Many cases involve a delay in either diagnosing or treating a condition. In that case, here are the crucial questions that need to be asked:
- What were the symptoms you presented with?
- What do you believe was the wrong diagnosis?
- When you were finally diagnosed correctly, what was your diagnosis?
- When was the diagnosis made?
- Has a doctor told you it should have been made earlier?
- How long was the delay? (The delay must be long enough that you can show your outcome was altered).
If one doctor misses a diagnosis, but another doctor discovers it shortly afterward, you will have to prove that those few weeks made an actual difference. This is often so difficult that it precludes bringing a malpractice claim. Nevertheless, contact our office at (423) 928-0165 to see if The Haynes Firm can help you!