A Delayed Diagnosis Is A Lost Opportunity
Time is of the essence when a person harbors a life-threatening medical condition. Every day that passes without diagnosis allows the disease to progress unchecked. Every day that passes without treatment shortens their life expectancy or reduces their quality of life.
The medical malpractice lawyers of Luxenberg Garbett Kelly & George have held doctors and hospitals accountable for delayed diagnosis of cancer and other diseases. We make those providers pay for a preventable death or avoidable suffering resulting from their medical negligence.
Failure To Diagnose Cancer In Time
Cancers that were once a death sentence are now curable with timely intervention. Many people with skin cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer and other types become cancer survivors if they are diagnosed and treated in early stages. Even with more aggressive or late-stage cancers, timely diagnosis and treatment can buy precious months or years of life.
A delayed diagnosis deprives the patient of a chance to be cured outright, to extend their life, or to improve their quality of life in the time they have left. That lost opportunity is compensable harm in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Our job is to show how the doctors missed the signs or failed to diagnose cancer, and to argue that the patient would have survived or lived longer had they received surgery, chemotherapy or radiation at an earlier stage.
Delayed Diagnosis Of Other Medical Conditions
Failure to diagnose other serious diseases or injuries can lead to untimely death or irreversible and disabling damage. Examples include a delay in diagnosing and treating:
- Sepsis (blood infection)
- Hemorrhage (internal bleeding)
- Heart attack or stroke
- Necrosis (tissue death), leading to amputation
- Compartment injury, resulting in permanent nerve damage
- Type 1 diabetes, leading to kidney failure or retinopathy
- Gestational diabetes or preeclampsia in pregnant women
Holding Medical Providers Accountable
A delayed diagnosis can result from many types of negligence. We work backward, going through the medical records to determine what went wrong and when the diagnosis reasonably could have and should have been made. Did the doctor ignore patient complaints or “red flag” symptoms? Did the doctor fail to order follow-up tests or misread the test results? Did the radiologist or lab techs deviate from the standard procedure?
Do You Have A Case For Malpractice?
Luxenberg Garbett Kelly & George provides a free case evaluation if you suffered lasting harm or a loved died prematurely because of a failure to diagnose. Our accomplished trial lawyers are prepared to go to court if necessary to get justice.