Misdiagnosis Or Late Diagnosis
Cleveland Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Misdiagnosis and Delayed Diagnosis of Cancer and other Illnesses
Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis are among the most common reasons for medical malpractice claims, including emergency room lawsuits. A delay in diagnosis means a delay in treatment. In some cases, prompt treatment is essential to the patients recovery, such as with heart attacks and strokes, fast-growing cancers, and oxygen deprivation during childbirth.
When Does a Delayed Diagnosis Constitute Medical Malpractice?
Medical diagnosis is an art as well as a science. It is not always obvious or simple and it can take time and repeated testing. Failing to order proper tests, failing to promptly review test results, and failing to follow up on questionable results are all signs of medical negligence.
While a general practitioner is usually the first doctor that a patient sees, if there are difficulties with a diagnosis, he or she should refer the patient to a specialist. If you were not able to get a referral to a specialist, or were sent to the wrong kind of specialist, you may have a medical malpractice claim.
HMOs and health insurance companies can also be part of the challenge to getting a proper diagnosis. They may try to limit your doctor’s ability to order the tests necessary to identify kidney failure, liver failure, or cancer.
Legal Help If Your Family Was Harmed Because of a Misdiagnosis
If your loved one died because they did not receive prompt treatment or if your medical condition worsened because of delays in diagnosis, you deserve answers — and financial compensation. At Dennis Seaman & Associates, we help our clients access medical experts who can review their cases and determine if medical malpractice occurred.
Dennis Seaman & Associates is one of the largest, most established medical malpractice and personal injury law firms in Ohio. With more than a dozen attorneys on staff, we have the experience and resources to take even the most complex case to trial.
If we believe your loved one was the victim of medical negligence, we will put the full resources of our firm behind you. We will advance the cost of the investigation and, if we are unable to obtain a recovery for you, you owe us nothing.
Protect Your Rights: Free Attorney Consultation
For help from an experienced medical malpractice lawyer, contact our Cleveland law office to arrange a free consultation. Whether or not you ultimately decide to hire our law firm, one of our attorneys will listen to your story and explain your legal options.