Critical or potentially fatal diseases and conditions often require medical care immediately. When medical attention isn’t given, the disease may progress to a point where side effects are severe, permanent or long-term or may even cause death.
Thus, a delayed diagnosis can be devastating. If you suffered harm because a medical professional was negligent, delayed diagnosis attorneys can help you recover the damages to which you’re entitled.
Medical Malpractice and Delayed Diagnosis
Correctly diagnosing a patient can be tough in some cases and requires a thorough look into the patient’s medical history, signs and symptoms, test results, and more. While even the finest medical professionals can make mistakes, sometimes those mistakes can be avoided and are made as a result of negligent actions. A medical malpractice suit arises when a medical professional does not provide a reasonable standard of care.
Because correct treatment options for a disease or condition – such as cancer – are dependent upon a correct diagnosis, a doctor who fails to make a correct diagnosis may liable. However, liability is dependent upon whether the healthcare professional acted negligently in arriving at an incorrect diagnosis or failed to diagnose the patient in a timely fashion.
Also, it must be proven that the negligence, and therefore the delayed diagnosis, caused harm to the patient that would not have otherwise occurred. This may require working with delayed diagnosis lawyers who can secure expert testimony.
Proving Negligence for a Delayed Diagnosis
Medical negligence means that a doctor didn’t act with a reasonable standard of care. For example, if the doctor didn’t run tests that he or she should have, misinterpreted straightforward blood work, or otherwise failed to provide due care when diagnosing a patient’s illness, then the doctor may have acted negligently, and therefore might be liable for damages.
It also must be proven that the negligence caused the patient harm. For example, if a patient did not receive a timely diagnosis, but the delay did not cause any further harm or disease progression, then the medical professional may not be liable for any damages. But if the patient suffered from cancer, for example, and the delay was negligent, causing the cancer to spread and the disease to worsen, then the patient may hold the doctor liable for resultant damages.
Types of Compensation in a Medical Malpractice Case
Patients who are victims of medical negligence can review their cases and the damages they may recover with delayed diagnosis attorneys at our firm.
Below are some of the damages that may be recovered in a medical malpractice claim.
- Current medical expenses
- Future medical care
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
In the event of a wrongful death case, damages may include funeral expenses, noneconomic damages the surviving family members experience and more.
In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for pursuing a medical malpractice case is two years from the date of the injury. If you’ve been the victim of a delayed diagnosis, get in touch with delayed diagnosis lawyers today.
Call the Delayed Diagnosis Attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC
If you suffered injuries or other harm because a medical professional did not diagnose an illness in a timely manner and was negligent in his or her failure, then contact us to start discussing legal options. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our delayed diagnosis attorneys can help collect evidence, secure expert testimony and present your case. To get started on filing your claim today, call us now at 215-642-2335 to schedule an appointment or use our contact page to get in touch with us to set up a consultation.