Failure To Diagnose: A Far Too Common Problem

One of the primary responsibilities of medical professionals is to make timely, accurate diagnoses. Without an accurate assessment of what's wrong, they can't effectively treat the underlying condition.

A common form of medical negligence involves failure to diagnose life-threatening conditions such as a heart attack, stroke, infection, head injuries and cancer. This needless error can happen in one of several ways:

  • The doctor may have overlooked the problem entirely. For example, perhaps you sought treatment for symptoms of a heart attack at an emergency room. The busy, overworked staff may have sent you home after only a cursory examination. Missed diagnosis is especially common in these situations.
  • The doctor may have failed to conduct appropriate diagnostic tests. One of the advantages of modern medicine is that technological advances hold the keys to many lifesaving diagnoses. Sometimes, however, doctors negligently fail to order the right lab work, X-rays, MRIs or other diagnostic procedures.
  • The doctor may have made the wrong diagnosis. An erroneous diagnosis can be just as harmful as no diagnosis at all. In fact, it may lead to unnecessary risk through ineffective courses of treatment.

Any of these situations can amount to medical malpractice. However, it's always important to seek a professional assessment of your legal options.

We Step In Where Medical Professionals Have Failed

If you believe an erroneous diagnosis may have contributed to the harm you or a loved one suffered, you deserve answers. Contact the Hartford area law firm of Sheffy, Mazzaccaro, DePaolo & DeNigris, LLP, to speak with a lawyer about your options. Our goal is to make things right for those who have been wronged by medical professionals.

Our founding attorney, Tony Sheffy, will apply more than 25 years of experience to help you pursue maximum financial recovery. His dedication is evident in the millions of dollars he has won for injury victims and their families across Connecticut. You can expect this same level of determination and personalized attention from our entire legal team.

For more information about how we can help, please call our office in Southington at 860-384-6319 or toll free 800-221-5026. We offer contingency fee representation.