Depending upon the symptoms a person is experiencing, an unknown illness can be a minor annoyance or a source of great concern. The first step toward resolving a particular health issue is seeking the diagnostic opinion of a doctor whose training and experience qualify him or her to accurately assess the situation and to determine what conditions must be eliminated and what is the true source of the problem.
A timely and correct diagnosis offers an excellent start on the road to recovery. Errors in this critical phase of medical care, however, have the potential to result in severe adverse health effects. If you or your loved one has been the victim of a failed diagnosis, contact the Des Moines medical malpractice lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 705-0233.
Consequences of a Flawed Diagnosis
A delayed diagnosis, wrong diagnosis, or failure to diagnose a patient’s illness or injury can result in the following complications:
- The pursuit of improper treatment
- The pursuit of ineffective treatment
- The pursuit of treatment options that are dangerously incompatible with the actual illness
- The advance of a progressive illness such as cancer
- Permitting a disease to reach an irreversible phase when a timely diagnosis could have eliminated the illness
There is no question that some illnesses pose a distinct challenge to accurate and early diagnosis, but general physicians and specialists should be attuned to signs of such conditions so that they can avoid missing a critical diagnosis. When they are not, they can sometimes be held legally responsible for the harm that results.
You deserved an accurate diagnosis and should be compensated for health complications that resulted from a doctor’s failure to provide one. Contact the Des Moines medical malpractice lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at (515) 705-0233.