Ohio Medical Malpractice Lawyer and Cincinnati Hospital Negligence Attorney reviewing delayed diagnosis lawsuits and cases of delayed treatment for injured plaintiffs nationwide
Doctors and medical staff treating serious medical conditions have a duty to act in a prompt manner to give each patient the best chance of a minimal health impact and survival. Delayed diagnosis lawsuits arise when hospital staff, doctors and surgeons fail to either correctly diagnose a patient or delay diagnostic tests that results in complications, injury or death.
Any delay in medical treatment can be crucial for patients with a variety of health issues. A medical misdiagnosis can result in permanent injury or patient death. Because of the mismanagement of hospitals and medical centers, and the negligence of some medical staff, delayed diagnoses and delayed treatments are becoming more common medical malpractice events.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati, Ohio Hospital Negligence Lawyer and Medical Malpractice Attorney investigating claims of delayed medical treatment and filing delayed diagnosis lawsuits for plaintiffs nationwide.
Delayed Treatment & Delayed Diagnosis Lawsuits
For many patients, it is critical to correctly diagnose medical conditions quickly and begin the correct treatment as early as possible. Delaying diagnoses may lead to complications, the progression of a condition, permanent injury or death. Some medical delays and treatment errors begin with doctors who are hesitant to order a myriad of diagnostic tests and lab work.
Doctors and nurse practitioners are also known to misdiagnose patients which ultimately is another way of delayed a proper diagnosis. Radiologists, lab technicians, nurses and doctors may misinterpret tests or x–rays, or fail to perform the correct tests in the first place. Laboratory malpractice is not common, but still occurs from time to time, and with devastating consequences.
A failure to diagnose cancer, for example, is likely to result in a delayed treatment regiment that could cost a patient their life. Failure to diagnose cancer lawsuits can compensate plaintiffs for medical costs and pain and suffering.
Commonly Misdiagnosed Conditions
- Aortic dissection
- Epidural Abscess
- Breast cancer
- Brain injuries
- Pulmonary embolism
- Lung cancer
- Hearing Loss
- Cervical and Ovarian cancer
Failure to Diagnose Medical Malpractice
A failure to diagnose cancer and other serious medical conditions may be a matter of life and death. If a doctor doesn’t recognize an infection, and it is not treated, a patient’s condition can worsen considerably and may succumb to the infection, which can quickly turn into sepsis or another fatal condition.
A delayed cancer diagnosis may lead to the development of tumors throughout the body. Cancer diagnoses are very time sensitive, and treatment must begin soon after discovery for the best possible prognosis. Failure to diagnose breast cancer in routine exams can lead to malpractice lawsuits.
Some doctors will fail to perform tests because a condition looks very similar to another less severe medical condition. Doctors fail to diagnose lung cancer and other respiratory conditions typically because they present like many other conditions.
Delayed Medical Treatments
Medical professionals and hospitals are held responsible in cases where patients are misdiagnosed or are diagnosed but not attended to in a prompt manner. If doctors have tools at their disposal—MRIs, CT scans, blood tests, EKGs—but fail to use them to make a proper diagnosis, they can be held accountable by plaintiffs filing delayed diagnosis lawsuits. Delayed diagnoses and treatment claims can include any of the following:
- Emergency room misdiagnosis
- Medical mistakes and Hospital errors
- Diagnostic mistakes and lab negligence
- Surgical Errors
- Radiology Malpractice
- Failure to diagnose heart disease, stroke, or aneurysm
- Failure to recognize infection
- Delay in treatment of head injuries, brain injuries or concussions
- Cancer misdiagnosis
- Delayed cancer diagnosis
- Failure to diagnose cancer
- Failure to provide pap smears and prostate exams
- Failure to diagnose birth injury
- Mental health disorders
Delayed Treatment Lawsuits
Plaintiffs will benefit greatly from contacting an experienced medical malpractice attorney to investigate and review medical records and to determine who may be culpable in an injury or death. Hospital negligence claims will require evidence that a medical professional or hospital breached the standard of medical care by misdiagnosing or failing to diagnose a patient’s condition before complications or death.
Plaintiffs in delayed diagnosis lawsuits can expect to recover past and future medical costs, lost wages and income, rehabilitation expenses, and damages related to pain and suffering and emotional distress.
If you or a loved one has suffered through a misdiagnosis or a delay in treatment, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help Plaintiffs answer critical questions regarding delayed misdiagnosis lawsuits.