Thursday, November 19, 2015

Failure To Diagnose Can Lead To Serious Complications

Failure to diagnose & medical malpractice
If you have certain symptoms, medical professionals should perform the proper tests to accurately diagnose a serious condition. Unfortunately, some doctors fail to diagnose certain conditions which can lead to unnecessary injury to patients that may even be fatal. If your condition is not diagnosed in a timely manner and you suffered complications as a result, any negligent medical professionals may be held liable for medical malpractice.

Heart Attack
Heart attacks most often occur as a result of heart disease and the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) reports that an estimated 735,000 people1 in the United States suffer a heart attack on an annual basis. Many people should be generally aware of some of the most common signs and symptoms of a heart attack, which can include chest pain, shortness of breath, pain in the shoulder, arm, neck, or jaw, light-headedness, nausea, and more. Though these symptoms should be recognizable, they also overlap with symptoms of many other conditions and can often be confused for the following:

·         Acid reflux
·         Angina
·         Panic attack
·         Gallstone
·         Ulcer
·         Rib fracture

If ever you have symptoms of a possible heart attack, your doctor should perform adequate tests to rule out any other conditions before giving you a diagnosis. If your heart attack is not properly treated, you are at serious risk of a subsequent episode that may be life-threatening.

No one wants to hear that they have cancer. However, according to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 1,658,370 individuals2 will receive some type of cancer diagnosis in 2015 in the U.S. For many patients, the earlier their cancer is detected and diagnosed, the better chance they have of successful treatment and a more positive prognosis. Unfortunately, many cases of cancer go undiagnosed until the disease has progressed substantially and treatment options have decreased. This failure to diagnose can happen even in the face of symptoms that should have indicated that something was not right with the patient. In such cases, the patient and perhaps their families may be entitled to compensation for the missed diagnosis. Some of the most commonly missed cancer diagnoses can involve the following:

·         Breast cancer
·         Lymphoma
·         Rectal or colon cancer
·         Melanoma or other skin cancers
·         Lung cancer
·         Prostate cancer
·         Renal/kidney cancer
·         Uterine cancer
·         Cervical cancer
·         Bladder cancer

Aneurysms occur when a weak blood vessel expands, presenting the risk of it bursting and causing potentially life-threatening complications. These vessels burst in either the aorta—the main artery in the body—or in the brain. Both types can cause serious injury or death, even with emergency treatment. There are specific symptoms for aneurysms in the brain and in the aorta and, if a patient presents with such symptoms, medical professionals should perform the proper tests to determine whether an aneurysm exists.

Doctors can identify aneurysms before they burst and can monitor and treat them to avoid serious consequences of a burst blood vessel. However, if an aneurysm is not properly diagnosed, the following may result:

·         Brain damage
·         Paralysis
·         Internal bleeding
·         Coma
·         Death

Discuss your situation with an experienced Clearwater medical malpractice attorney today

If you had a serious condition that was not properly tested and diagnosed and you sustained unnecessary complications or injury as a result, you should call a qualified medical malpractice lawyer to learn about your legal rights and options as soon as possible. Additionally, if you have tragically lost a loved one because a doctor negligently failed to diagnose their serious health condition, your should discuss your rights to file a wrongful death claim against the responsible medical professional.

The highly experienced team of attorneys at the Dolman Law Group in Clearwater, Florida have assisted many injured victims recover in medicalmalpractice cases. We have the knowledge and resources needed to take on this often complex type of case, so please do not delay in contacting our office for a free consultation by calling 727-451-6900 or using our online contact form today.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756