Failure to Diagnose
During the course of the past century there have been some truly remarkable advances in many different areas of medicine. Countless lives have been saved and infinitely more lives have been improved as a direct result of this progress, but human judgment and expertise is still the most important element of treatment. When a doctor fails to accurately or timely diagnose an illness, the consequences can be devastating as the illness progresses unchecked.
If you or your loved one have incurred additional medical expenses or suffered significantly worsened health because of diagnostic negligence on the part of a hospital physician, then you might consider filing a legal action against the responsible parties.
Mistakes That are Too Important to Make
We have no choice but to rely almost entirely upon the knowledge, judgment, and experience of our healthcare providers because the human body is so incredibly complex – and the things that could potentially go wrong, virtually limitless. This makes it absolutely imperative that doctors bring their full attention and expertise to bear on each case, and the failure to do so is simply irresponsible and unacceptable.
Common reasons for a failure to diagnose a condition include:
- Misinterpretation of lab results or imaging scans
- Failure to perform reasonably expected and necessary tests
- Dismissal of patient’s self-reporting of symptoms
- Fatigue from excessive shift work and insufficient rest
- Bias-driven presumptions about patient lifestyle
Of course, none of these reasons are excuses for a lapse in judgment that harms a patient. Our Des Moines failure to diagnose attorneys are committed to assisting victims of such negligence and their families.
We understand that you are discouraged and disappointed with the medical malpractice that you have encountered. We also understand how to help you forward.