3860.

Misdiagnosis

When you are ill, you worry about what is wrong with you, how to treat your ailment, and when you will feel better. Because you don’t have the 11 years of training that a doctor does, you rely on your physician to investigate your illness and properly diagnose you.

Many distinct illnesses have overlapping symptoms, leading to a high number of cases of incorrect diagnosis. If you are misdiagnosed, the underlying issue will not be treated, causing that condition to worsen. In addition, if you are misdiagnosed, you may be treated or prescribed certain medications that exacerbate your condition or create new injuries.

Delayed Diagnosis

Often times, illnesses or injuries start out small with minor warning signs. For example, the first signs of stomach cancer are usually nausea and stomach pain, which may be misdiagnosed as a stomach bug.

This is why it is vital for a doctor to thoroughly evaluate all of a patient’s symptoms, review their medical history, and conduct any necessary tests needed in order to make the correct diagnosis. A timely and correct diagnosis will allow the doctor to begin treating the patient before the condition worsens. Waiting too long to develop a proper diagnosis puts the patient at risk of their condition worsening.

Some of the more common conditions that are incorrectly diagnosed include:

  • Heart disease
  • Pneumonia
  • Appendicitis
  • Infection
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Aortic dissection
  • Heart attack (myocardial infarct)
  • Stroke, TIA (transient ischemic attack)
  • Cancers (carcinoma, sarcoma, lymphoma, etc.)

Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim in Washington

When someone goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed for a prolonged period of time, it is necessary to review the actions of the doctor. Were tests ordered right away? Were mistakes made when reviewing the tests or reading test results? Did the doctor observe signs or symptoms and fail to follow up? These are the types of questions that will help determine whether or not negligence led to a failure to diagnose.

A medical malpractice claim is a civil lawsuit that you can file to receive compensation for inadequate or negligent medical care. A successful claim can result in compensation for the injuries, damages, and losses you have sustained as a result of mistakes made by medical professionals.

The damages that patients can seek in such cases include all medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization and rehabilitation costs, expenses related to unnecessary treatments, permanent injuries, disabilities, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.

Contact Our Washington Failure to Diagnose Attorneys

The experienced Seattle failure to diagnose attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., have helped injured victims and their families obtain fair and full compensation for their significant losses. Please contact us at (888) 228-3860 to schedule your free, comprehensive, and confidential consultation.

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