Misdiagnosis & Failure to Diagnose

Don’t Suffer the Consequences of Your Doctor’s Mistakes

We place a lot of trust in our doctors. We trust that they will not only diagnose the cause of our ailments, but that they will treat them in a safe and timely manner. What happens, however, when a healthcare professional misdiagnoses your illness? Or worse yet, when they fail to diagnose the illness at all? In some cases, the results can be catastrophic. If you were injured by your doctor’s negligent mistakes, you have rights. Contact Bill Easterly & Associates to learn more.

Our Nashville medical malpractice lawyers have handled thousands of personal injury claims and recovered millions in compensation. Call now for your free, no-obligation consultation.

How Do I Know if I Have a Valid Medical Malpractice Claim?

Not all doctors are perfect, and mistakes happen. However, there is a difference between failing to diagnose an illness and failing to uphold an acceptable standard of care. It is not reasonable to assume that all diseases will be detected right away, but it is reasonable to expect that your doctor will do everything in their power to formulate an accurate, and timely, diagnosis. If your illness was missed as a result of carelessness or inexperience, you may have grounds to file a claim.

Mistakes that could lead to a misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis include:

  • Failing to order additional diagnostic testing
  • Failing to consider the patient’s medical history
  • Misinterpreting the results of an X-ray, CT scan or MRI
  • Disregarding certain symptoms or “red flags”
  • Making assumptions without verified evidence

You would not be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit unless you could show that the misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis has caused you to suffer specific damages. Although you may be able to prove that your doctor misdiagnosed your illness, you could not seek damages unless you can show that it had adverse side effects (i.e. you incurred additional medical expenses or your condition worsened as a result). If you have questions about your case, please contact our firm.

Commonly Misdiagnosed or Missed Conditions

Although it is possible to misdiagnose virtually any type of illness, some are more frequently missed or misdiagnosed than others. Some of the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions include:

  • Heart attacks and strokes
  • Various forms of cancer
  • Appendicitis and pneumonia
  • Pulmonary embolisms
  • Aortic dissection

If any of these conditions are not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner, the consequences can be devastating. Even the slightest delay in treating a serious illness could result in death.

Contact Bill Easterly & Associates Now for a Free Consult

Failing to diagnose a serious illness could cause irreparable damage. If you or someone you love has suffered the consequences of medical negligence, you should not hesitate to contact the Nashville medical malpractice injury attorneys at Bill Easterly & Associates, for a free case evaluation. With more than 25 years of collective legal experience, we have already helped thousands of wrongfully injured victims. Let us do the same for you by contacting our dedicated legal team today.

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