When you go to the doctor with excruciating pain or sickness that will not go away, you hope your medical provider will take every needed step to ensure all symptoms have been accounted for. Unfortunately, when a doctor or medical personnel does not come up with a proper diagnosis or fails to report your ailments, it could lead to extended serious illness, or worse, death. Your life is precious. If you or a loved one is a victim of medical malpractice, failure to diagnose in Northeast Pennsylvania, Fellerman & Ciarimboli is here to fight for you.
What is Failure to Diagnose?
Failure to diagnose occurs when a medical provider does not correctly diagnose a condition. This can range from simple ailments to life-threatening conditions. Failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis, and misdiagnosis are some of the most common medical malpractice claims.
How Does Failure to Diagnose Happen?
Failure to diagnose happens for a lot of reasons. We like to give doctors the benefit of the doubt that they are doing everything they can to help us. But things happen, even mistakes. But that doesn’t mean you or your loved ones should have to suffer the consequences.
Common forms of failure to diagnose include:
- The medical professional does not accurately record symptoms.
- The patient is written off as the symptoms are “all in your head”.
- The symptoms are not recognized.
- The symptoms are attributed to a side effect of medication.
- Necessary tests are not performed.
- Technological glitches.
- Lab results are misread.
- The actual medical problem may be incredibly rare and may not seem possible because of the patient’s age, gender, race, etc., so it is not even considered.
- The diagnosis is so rare that the medical professionals do not know how to diagnose it, or how to handle the care.
Failure to diagnose is significant for malpractice claims across all specialties. However, it is the number one cause in primary care disciplines, emergency medicine, radiology, and most of the medical subspecialties as well as some surgical specialties.
How Common is Failure to Diagnose?
Unfortunately, failure to diagnose is more common than people realize. According to the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, “diagnostic errors affect an estimated 12 million Americans each year, and likely cause more harm to patients than all other medical errors combined….Some have estimated that $100 billion or more may be wasted annually in the U.S. as a result of inaccurate diagnosis.”
If those numbers are not jarring enough, it is believed that every American will experience a diagnostic error in their lifetime, all of varying severity. The Society further estimates that 40,000 to 80,000 people die each year from diagnostic failures in U.S. hospitals alone, and at least that many suffer permanent disability.
My doctor didn’t diagnose me properly, now I’m permanently disabled. What can I do?
The most important thing you can do right now if you are a victim of medical malpractice, failure to diagnose, is to take care of yourself, but document everything.
To prove these medical malpractice claims, we will need to review medical records, notes, and any journaling you may have done on your symptoms. These cases can be difficult but when you have suffered, it’s worth pursuing.
Failure to Diagnose, Medical Malpractice Attorneys: Fellerman & Ciarimboli
If you or a loved one have suffered injury, or death as a result of medical providers’ inability to properly diagnose you, you need the medical malpractice attorneys of Fellerman & Ciarimboli. We will review the facts of the case and make your medical provider responsible for your suffering. Call the Northeast Pennsylvania medical malpractice attorneys of Fellerman & Ciarimboli today.