An accurate diagnosis is the crucial first step to treating any serious medical condition. If a healthcare provider fails to correctly diagnosis a condition in a timely manner, the patient’s health can quickly deteriorate, even if the condition in question was not particularly severe at the onset. The patient may receive incorrect and ineffective treatments, or no treatment whatsoever. By the time a proper diagnosis is made, the condition may have progressed significantly, requiring additional costly and invasive treatments. In the most tragic circumstances, the patient may even die as a result of the error. While not all failures to diagnose are grounds for medical malpractice claims, many times these errors are the result of negligence on the part of the healthcare provider or facility. If you believe that you or your loved one is the victim of this type of medical malpractice, contact the California or Arizona office of Hodes Milman Liebeck. We also provide assistance to clients throughout the United States and are committed to helping victims protect their rights in even the most complex cases.

Causes of Misdiagnosis/Failure to Diagnose

Many factors can contribute to a diagnosis error, from carelessness or callousness on the part of a physician to a high volume of patients that can lead a healthcare provider to make a hasty – and inaccurate – diagnosis. Some of the most common causes of medical misdiagnosis include:

  • Failure to order appropriate tests
  • Failure to follow up appropriately on tests
  • Incorrect interpretation of test results
  • Incomplete or rushed exams
  • Failure to recognize symptoms

Some of the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions include cancer, stroke, heart attack, infection, aneurisms, and meningitis. However, an incorrect or delayed diagnosis is possible for almost any medical condition, regardless of severity. In some circumstances, a healthcare provider may even incorrectly diagnose a healthy patient with a serious medical condition, causing the individual to undergo unnecessary treatments that can significantly compromise their safety and unduly burden them financially.

For more information about diagnosis errors, please contact our personal injury firm today to arrange a consultation with one of our medical malpractice lawyers. Our offices are located in Southern California and Phoenix, and we are also proud to handle claims for clients across the country.

Medical Malpractice Representation

At Hodes Milman Liebeck, our medical malpractice lawyers understand that the consequences of a misdiagnosis or the failure to diagnose are often devastating. Our team also recognizes that representing these types of medical malpractice claims can be extremely difficult, which is why we are painstakingly thorough in reviewing and preparing each case. Our extensive knowledge and resources have earned our medical malpractice lawyers a distinguished reputation and an impressive record of verdicts and settlements.

Although mistakes can and do happen, what makes a diagnosis error grounds for a medical malpractice claim is a deviation from the accepted standard of care. If a doctor, nurse, specialist or other healthcare provider fails to act as a similarly qualified medical professional would have, and that failure results in the patient’s injury or death, there may be grounds for filing a medical malpractice claim. Our firm offers free case consultations, and we can help you to determine whether medical malpractice was a factor in your injury or in the wrongful death of your loved one.

Contact Our Firm Serving All of California and Arizona

For a free review of your misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose claim, contact our California or Arizona office. Our medical malpractice lawyers proudly provide victims nationwide with dedicated, competent legal guidance. Do not hesitate to seek the compensation you deserve if you or a member of your family has been a victim of medical misdiagnosis.


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