Work With A Delayed Diagnosis Attorney In Palm Beach County
Early diagnoses are critical when it comes to fighting cancer, heart disease, strokes, infections, and other serious medical conditions. In many cases, simple tests can result in the diagnosis of serious illnesses early enough to treat them successfully.
When health care providers overlook recognizable symptoms or fail to order appropriate tests, people lose the valuable time that they need to fight these diseases. In many cases, a delayed diagnosis can deprive patients of their last chance for survival.
Some of the most common incidents of delayed diagnoses occur when medical providers:
- Fail to spend sufficient time with patients
- Fail to properly examine patients
- Fail to heed patient’s complaints
- Fail to order appropriate tests
- Incorrectly read test results
- Ignore symptoms of serious illnesses
- Delay in referring patients to specialists
- Fail to provide appropriate treatment in a timely manner
Among the illnesses that are misdiagnosed are heart attacks, strokes, cancer, tuberculosis, diabetes, pulmonary embolisms, infections, bacterial meningitis, appendicitis, aortic dissections, pneumonia, ruptured aortas, aneurysms, and neurological disorders.
These Errors Are Statistically Significant
In a review of 25 years of malpractice claims in the United States, Johns Hopkins researchers found that diagnostic errors accounted for the most severe patient harm, the largest percentage of malpractice claims and the largest total payouts. In a study published in BMJ Quality & Safety, researchers estimated that diagnosis errors cause between 80,000 and 160,000 permanent injuries and deaths every year in the United States. The Washington Post reported that 28 percent of 583 diagnostic errors reported anonymously by physicians were life-threatening or resulted in death or permanent disability.
Contact Our Firm For Experienced Legal Counsel
If you or a loved one has a medical condition that went undiagnosed or was misdiagnosed by a health care provider, you need to be represented by a knowledgeable, skilled, and experienced delayed diagnosis attorney in Palm Beach Gardens and Palm Beach County.
We represent clients throughout Florida who have suffered serious injuries or death due to the failure to timely diagnose and treat illnesses. To learn how a lawyer can help, contact us today at our Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach Gardens or Orlando office, or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.