Diagnosis Errors

Medical Malpractice: Misdiagnosis and Delayed Diagnosis

Effective medical treatment begins with an accurate diagnosis of the patient's illness or injury. Any error in identifying the patient's condition can delay effective treatment with disastrous consequences for the patient. If you believe that misdiagnosis or an unreasonable delay in diagnosis caused a serious injury or death in your family, contact Fay Law Group, P.A. in Washington for a free consultation with a knowledgeable medical malpractice lawyer.

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Malpractice cases that turn on errors in diagnosis can be deceptively difficult to prove. Your attorney needs not only to show that a treating physician, radiologist or pathologist missed the signs of a dangerous heart condition or cancer, but also that a reasonably careful professional would probably have made a correct diagnosis under the same circumstances.

In other words, you can't necessarily blame a doctor for misdiagnosis of stroke symptoms or a malignant tumor. However, if the medical error resulted from a negligent failure to review records, order tests, or interpret lab reports, it may be possible to collect damages from a negligent doctor, technician or hospital.

Just as in other medical malpractice claims, your ability to prove the defendant's liability depends a great deal on your attorney's ability to work effectively with medical professionals whose support will be crucial to the success of your claim. Expert testimony is necessary to prove negligence against the doctors who had the chance to identify an illness in time to do something about it.

Did a Doctor's Diagnosis Error Hurt Someone in Your Family?

Fay Law Group's experience with the investigation and evaluation of misdiagnosis cases can help you find out whether your medical malpractice claim has a likelihood of success. If we recommend a lawsuit, our careful attention to detail on liability and damage issues can make a significant difference in the outcome of your claims.

Our law firm advises people in Washington, D.C. and Maryland who need to find out whether a negligent physician's diagnosis errors caused a family member's death or serious injury due to a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of stroke, heart disease or cancer. To get answers to your questions, contact Fay Law Group for a free consultation.