Many medical conditions are manageable if properly diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. Medical professionals, however, will sometimes give the wrong diagnosis or delay a diagnosis altogether. These unnecessary delays can cause severe injuries to someone with a serious medical condition. Medical mistakes typically fall into one of three categories:
- Failure to diagnose – This occurs when your medical provider does not make the connection between your symptoms and your actual medical condition. This results in no treatment.
- Misdiagnosis – This typically refers to when your medical provider thinks you have a medical condition other than the one you do have.
- Delayed diagnosis – This occurs when the diagnosis you receive isn’t timely enough to most effectively treat your condition.
When an improper diagnosis – or complete lack of one – results in an injury, you could have a medical malpractice claim. Our Denver medical malpractice lawyers have the experience and resources to help. We can help you prove:
- Your doctor made a diagnostic error.
- This mistake led to an injury, made your injury worse, or it delayed your recovery.
- You suffered damages significant to justify the costs and time associated with litigation, and for which a jury can compensate you.
If you believe you have suffered an injury because of a medical provider’s failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis, please call Burg Simpson immediately to discuss the particulars of your situation. Call a Denver medical injury lawyer today at 303-792-5595 or fill out our FREE Case Evaluation Form now. Your initial consultation comes with no costs or obligation.
As medical research advances and new drugs such as ‘clot-busting’ thrombolytic drugs become available, heart attacks – or myocardial infarctions – are more survivable and treatable than ever before. But time is of the essence when dealing with heart attacks. The slightest delay can be fatal. Unfortunately, doctors and other medical professionals sometimes fail to recognize the symptoms. In fact, heart attacks are one of the most commonly misdiagnosed medical conditions. For more information about heart attacks and the factors that can affect a proper diagnosis, click here.
Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability and one of the leading causes of death in the United States. When recognized and treated quickly, the damage caused by a stroke can be mitigated, and the likelihood of survival and recovery improve significantly. But failure to diagnose a stroke can lead to avoidable brain injury or even death. For more information about Strokes, click here.
Pulmonary embolism refers to a blockage in one of the pulmonary arteries in your lungs. Pulmonary embolism is often caused by blood clots that travel to the lungs from the legs, arms, or abdomen. It can also result from other substances such as fat or air bubbles lodging themselves in the arteries of the lungs. Pulmonary embolism can be life-threatening, and prompt treatment is necessary to reduce the risk of death. If the symptoms are misdiagnosed – or even undiagnosed – any delay can be catastrophic. Unfortunately, there are times when a fatal injury could have been prevented if the treating medical professionals had acted appropriately. Read more about Pulmonary Embolisms here.
Sepsis is a medical condition caused by a bacterial infection. In order to combat the infection, the body dumps chemicals into the bloodstream, which result in inflammatory responses. This inflammation can prompt numerous changes, damaging or even shutting down vital organs. Septic shock will occur if this progresses, with the danger of a continual drop in blood pressure that can lead to death. Sepsis is a medical emergency and must be treated immediately. If the physician or hospital staff fails to treat or diagnose sepsis, it could result in a host of problems. Read more about Sepsis here.
When diagnosed early, most forms of cancer have a relatively high recovery rate. As a general rule, the greater the delay in diagnosis, the more invasive and painful the treatments, and the lower the chances of full recovery. While methods for diagnosing cancer have improved over the years, the time doctors spend with their patients has decreased. Sometimes patients come to their doctors with concerns about their health, reporting worrisome symptoms, only to have their concerns ignored and their conditions left undiagnosed until symptoms become worse. In cases of cancer, this delay in diagnosis can have devastating effects on the patient. You can find out more about Cancer here.
A medical misdiagnosis rises to the level of malpractice only when the doctor or other medical professional fails to take appropriate steps to correctly diagnose the problem, including:
- Taking a full medical history to determine possible predispositions and risk factors
- Ordering appropriate tests to establish the cause of the problems
- Carefully maintaining records and test samples to ensure accuracy
BURG SIMPSON COLORADO MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ATTORNEYS CAN HELP
If you or someone you love has suffered a significant condition including a heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolism, sepsis, or cancer as a result of a medical professional’s failure to detect it properly, call us right now to schedule your free initial consultation. We will review your claim and help you determine the best course of action. Call the Denver medical lawsuit attorneys before it is too late at 303-792-5595.