Iowa Delay in Diagnosis Attorneys
Time is crucial when treating diseases and dangerous medical conditions. A delayed diagnosis can prevent a patient from getting the treatment they need for a healthy recovery.
A delayed diagnosis limits treatment options. Outcomes for many conditions and diseases such as strokes, heart attacks, and cancer are dramatically impacted by a delayed diagnosis.
Medical malpractice may result when a patient is harmed by a delay in treatment caused by negligent behavior. This can happen when a doctor fails to request standard tests or when test results are incorrect or misinterpreted.
At Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., we’ve won millions of dollars in settlements for our clients. If you were harmed by medical malpractice, our Iowa delayed diagnosis lawyers want to hear about it.
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A delayed diagnosis can have a devastating impact. It may lead to serious medical consequences including death, brain damage, and physical disabilities.
Emergency room patients are especially vulnerable to delayed diagnosis in situations where every minute is critical in terms of providing effective treatment.
When someone is suffering a stroke, for example, there’s a type of medication called t-PA that can have a huge impact on the patient’s prognosis for recovery. But to be effective, it must be administered within hours after symptoms are first discovered.
An emergency room doctor may assume that a patient’s headache and other stroke symptoms are caused by some other medical condition such as migraines or low blood sugar. If the doctor fails to request a brain imaging test right away, the patient may suffer paralysis, brain damage, and diminished language skills.
Types of negligent behavior that cause treatment delays include:
- Misidentifying symptoms
- Inaccurate test results
- Failure to order standard diagnostic tests
- Diagnosing the wrong disease
- Faulty diagnostic equipment
- Mistaking medication side effects for a disease
- Failure to evaluate important medical information
- Failure to consider the patient’s medical history
The sooner doctors know what’s wrong with a patient, the faster they can begin to apply the most effective treatment. Otherwise, diseases can progress unabated.
For cancer patients, early detection significantly increases survival rates. A delayed diagnosis reduces treatment options and makes it more likely that the patient will have to undergo more invasive and unpleasant treatment options such as chemotherapy.
Delayed diagnosis can have devastating consequences for patients with the following conditions:
- Heart attacks
- Multiple sclerosis
- Crohn’s disease
- Internal bleeding
- Brain tumors
- Birth injuries
- Pulmonary embolism
- Deep vein thrombosis
If you or a loved one was harmed by a delayed diagnosis, you may not know where to turn for help. But the experienced Iowa medical malpractice lawyers at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. will sit down with you and listen to your story.
Our team will conduct a thorough investigation, examining medical records and internal hospital documents. We’ll also seek input from medical experts. When our investigation is complete, we’ll file a claim against anyone whose negligent behavior contributed to your injuries.
A malpractice claim for delayed treatment includes these types of damages:
- Treatment costs
- Mental anguish
- Hospital bills
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning potential
- Psychological counseling
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
If somebody hurt you, then they should have to pay for it. At Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., we’ve dedicated our practice to helping people put their lives back together after experiencing a senseless tragedy.
Call (877) 433-3906 to learn more today.