Were You Harmed By a Missed or Delayed Diagnosis in Washington DC?
In order to provide effective medical care, physicians and medical professionals must achieve an accurate diagnosis to understand what is wrong with the patient. Unfortunately, patients will not always have conditions accurately diagnosed the first time around, so they may end up undergoing procedures they do not need or missing the window for early treatment options that may have been more effective than those available for more advanced progressive conditions. If you have been the victim of a medical misdiagnosis, you may be able to seek compensation for your medical care with the representation of the medical malpractice lawyers at The Cochran Law Firm, D.C. Our Washington, D.C. team specializes in medical malpractice cases, and we can help you get the compensation you deserve due to physician negligence and medical misdiagnosis.
Possible Causes for Misdiagnosis
A misdiagnosis can lead to a wide range of possible problems in your care. For example, with a condition like breast cancer, early treatment can be lifesaving. If cancer is not diagnosed in a patient who has had regular screenings, more extreme treatments may become necessary, and they might not be as effective as early treatment procedures, such as lumpectomy and radiation. Below, are some of the reasons an accurate diagnosis may be missed:
- Limited facetime with patients – Many physicians see dozens of patients each day, and they average only a few minutes of facetime per visit. In these short interactions, a doctor might easily overlook a patient’s symptoms or fail to listen to complaints of a worsening condition.
- Failure to refer to a specialist – In some cases, an accurate diagnosis may rely on referral to a specialist or another physician for a second opinion. It is up to your doctor to facilitate these visits, and failure to do so could result in a malpractice case.
- Failure to communicate test results – There are situations in which a condition will be identified through a screening or diagnostic procedure, but the patient will not be informed of the test results. Often, this will occur when a test intended to identify one condition reveals another, unanticipated result.
Seeking Compensation for Your Medical Misdiagnosis
Medical malpractice cases are complex, and they will require the expertise of a malpractice firm attorney like The Cochran Firm, D.C.. When it comes to medical malpractice, it is best to schedule an initial consultation with our office to discuss your case and learn if you may be eligible for compensation. To make an appointment for a confidential, complimentary consultation in our Washington, D.C. office, call us today at (202) 830-0220.