Charlottesville Delayed Diagnosis Attorney
Going to the doctor, whether for a regular check-up or for a diagnosis and treatment of certain ailments, is an idea that brings most people comfort. Indeed, as medical professionals with years of training and practice, doctors are people who we trust to give us the care that we need. Part of that expectation of high-quality care is an expectation that a doctor will make a prompt and correct diagnosis about a condition from which we are suffering. Unfortunately, however, medical errors often result in the delayed diagnosis of serious medical conditions. If this has happened to you or a loved one, please call our Charlottesville delayed diagnosis attorney directly for a free consultation.
What Are the Consequences of a Delayed Diagnosis?
When a diagnosis of a disease or condition is delayed, the consequences can be serious. One of the biggest risks of a delayed diagnosis is that the condition will spread to a point where it is no longer treatable. For example, certain types of cancer can metastasize rapidly when untreated, resulting in a fatal outcome.
Another risk of a delayed diagnosis is that the patient will be misdiagnosed and treated for a condition they do not have. This can result in pain, suffering, medical bills, and other unnecessary losses.
Causes of Delayed Diagnosis
If a patient doesn’t accurately disclose the extent of their symptoms or misrepresents their health history, this can contribute to the risk of a delayed diagnosis. More often, however, a delayed diagnosis is the result of medical malpractice. Examples of medical malpractice that can result in a delayed diagnosis include:
- Failing to refer a patient to a specialist;
- Failing to conduct the correct tests;
- Incorrectly interpreting laboratory and other test results;
- Failing to get a complete catalog of a patient’s symptoms;
- Mixing up patients’ charts; and
- Failing to spend enough time with a patient to understand their symptoms, medical history, family medical history, etc. in order to make a proper diagnosis.
Your Rights Following a Delayed Diagnosis
Not having a condition diagnosed, and knowing that you’ve suffered harm and damages that you would not have suffered but for that delayed diagnosis, is a sinking feeling. At the law office of MichieHamlett, our Charlottesville delayed diagnosis lawyers know what you’re going through and we want to help you recover compensation for your damages. If you can prove that malpractice occurred, you can seek compensation for the value of your pain, suffering, emotional distress, medical bills, lost wages, and other economic and noneconomic losses associated with the medical malpractice.
Call Our Charlottesville Delayed Diagnosis Attorneys Today
Our lawyers will support you by building your claim, helping to prove malpractice, hiring experts, calculating your damages, handling your case documents, reviewing your settlement, and aggressively advocating for your full settlement amount. To schedule a free consultation with our Charlottesville delayed diagnosis attorneys, please call us directly or send us a message at your convenience.