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Failure To Diagnose Attorneys in Louisiana

Doctors who fail to diagnose may have shortened someone’s life span. Doctors and hospitals can be held accountable for failing to diagnose illness or medical conditions. In retrospect, the medical records often show that the signs were there but the medical staff took shortcuts, ignored evidence or jumped to the wrong conclusions.

The Lake Charles medical malpractice lawyers of The Townsley Law Firm hold physicians to their own code of professional ethics. Our long record of verdicts and settlements includes cases of delayed diagnosis, misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose serious conditions. We take cases in southwest Louisiana and statewide.

If you or a family member suffered serious harm from diagnosis errors, call us at 337-377-0584 for a free initial consultation. A statute of limitations may apply, so do not wait to talk to a lawyer.

Failure to Diagnose Medical Malpractice Claims

The knowledge base and medical technology are far advanced from just a generation ago, yet diagnosis errors continue to happen because of human error. Physicians have a duty to rule out the most serious and life-threatening conditions first and then narrow down the problem. Known as differential diagnosis, this scientific method is the accepted standard of practice.

Diagnosis failures may be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit if (a) there is lasting harm or death and (b) if medical professionals deviated from the standard of care:

  • Delayed diagnosis of cancer (depriving the patient of early eradication or life-extending treatment)
  • Failure to diagnose life-threatening conditions such as heart attack, internal bleeding, pulmonary embolism, appendicitis or severe infection
  • Delayed diagnosis of heart disease
  • Failure to identify and treat brain injury, resulting in death or additional brain damage
  • Failure to identify broken bones, resulting in aggravation of the injury

Failure To Diagnose Cancer Is Negligence

During routine physicals, checkups and other procedures, it is a doctor’s job to check for signs of cancer. Any doctor with current licensure to practice in the field of medicine should be well-versed in the various signs of potential cancer. When a doctor fails to uncover these signs, the repercussions can be catastrophic. If your doctor failed to diagnose symptoms of cancer for you or someone you love, your first step is to contact an experienced team of dedicated attorneys to protect your interests and build a winning case for you.

From our Lake Charles office, we help clients who have suffered damages as a result of failure to diagnose cancer of all kinds:

  • Breast cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Brain cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Ovarian cancer

Failure To Diagnose And Delayed Cancer Diagnosis Lawsuits

The most important component of stopping cancer is early detection. In many cases, a late or delayed cancer diagnosis is just as harmful as no diagnosis at all, because if the cancer is given time to expand and spread, it becomes impossible to remove it completely, causing untold damage or death for the medical malpractice victim.

Our lawyers understand the pain and suffering that results from this type of medical malpractice, and we will fight aggressively to protect your rights in the courtroom and to get you the best results possible in your case.

Experience And In-House Medical Knowledge

Our attorneys have unique medical backgrounds that enable us to review the medical records and demonstrate where the doctors and hospital staff went wrong. Diagnosis failures may trace back to failing to order CT, MRI, X-ray or other diagnostics; radiologist and lab technician errors; failing to follow up on patient complaints; or misdiagnosis or sending patients home without a diagnosis.

We also have access to top medical experts in oncology, orthopedics, emergency room medicine and other fields who can help us prove that medical providers failed to take the right steps or “connect the dots.” Our ability and willingness to invest in good cases is the foundation of our successful trial practice.

Committed To Maximum Recovery

We pursue full compensation for medical intervention, ongoing medical care and loss of income, as well as damages for loss of a chance to beat the cancer or condition, disability, reduced life expectancy, physical pain and emotional suffering.

For a free consultation and case evaluation, call our Lake Charles failure to diagnose attorneys at 337-377-0584 or reach us online.