Failure to Diagnose
Seek Help from Our Johnson City Medical Malpractice Lawyers
When a medical professional fails to diagnose a serious or life-threatening
condition, it can lead to permanent disability or, in extreme cases,
death. It is considered
medical malpractice when negligent doctors fail to catch serious problems. In these cases
you or your loved ones may be entitled to compensation to help pay for
your pain and suffering or additional treatment to fix the problems.
The Haynes Firm has developed significant expertise in this area by handling
a myriad of cases involving a doctor’s failure to diagnose.
We’ve outlined some of the common cases below. If you or a family
member has suffered due to a medical failure,
contact us to schedule a
free consultation based on your individual situation.
Everyone knows that heart attacks can kill and severely disable. Heart
attacks can come without warning. But many heart attacks present with
warning signs. Careful medical providers must be able to recognize these
warning signs to diagnose the condition or order additional medical tests
that will enable them to diagnose the condition in time to intervene and
avoid serious injury or death. Our medical malpractice attorneys have
handled numerous cases involving the failure of medical professionals
to diagnose an impending heart attack or heart attack in progress. There
are relatively simple blood tests that can be used to determine this condition
with a high level of certainty, whether or not chest pain is a result
of an acute heart event.
If the heart is not receiving sufficient oxygenated blood, pain is often
produced in the chest, arm, or jaw and may be accompanied by shortness
of breath, fatigue, unusual sweating, and nausea. A standard EKG may tell
a doctor whether the pain is a heart attack. However, many heart attacks
are not easily detected using EKG, so a physician must carefully listen
to the patient and order additional testing if he or she cannot rule out
heart attack or a condition that could imminently lead to a heart attack.
When a person visits a doctor or emergency room complaining of chest pain,
medical providers should first attempt to rule out the conditions that
can kill or disable a person, like heart attack. If medical professionals
fail to rule out life threatening conditions first, catastrophic consequences
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Stroke
survivors often must live their lives with severe disabilities. It is
therefore necessary that medical care providers maintain a high index
Stroke symptoms can include:
- Sudden asymmetrical face when asking the person to smile
- Sudden weakness or numbness in an arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden onset of slurred or difficult speech
Providers must be keenly aware of these symptoms because the window of
opportunity for treating ischemic stroke with the “clot busting”
drug, called tPA, is limited to the first three hours after the onset
Medical providers must perform the necessary tests and consult with appropriate
specialists capable of performing a neurological examination before they
assign a non life-threatening diagnosis to symptoms that are consistent
with stroke in progress. Failure to rule out stroke can result in death
or a lifetime of disability.
Medical advances allow for successful treatment of many types of cancer,
- Colon cancer
- Breast cancer
- Lung cancer
- Skin cancer
Medical professionals must be careful to recognize signs and symptoms that
can suggest cancer. Radiologists must carefully review films and bring
any potential cancer findings to the attention of the ordering provider
so that follow up studies can be performed. Above all, medical providers
must communicate with one another as a patient receives care and undergoes
testing from different people within the healthcare system. If providers
fail to effectively communicate with one another, a patient can easily
fall through the cracks. If that happens, and cancer or other life threatening
condition goes untreated, catastrophic consequences can and do occur.
Like other types of misdiagnosis cases, the timeline relating to symptoms
and diagnosis plays a critical part in determining whether you have a
viable cancer misdiagnosis case. Our attorneys have developed relationships
with well-credentialed physicians who can evaluate whether, and to what
extent, earlier diagnosis would have made a difference in the outcome
of a patient.
If you or a loved one has experienced the failure to promptly diagnose
a major medical malady, call The Haynes Firm at 423-451-4999 as soon as you can.