When a patient visits their doctor for a check-up, scan, or procedure, there’s a level of trust involved in that relationship. The patient trust that their healthcare provider will perform the necessary steps to determine what is behind the symptoms that brought the patient to the doctor in the first place.
Unfortunately, in many instances, the medical provider makes the wrong diagnosis or fails to diagnose the true medical problem resulting in that condition getting even worse and making the patient sicker. In fact, instances of missed diagnosis or misdiagnosis are the most common reasons why a patient filed a medical malpractice claim against their doctor.
Our team of Virginia Beach & Norfolk missed diagnosis malpractice lawyers understand why these situations can be so traumatizing and frustrating for patients. A misdiagnosis, or incorrect diagnosis, can result in a patient following the wrong treatment plan. This can delay proper treatment and even harm the patient because they may be prescribed medications they do not actually need and may have detrimental side effects.
If a patient has cancer, an early and correct diagnosis can make a major difference in the patient’s prognosis and treatment plan. It is absolutely critical for physicians to make a proper diagnosis as soon as possible when it comes to detecting cancer, especially with regard to diagnostic tests, MRI’s, x-rays, CT scans and other tests specifically done to rule out a disease or cancer. A missed cancer diagnosis or a failure to diagnose cancer can have life-threatening ramifications. We’ve handled cases where a patient’s cancer grew by 3 or 4 fold because their doctor completely failed to diagnose the cancer. By the time it was detected, the patient was forced to undergo a much more aggressive chemotherapy treatment plan and there were no assurances that would even help. Suffering cancer is terrible enough, but suffering from a worse cancer that could have been treated if caught earlier, is a double burden. When a doctor fails to diagnose a cancer that should have been found, the psychological toll is immense.
Our Virginia Beach & Norfolk missed diagnosis malpractice law firm often sees cases involving:
- Aortic dissection
- Heart Attack
- Pulmonary embolism
We also see many missed cancer diagnosis cases involving:
- Breast cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Lung cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Testicular cancer
If you or a loved one was the victim of a misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis by a medical provider, you may be entitled to restitution for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and where a death results, wrongful death statutes provide for a wide spectrum of other damages and losses that can be recovered. Our team of Virginia Beach & Norfolk medical malpractice and wrongful death lawyers have successfully represented victims of misdiagnoses and missed diagnoses. We have decades of legal experience and the resources necessary to handle these complex personal injury and wrongful death cases. Contact us today for a free, confidential consultation.