Wyoming Delay in Diagnosis Attorneys
Helping You Get Resources to Get Better After a Delay in Diagnosis in Wyoming
When you visit the doctor, it’s crucial to get the right treatment as quickly as possible. But doctors often overlook obvious symptoms or dismiss serious signs of distress. This prevents patients from getting the necessary treatment in time.
Delayed diagnosis is one of the most common types of medical malpractice and it has disastrous consequences. Every year thousands of patients suffer because their doctors made a hasty decision without considering all the facts.
When patients don’t get the correct diagnosis in time, the results can be deadly. Cancer spreads, strokes debilitate, and people die from heart attacks because doctors fail to follow the recommended procedures.
If you or a loved one was harmed by a doctor’s careless actions, you may have suffered medical malpractice. The experienced Wyoming malpractice malpractice lawyers at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. offer a no-cost consultation where we can discuss your options.
Our team has won record-breaking settlements for our clients. Call (877) 433-3906 to learn more today.
How Delayed Diagnosis Harms Patients
It’s crucial to get the right diagnosis in time. Otherwise, the patient’s condition will probably grow worse. When the diagnosis is incorrect, patients receive the wrong treatment or no treatment at all for their real problem.
An emergency room patient who’s having a heart attack requires immediate life-saving treatment. There are tests that must be performed right away so the patient can get the proper treatment. If the doctor assumes that a heart attack patient is merely suffering from indigestion or a muscle strain, the results can be catastrophic.
Cancer is another disease that can get much worse when doctors ignore vital warning signs. For example, doctors often mistake lung cancer symptoms such as persistent coughing and shortness of breath with more common ailments such as bronchitis, asthma, or COPD.
The survival rates are much higher if cancer is detected early. But when cancer is misdiagnosed in its early stages, it gets much more serious. Recovery rates are reduced and treatment options become limited as patients are often forced to undergo painful chemotherapy or invasive surgery.
Delayed diagnosis causes delayed treatment, and this can seriously harm patients with several types of medical conditions, including:
- Heart attacks
- Brain tumors
- Crohn’s disease
- Internal bleeding
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Multiple sclerosis
- Pulmonary embolism
What Causes Delayed Diagnosis?
There are several factors that may contribute to delayed diagnosis. Errors made by doctors, nurses, laboratory technicians, and other medical professionals can prevent the patient from getting the right diagnosis in time.
Medical mistakes that cause delayed diagnosis include:
- Failure to order standard diagnostic tests
- Diagnosing the wrong disease
- Overlooking obvious symptoms
- Misidentifying side effects of medication
- Failure to consult with specialists
- Faulty equipment
- Laboratory errors
- Failure to consider the patient’s medical history
Poor policy decisions made by hospital administrators can also lead to inexcusable delays. Inadequate management practices that increase the chance of delayed diagnosis include:
- Failure to adequately screen employees
- Failure to apply the necessary safeguards and protocols
- Failure to properly train hospital staff
- Poor reporting procedures when mistakes occur
How Your Wyoming Malpractice Lawyer Can Help
If someone you love was harmed by medical malpractice, you might not know where to turn for help. Nobody at the hospital is going to tell you they made a terrible mistake.
Our team at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. will conduct a full investigation to find out what really happened. Then we’ll file a claim against anyone whose negligent behavior caused you harm.
A malpractice claim for delayed treatment will include the following types of damages:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Time missed from work
- Pain and suffering
- Medical devices
- Occupational therapy
- Reduced earning potential
- Wrongful death
A Team You Can Trust
Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. has built a legacy of trust by treating our clients with compassion and fighting for justice. If somebody harmed you, they should have to pay for what they did.
Call (877) 433-3906 to schedule a no-cost consultation. At Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., we’re on your side.
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