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Failure to Diagnose / Misdiagnosis Cases

By Sean Burke on October 31, 2013

Misdiagnosis / Delayed Diagnosis - Medical Malpractice LawsuitsIt's important that medical professionals be as attentive as possible and provide the correct diagnosis of serious health problems. If they fail to live up to this basic standard, it can be disastrous for their patients as well as the loved ones of those patients. While these instances are generally rare, they can occur, which is why it's important that you have our personal injury attorneys on your side.

Right now, the team at our law firm would like to take a look at the issues related to improper or delayed diagnosis of medical conditions and why these kinds of matters need to be take so seriously.

About Diagnosis Issues

While one duty of a medical professional is to treat a current medical problem, another duty they have is to catch a medical problem as soon as it shows up. This early detection and diagnosis is crucial for proper care to be administered as soon as possible. Treating a health problem at an early stage is easier and better for a person's overall well-being.

When a medical professional makes errors in diagnosis, they need to be help accountable for this sort of negligence. It's literally a case of life and death in some instances. Below we'll cover some of the different kinds of problems with diagnosis that result in medical malpractice lawsuits.

The Problem with Misdiagnosis of a Health Condition

Misdiagnosis of a health condition means that a medical professional incorrectly identifies a medical problem. This means that patients get the incorrect treatment and the real pressing health matter is not treated. In particularly bad scenarios, this could result in unnecessary surgeries for minor health problems or treatment that is too conservative for major health conditions.

The Problem with Failure to Diagnose a Health Condition

Related to misdiagnosis, the failure to diagnose a health problem is another serious problem that should be brought to the attention of our medical malpractice attorneys. The failure to diagnose a health condition when all the telltale signs of a problem are there could mean the progression of an illness to a point where it is very difficult to treat. This is especially important when it comes to cancer diagnosis or treatment of HIV/AIDS. Identifying and treating serious conditions early is key.

Where Delayed Diagnosis Figures Into This

Delayed diagnosis is related to both misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose. The same concerns about proper treatment and administering the right treatment as soon as possible all hold true in this regard.

What Our Legal Team Can Do for You and Your Loved Ones

If you or someone that you love has been the victim of medical negligence, our legal team will help you in the court of law. We will seek compensation to cover medical treatments and the undue pain and suffering you've had to endure due to problems with diagnosis and treatment. If you have lost a loved one because of a doctor's negligence, we will be sure to seek compensation to cover the emotional pain and suffering of your loss and will also punish the medical professional for acting so irresponsibly given his or her sworn duty.

In short, our team is here for you, providing strong counsel as well as peace of mind.

Learn More About Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

For more information about misdiagnosis, the failure to diagnose, and other important topics related to medical malpractice and medical negligence, be sure to contact our Irvine, CA personal injury lawyers today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you and your loved ones.

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