If a doctor fails to correctly diagnose a condition, the results can be devastating. Patients may receive insufficient or incorrect treatments that are ineffective or actively harmful to the patient’s health. Time-sensitive ailments could grow worse if not diagnosed in time, and patients could face more invasive treatments or even a terminal illness as a result.
If you or a loved one have suffered injury or illness because of a doctor’s failure to diagnose, you may be able to file a claim for compensation under Maryland law. The Catonsville failure to diagnose attorneys at Brown & Barron can explain your legal rights and guide you through the claim process.
Why Physicians Fail To Diagnose
There are several reasons why your doctor may fail to diagnose your condition. Staffing shortages can cause doctors to rush through appointments. An inattentive doctor may fail to see warning signs in an x-ray or overlook a critical abnormality in a blood screening. Failure to diagnose could include:
- Overlooking test results
- Failing to order appropriate diagnostic tests
- Ignoring the patient’s symptoms
- Rushing through appointments
- Failing to listen to the patient
No matter what the cause, your doctor has a duty of care to ensure your health and well-being. When they fail to diagnose your injury or illness, you deserve to seek compensation for your losses.
Get in touch with a failure to diagnose lawyer serving Catonsville, 410-547-0202 for a free case evaluation.
What Constitutes Malpractice in a Failure To Diagnose?
While doctors do have a duty of care, not all medical errors are considered medical malpractice under Maryland law. To prove that your doctor committed malpractice with their failure to diagnose, you must establish the following:
- Your doctor had a responsibility to care for your health and well-being
- Your doctor did not conduct themselves consistent with professional standards in their field
- Your doctor failed to meet the standard of care
- Your doctor’s failure to meet standards of care resulted in your injuries
- You were materially affected by the injuries caused by your doctor’s failure to meet their duty of care
A Catonsville failure to diagnose attorney from Brown & Barron can help you obtain the evidence you need to establish a malpractice claim in Maryland.
Consequences of Failure To Diagnose
When a doctor fails to diagnose a patient, the patient may experience increasingly severe symptoms and complications. In some cases, the doctor’s failure to correctly diagnose a condition can even cause a patient’s death. Dangerous conditions that can worsen if left undiagnosed include:
- Cancer: Delayed cancer treatment is less effective, more expensive, and more disruptive to the patient’s life. In some cases, the patient’s cancer can advance to the point that there is no further treatment possible.
- Heart Attack: Since heart attack symptoms tend to be different for each person, an inattentive doctor may overlook critical symptoms and fail to order necessary diagnostic procedures. Left untreated, the patient may go on to suffer a debilitating or fatal heart attack.
- Aneurism or Stroke: If an aneurism or stroke is not diagnosed immediately, the patient could suffer severe injury, mental impairment, chronic disability, or death.
- Blood Clots: Blood clots are often misdiagnosed as sore muscles or cramps. Left untreated, clots can migrate to other parts of the body and cause stroke, heart attack, or pulmonary embolism.
These are just a few of the serious conditions that can cause long-term health effects if the doctor fails to diagnose them in a timely manner. If you or a loved one experienced complications or negative health effects because of a doctor’s failure to diagnose, speak with a medical malpractice attorney to learn about your legal right to compensation.
Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim for Failure To Diagnose
Maryland law concerning medical malpractice is extremely complex, so it is best to have an attorney on your side who is familiar with the local and state laws. In addition, Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code §5-109 limits the time in which to file a lawsuit for medical malpractice in Maryland, so it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible.
At Brown & Barron, we know that every case is unique, which is why we provide personalized representation for each of our clients. We will examine your claim and calculate the value of your losses, including economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages we may incorporate into your claim include:
- Lost income
- Reduced future earnings
- Hospital and surgery bills
- Costs for therapy, medication, and medical equipment
Non-economic damages are less tangible and more difficult to quantify. Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code §3-2A-09 also places strict limits on the amount you can claim for non-economic damages. Such damages may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
- Emotional and mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of companionship
If you lost a loved one as a result of a doctor’s failure to diagnose, you have our sincere condolences. Our wrongful death lawyers can help you seek justice for your lost loved one and financial compensation to reduce your financial burden during this difficult time.
Our Skillful Attorneys Can Help You Seek the Compensation You Deserve
While you are coping with your injuries or the loss of a loved one due to a doctor’s negligence, you may feel that a lawsuit is too much to handle. The dedicated attorneys at Brown & Barron can help you with all the legal footwork, so you can focus on your recovery.
Our medical malpractice lawyers are well-versed in local statutes, state codes, and case law pertaining to failure to diagnose cases in Maryland. With more than 130 years of combined trial experience, we have obtained millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.
We vigorously pursue maximum compensation for our clients in a variety of medical injury cases. No matter how large or complicated the case, we won’t back down until we have held the guilty parties fully accountable for your injuries.
Contact our office today to arrange for a free case evaluation. One of our attorneys will review your claim and help you decide on your next legal steps.
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