Individuals trust medical professionals to properly examine, study and investigate a condition in order to accurately diagnose and treat it in a short amount of time.
When this doesn’t occur, consult the experienced delayed diagnosis lawyers of Strype Injury Law.
Failure to diagnose serious conditions — including deep vein thrombosis, clotting problems or heart problems such as congestive heart failure — can lead to increasing pain, extended hospital stays or even death.
Several situations or errors in judgement can lead to a delayed diagnosis, including:
- Failure to admit
- Failure to treat
- Failure to perform proper diagnostic tests
- Failure to act upon patient complaints in a timely manner
- Failure to act upon the more serious diagnosis in favour of the less serious one — for example, a patient complaining of chest pains could be diagnosed with anxiety rather than performing the necessary blood tests to rule out a heart attack
- Failure to follow accepted standards
Any of these situations can potentially lead to more devastating illnesses or injuries than were originally present. It’s wise to seek the counsel of a skilled lawyer to discuss your case and the options available to you.