Doctors Who Fail To Diagnose May Have Shortened A 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.
Medical Malpractice (Failure To Diagnose) Law Firm In Lake Charles, Louisiana
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
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.