Suffered an Injury or Illness Because of a Delayed Diagnosis in Maryland?
If you or a loved one has experienced the devastating effects of a delayed diagnosis in Baltimore, MD you need a dedicated legal team on your side. At Brown & Barron, LLC, we understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that a delayed diagnosis can have on your life. Our experienced Baltimore delayed diagnosis lawyers are committed to fighting for your rights and helping you seek the justice and compensation you deserve.
Understanding Delayed Diagnosis
A delayed diagnosis refers to a situation in which a medical condition or illness is not accurately identified or diagnosed in a timely manner. It occurs when there is a significant delay between the initial presentation of symptoms and the correct diagnosis being made by a healthcare professional. This delay can result in potential harm to the patient, as it may lead to a progression of the disease, a worsening of symptoms, or missed opportunities for early intervention and treatment.
Several factors can contribute to a delayed diagnosis. These may include:
- Misinterpretation of symptoms: Symptoms can sometimes be vague or nonspecific, making it challenging for healthcare providers to recognize the underlying condition.
- Inadequate medical evaluation: If healthcare professionals do not conduct thorough examinations or order appropriate diagnostic tests, it can lead to a failure to identify the correct diagnosis.
- Communication breakdown: Ineffective communication between patients and healthcare providers, or among healthcare providers themselves, can hinder the timely exchange of information necessary for accurate diagnosis.
- Limited access to healthcare: Delays in accessing healthcare services, such as long wait times for appointments or limited availability of specialists, can contribute to delays in diagnosis.
- Errors in medical judgment: Mistakes or errors in medical judgment can occur, leading to incorrect diagnoses or overlooking crucial diagnostic clues.
When is Delayed Diagnosis Considered Medical Malpractice?
Delayed diagnosis may be considered medical malpractice when it can be demonstrated that a healthcare professional or institution acted negligently or breached the standard of care, resulting in harm to the patient.
To establish a claim of medical malpractice, several elements must typically be proven, including:
- Duty: The healthcare professional had a duty to provide the patient with a reasonable standard of care.
- Breach: The healthcare professional failed to meet the standard of care expected in similar circumstances. This means that their actions or omissions deviated from what a reasonably competent healthcare professional would have done.
- Causation: The patient suffered harm or injury as a direct result of the delayed diagnosis. It must be shown that if the correct diagnosis had been made in a timely manner, the patient's outcome would have been different.
- Damages: The patient experienced measurable damages, such as physical pain, emotional distress, financial loss, or additional medical complications, due to the delayed diagnosis.
Common examples of liable delayed diagnosis include:
- During a routine blood check, the doctor identifies unusual levels but neglects to request additional tests.
- The doctor disregards a patient's reported symptoms, attributing them to a less severe illness.
- The patient's lab work is misplaced, muddled, or improperly executed.
- Despite clear indications, the doctor neglects to refer the patient to a specialist.
- The doctor failed to take necessary steps, such as conducting alternative tests or asking different inquiries, despite the need to do so.
Ready to Help You Today
At Brown & Barron, LLC, we have a team of highly skilled and experienced lawyers who specialize in handling delayed diagnosis cases in Baltimore, MD. We have a deep understanding of the complexities involved in medical malpractice cases, and we leverage our knowledge and expertise to build strong cases on behalf of our clients.
When you choose us as your legal representatives, we will thoroughly investigate your case, gathering all relevant medical records, consulting with expert witnesses, and identifying any instances of negligence. Our goal is to establish a clear link between the delayed diagnosis and the harm it has caused, ensuring that you have a solid foundation for your claim.
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