Medicine has done wonders for society, such as increasing life expectancy, eradicating some diseases that decimated populations in the past and making available both invasive and non-invasive procedures to help patients. Nevertheless, despite all the advances in medicine, human error still occurs and may leave patients in a worsened condition due to a failure on part of the healthcare provider to adequately and appropriately diagnose a medical condition or illness.
Staff at The Colleran Firm understands that when it comes to health issues, a misdiagnosis, failure or delay in diagnosing a medical condition such as cancer, heart disease, an infection or issues during child birth and pregnancy can leave the patient in a worsened condition and even result in death. A failure to diagnose can dramatically alter a patient’s prognosis and recovery.
Typically a failure to diagnose errors happens because a healthcare provider such as a doctor, nurse or lab personnel made an error or was negligent in providing the necessary care. Some examples of errors include a doctor ignoring symptoms exhibited by the patient for a specific condition or ignoring risk factors, failing to order the appropriate lab tests, misinterpreting lab and test results, not ordering follow-up tests, misreading radiographs and performing tests incorrectly.
When a patient or family believes that they have suffered an injury due to the negligence of a healthcare provider, they may want to contact The Colleran Firm to consult with a medical malpractice attorney. Staff at The Colleran Firm will closely review the facts of your specific case to determine if medical malpractice has occurred. If negligence occurred, then an injured party may be entitled to damages such as lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering and more.