Many conditions and health issues require prompt medical treatment. Unfortunately, with a delayed diagnosis, a patient may fail to get the timely attention that his or her condition warrants. A delayed diagnosis is a form of medical malpractice, and when it occurs, the negligent physician should be held legally responsible. Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., is one of the leading medical malpractice law firms in Chicago and across Illinois. If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered harm because of a doctor’s failure to make a timely diagnosis, contact us right away. We can review the facts of your case and help you to understand your legal options.
The consequences of a delayed diagnosis depend on your symptoms and the underlying illness. For some medical conditions, even a slight delay in making a diagnosis can have devastating results. Examples of these situations are:
It is evident that a wide range of serious medical conditions can become progressively worse if you do not treat them immediately.
Sadly, delayed diagnoses occur frequently. A study in the British Medical Journal indicated that as many as 28 percent of autopsies reviewed by researchers involved at least one misdiagnosis or medical error. Some of the different mistakes leading to a delayed diagnosis are:
Healthcare providers aren’t expected to be perfect in every case. But they are expected to behave with a reasonable degree of skill and professionalism. A care provider’s failure to diagnose a patient on time may be a breach of the obligation to provide competent care. The care provider could be liable for medical malpractice.
While it is clear that a delayed diagnosis does have an adverse impact on recovery and health in many cases, it is very difficult to prove the extent of this impact. For example, if you had cancer and your diagnosis was delayed, you could argue that the cancer spread and that you needed more invasive treatment or that your chances of surviving the disease decreased. The doctor, on the other hand, might argue that your cancer was aggressive, had already spread and would have spread regardless of whether the diagnosis was made on time or not. Doctors will argue that there is no proof that they actually caused you any harm. They will use experts to assert that you would have had the same medical results no matter what was done. You need to be sure you can stand up to these experts, present your own evidence and prove that the doctor or care provider is to blame for hurting or harming you.
An experienced Chicago medical malpractice lawyer at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., should be consulted in a complex delayed diagnosis case. We have an extensive background in investigating and litigating medical error lawsuits throughout Illinois, and we can put that experience to work for you. To learn more, give us a call or contact us online today and schedule a free consultation.