Illnesses and diseases often progress in stages. During each stage, different symptoms will become present. The symptoms of many diseases and illnesses are similar, making it difficult to self-diagnose. However, medical professionals receive extensive training to identify and diagnose symptoms of every conceivable disease or illness, and will often work to rule out those that are most dangerous first.
Sadly, this is not always the case. Some medical professionals jump to conclusions or are quick to diagnose based on limited or misinterpreted evidence. With this type of medical negligence, serious complications and even death can be the result.
If you have lost a loved one due to a wrong or missed diagnosis, the West Virginia medical malpractice lawyers at Jim Leach Attorneys at Law can help you establish liability and fight to get you the justice you are due.
Types of Wrong or Missed Diagnosis
Diseases and illnesses that are commonly missed or wrongly diagnosed include:
- Brain tumors
- Heart disease or heart conditions
Of course, these medical issues are also among the most deadly.
When symptoms that could indicate a serious problem are brought to the attention of a medical professional, they have an obligation to correctly diagnose and treat the problem. Time is of the essence when treating deadly diseases and illnesses. Even the smallest delay can result in catastrophic consequences.
Missed and wrong diagnosis may occur for a number of reasons such as misreading of medical tests or a failure to order the correct tests. This type of medical malpractice may occur in the lab, in a doctor’s office, or under the care of medical specialists at a hospital. There are potentially a number of liable parties, each with a team of attorney and insurance companies willing to do whatever it takes to cheat you out of a settlement.
Only with the help of an aggressive and experienced medical malpractice attorney can liability be established and proper compensation sought. Our attorney are prepared to investigate your case, establish liability, and fight to get you and your family the full compensation you deserve.
For additional information, please read our Medical Malpractice Questions page.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to a wrong or delayed diagnosis, please contact Jim Leach Attorneys at Law to schedule a free case evaluation today. We are proud to serve victims and their families throughout West Virginia and Ohio.