When a doctor fails to diagnose your medical condition, it can have serious consequences. We put our trust in medical workers to identify a disease to increase our chance of recovery and even survival. Failure to diagnose is a form of medical malpractice, because it is the result of another person’s negligence that can cause you significant injury.
At Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd., your medical malpractice lawsuit is not just about money, it's about making sure that you and your family are taken care of after your correct diagnosis. Our medical malpractice lawyers in Illinois are here to help.
Statistics reveal that about 40 percent of all medical malpractice claims are due to the failure to diagnose some condition. As a patient, your need for additional treatment and your chance of survival depends on how early your illness is identified. When detected in its later stages, you may be required to undergo extensive and more aggressive treatment. With certain medical conditions, a delayed diagnosis can allow your disease to progress into advanced stages, and mean the difference between life and death.
Failure to Diagnose Signs and Symptoms
It is your doctor’s responsibility to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of a certain medical condition. If you describe a symptom to your doctor that he or she cannot diagnose, he or she is responsible for determining the cause.
If you are prone to developing a certain illness (based on family history, lifestyle habits, etc.), your doctor should:
- Know what these high-risk illnesses and medical conditions are and know how to identify them
- Carefully monitor you to see if your risk factors have increased
- Educate you on the symptoms so you can watch for any indications of this disease
If your doctor fails to diagnose, gives you a late diagnosis or misdiagnoses your condition, you may not be able to receive early treatment that may prevent your condition from worsening.
Diseases That Are Commonly Undiagnosed
Failure to diagnose can occur in nearly any medical condition. The more common diseases that fail to be diagnosed include:
Cancer: regular screening tests like pap smears and colonoscopies can detect cancer in its early stages. If these tests are not performed, are performed incorrectly, or are misread, cancer can go unnoticed. Please see our cancer misdiagnosis page.
Heart disease: a doctor’s inability to recognize the risk factors can make therapeutic treatment useless. This can lead to a serious or fatal heart attack.
Meningitis: when diagnosed early, antibiotics can treat this condition and prevent meningitis from spreading and infecting others. The symptoms of this disease are similar to the flu, so this condition is often misdiagnosed.
Your initial call to Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. is always free, and we work on a contingency basis. This means that we will never charge you a fee unless we win your case. If a medical practitioner has failed to diagnose your condition and you live in the Chicago area, please call or email our office today for a free initial consultation.
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