When A Doctor Fails To Diagnose A Medical Condition
Early and decisive diagnosis and treatment is often the best form of medical care. When diseases are recognized early, doctors usually have many options for treatment. Patients may be given treatments that are not invasive and face favorable prognosis.
This is particularly true for serious illnesses.
When doctors fail to order the proper tests, or when they fail to review the results or correctly interpret them, the outcome can be disastrous. When a disease is left untreated, certain remedies may no longer work, and the illness can become dangerous or even fatal. Sometimes, even in the best-case scenario, a patient will have to endure invasive or painful treatments over a long period of time.
If you or a loved one has been injured because of a medical professional’s negligence in diagnosis, it is important to understand your rights. We are here to help you do precisely that.
Ohio Doctor Misdiagnosis Attorneys
With more than four decades of practice and tens of millions of dollars obtained for clients, we at Colley Shroyer & Abraham are prepared to bring our expertise to help you obtain the compensation you deserve in cases involving:
- Delayed diagnosis of cancer, including colon, breast and lung cancer
- Failure to diagnose a heart attack, pulmonary embolism or stroke
- Delays in treating bleeding and infections
As well as failure to:
- Properly read X-rays or mammograms
- Consider and diagnose
- Follow accepted standards of care
- Note or act upon patient complaints
- Recognize the most serious diagnosis
- Communicate with other physicians and care providers
Examples of our lawyers’ success:
$947,500 For Medical Malpractice
A 5-month-old baby, was brought to his pediatrician with a high fever that did not resolve over the course of several days. His physician failed to comprehend the urgency of the baby’s rapidly deteriorating condition and failed to timely take appropriate action, resulting in a delayed diagnosis of meningitis that caused plaintiff to suffer brain damage. As a result, he now suffers from deafness in his right ear as well as multiple developmental disabilities affecting his fine and gross motor skills and his ability to learn.
$2,325,000 — Trial: A 4-month-old baby developed a fever. The pediatrician obtained blood work but failed to recognize that the white blood cell count showed signs of an infection. As a result, the spinal meningitis was untreated and the young boy suffered amputation of his feet and fingertips from the untreated bacterial infection that resulted in lack of blood flow.
$2,000,000 — A 35-year-old woman had gastric bypass surgery. As a result she had frequent episodes of vomiting and her diet was affected. Approximately six months after the surgery, she developed ataxia (inability to walk) and vision problems. She was hospitalized for several weeks, but the neurologist could not determine what was wrong, so he decided to discharge her to that nursing home. Prior to the discharge she began to develop mental confusion. She had what is known as Wernicke’s encephalopathy caused by a thiamine deficiency. All she needed was a shot of thiamine for immediate recovery. This disease is usually with alcoholics who don’t eat and only drink. She was transferred to the hospital and a diagnosis was made, but it was too late to prevent serious complications, including inability to walk and a speech impediment.
At Colley Shroyer & Abraham, our Columbus, Ohio, failure to diagnose attorneys represent injured people in Columbus and throughout Ohio, including Logan, Waverly and Delaware County.