According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, delayed or missed diagnoses result in an average of 160,000 deaths in the United States every year. It is no wonder then that delayed diagnosis claims account for upwards of 60 percent of all medical malpractice claims filed in our country.
A delay in diagnosis can result in avoidable and unnecessary complications. A delay of diagnosing certain diseases and conditions can also be deadly, taking the life of a patient who could have been saved had proper medical care been provided.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to a delay in diagnosis, please contact Penner Law Firm or call 203-878-1254 today to schedule a free consultation with one of our Connecticut malpractice lawyers.
Delay in Diagnosis as Medical Negligence
There are instances where a delay in diagnosis is due to the similarity of many diseases’ symptoms. However, while it is possible that a delay occurred when a doctor or healthcare provider was doing everything possible to provide a diagnosis, this is a not a distinction you should be required to make. Your malpractice attorney will investigate your case to determine if negligence occurred and advise you on the most effective course of action.
A delay in diagnosis may be considered medical negligence due to factors such as:
- Failure to listen to a patient’s symptoms
- Failure to order appropriate tests
- Improperly reading or interpreting test results
- Faulty diagnostic equipment
- Failure to refer a patient to a specialist
It is important to remember that a delay in diagnosis is not automatically a type of medical negligence. Even the most competent doctor can only make a diagnosis based on the information he is provided. The only way to determine if you have cause to file suit is to discuss your case with an experienced malpractice lawyer.
To schedule a free consultation with one of our Connecticut malpractice attorneys, please contact us today. Our lawyers can see you at one of our offices in Milford, Branford, Greenwich, Norwalk, or Hartford, or come to your hospital room if travel is impossible because of your injuries.