When you are sick or suffer from a condition, the first step into the healing process is to get diagnosed. When you go to the doctor’s office or get hospitalized, you expect to get the proper treatment and be diagnosed accurately. If the doctor fails to diagnose you, you could spend weeks or months in treatments while your condition worsens.
If you think you’ve been misdiagnosed or undiagnosed at all, you could have a case to pursue compensation for your injuries and damages caused by the doctor. A Bowie failure to diagnose lawyer from Brown & Barron can handle your case and fight for fair compensation.
What Is Failure to Diagnose?
Failure to diagnose is a form of medical malpractice and negligence. It happens when a doctor or any professional medical team does not take the correct steps to determine the patient’s condition or health issue, failing to diagnose properly.
Failure to diagnose usually leads up to a more severe patient condition because what could have been prevented in time is now late to treat. At Brown & Barron, we take negligence by failure to diagnose very seriously, and our lawyers in Bowie are always here to help you and your loved ones in this difficult time.
Get in touch with a failure to diagnose lawyer serving Bowie, 410-547-0202 for a free case evaluation.
Type of Failure to Diagnose
Some situations that could constitute a failure to diagnose include:
- Not referring the patient to a specialist or referring the patient to the wrong specialist
- Not following up on a patient or not following up the right amount of time
- Misinterpreting lab results
- Not asking the patient about their symptoms and not investigating the causes of reported symptoms
If you are not sure if what happened to you is a negligence action, our failure to diagnose lawyers can help you determine whether you have a case or not.
What Conditions May Be Misdiagnosed or Undiagnosed?
The most common medical conditions that can be misdiagnosed or undiagnosed are:
- Several types of time of cancer
- Heart attacks
- Blood clots
- Pulmonary embolism
- Among others
A failure to diagnose is not limited only to these conditions, but these are more likely to warrant legal action. At Brown & Barron, our priority is to analyze your situation and determine the best course of action.
First Steps After a Failure to Diagnose
To prove failure to diagnose medical malpractice, we have to prove that there was a doctor-patient relationship, that negligence occurred, and that the patient was injured due to the negligent act.
The first step is to prove that another doctor in a similar situation would have acted differently. This means that another doctor would have diagnosed and treated your illness or symptoms differently. Additionally, we have to prove that your injuries, damages, and harmful conditions resulted from this medical malpractice.
Evidence That We Can Use to Prove Failure to Diagnose
A failure to diagnose lawyer can gather evidence for you. Some of the evidence we may gather includes:
- Medical records
- Lab records
- Statement from witnesses
- Pictures or videos related to your injury
- Many more
Some of these pieces of evidence are easy to gather, but others might take time. In Maryland, you generally have three years from the discovery of the injury or five years from the day the injury happened to file a lawsuit. Although this might seem like a lot of time, sometimes this is just the right amount of time to collect evidence and build a case for you.
As soon as you talk to us, we can determine the best way to proceed and what evidence we need.
What Can we Recover in a Failure to Diagnose Case?
Potential compensation may include:
- Cost of ongoing or future medical treatment and bills. This means expenses for any medical treatment caused by the failed diagnosis, like medicines, physical therapy, psychological therapy, hospital bills, doctor’s appointments bills, out-of-pocket costs, etc.
- Lack of ability to work/loss of earning capacity. You can receive compensation for losing the ability to work if your injury or condition doesn’t let you go back to it.
- Lost wages. It covers what has been lost already.
- Pain and suffering. You can receive compensation for the pain and suffering you and your family have experienced due to the injuries from the negligence action.
- Loss of enjoyment of life. If your damage is severe, it might affect how you enjoy your life, such as the activities you can’t do anymore.
- Wrongful death. In the worst scenario, your loved one could have died from their injuries. If this happened, you could receive compensation.
A Failure to Diagnose Lawyer in Bowie Can Help
If you or someone you love has been affected by medical malpractice, such as failure to diagnose, we can help you build a case and seek compensation.
Contact Brown & Barron online today to schedule a free case review with a with a failure to diagnose lawyer serving Bowie.