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FAILURE TO DIAGNOSE — HOW COMMON IS IT?

At some point, we have all relied on and trusted the skill, education, and experience of a physician to diagnose and treat an illness or injury. Most of the time, our trust is well placed. On occasion, however, physicians make mistakes. A set of symptoms can be overlooked, an x-ray is misread, or the physician is too busy to take the time to listen to the patient’s complaints. Such incidents can cause devastating delays in treatment. In cases involving cancer, the delay can allow the disease to progress to stages that are incurable, and can mean the difference between life and death. Statistics show that around 40% of all medical malpractice claims result from the failure of medical personnel to diagnose a significant disease process.

Some of the most serious diseases and/or conditions have insignificant symptoms and cause no major discomfort in early stages. Unfortunately, some of the most serious diseases are often the ones that go undetected for long periods of time. Listed below are some of the diseases/conditions that frequently are not diagnosed in a timely fashion:

  • Ovarian cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Appendicitis
  • Bacterial meningitis
  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke

If you or a family member is suffering from a condition due to the healthcare professional’s failure to diagnose, please contract Rosen Louik & Perry Failure to diagnosis and/or a misdiagnosis constitutes negligence and the innocent victim of such negligence deserves compensation for the resulting financial burdens and pain and suffering. A medical malpractice claim can be very complicated and only a lawyer that is experienced with medical malpractice cases can properly prosecute your claim. Our personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys have years of experience with failure to diagnose cases. At Rosen Louik & Perry we fully understand the complexities involved in evaluating medical malpractice cases. For over 15 years, we have employed two full-time medical doctors who assist us in evaluating medical malpractice cases. Contact us today for your FREE consultation.