Washington Delay in Diagnosis Lawyers
Every day, delayed diagnoses prevent patients from getting the life-saving treatment they need. When a doctor ignores important information or fails to perform the necessary tests, it causes a delay that may allow your condition to grow worse.
When the doctor finally discovers the true cause of your problem, it could be too late. Thousands of patients are harmed annually because doctors make hasty decisions instead of reviewing all the facts.
Sometimes doctors turn away seriously ill emergency room patients, telling someone who’s suffering a stroke that they just have a migraine, or telling someone who’s having a heart attack that it’s only indigestion. These errors are as inexcusable as they are frequent.
If you or a loved one was harmed by a delayed diagnosis, you may be the victim of medical malpractice. The experienced Washington medical malpractice lawyers at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. will review your case and advise you on the best course of action.
Call (877) 433-3906 to learn more today. There’s no charge for your initial consultation.
When a patient seeks medical treatment, there are standard procedures that healthcare providers are expected to follow. If a doctor jumps to conclusions instead of making a carefully informed decision, it could be medical malpractice, which means the doctor failed to adhere to the accepted standard of care.
To prove medical malpractice, your personal injury attorney will have to demonstrate that a reasonable doctor would have behaved differently under the same circumstances, and you suffered serious harm as a result of this negligent behavior.
On the other hand, if your daughter is suffering from meningitis but the emergency room physician refuses to order the necessary tests because he thinks she has the flu, serious medical harm could result.
If meningitis isn’t properly treated right away, lifelong medical consequences such as brain damage may result. It’s likely that the doctor in this case would be held liable for medical malpractice.
Medical conditions that may grow far worse as a result of a delayed diagnosis include:
- Heart attacks
- Brain tumors
- Pulmonary embolism
- Crohn’s disease
- Internal bleeding
- Deep vein thrombosis
Mistakes that occur at any point during the treatment process can cause a delay that has devastating consequences. In an emergency room, treatment delays may be caused by a poor decision made by an admitting physician or nurse. Delays can also result from technical errors, miscommunication, and poor hospital planning.
Types of negligent behavior that cause treatment delays include:
- Ignoring key symptoms
- Misreading diagnostic tests
- Faulty test results
- Communication errors
- Failure to review the patient’s medical history
- Failure to order standard diagnostic tests
- Faulty diagnostic equipment
Medical malpractice cases are very complex. Doctors, nurses, lab technicians, hospital administrators, and other medical professionals can all make serious errors that cause critical treatment delays.
Our investigators at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. will review your medical records, interview staff, consult with medical experts, and subpoena hospital documents to find out what really happened.
When our investigation is complete, we’ll file a claim against anyone whose negligent behavior contributed to the unnecessary injuries that you or your loved one has suffered.
A medical malpractice claim for delayed treatment will include the following types of damages:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Loss of income
- Medical devices
- Assisted living care
- Reduced future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
If somebody hurt you, they should have to pay for it. Our team at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. has won record-breaking settlements for our clients.
Call (877) 433-3906 to schedule a consultation today.