Failing to Diagnose an Illness or Condition Can Cause Catastrophic Results
Protecting victims of delayed or improper diagnoses throughout Washington, D.C.
Failing to diagnose a medical condition or illness can delay a necessary or lifesaving treatment. When that failure is the result of negligence on behalf of healthcare providers, it may be an act of medical malpractice. Paulson & Nace, PLLC, has extensive experience helping victims throughout Washington, D.C. by determining whether or not their doctors’ failure to diagnose their illness or condition led to their injuries, and then fighting to obtain the compensation they need to begin their recovery process.
Commonly misdiagnosed and undiagnosed conditions
The reasons why a condition is misdiagnosed or undiagnosed vary. At Paulson & Nace, we regularly assist our clients who have suffered injury because of a delayed, missed or incorrect diagnosis of:
- Cancer. Missing the signs and symptoms of cancer can have devastating and potentially deadly results. Our team of lawyers has experience helping families whose loved ones were seriously harmed by a delayed or failed cancer diagnosis.
- Heart conditions. Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in America. Failure to diagnose a heart attack or heart-related condition can contribute to the number of needless deaths each year and may prevent a patient from getting the help necessary to control or fix the condition.
- Stroke. The most common “sign” of a stroke – numbness in the left side of the body – does not always occur. In fact, many people have mistaken a stroke for a bout of indigestion. A doctor, however, is expected to know the difference. A misdiagnosed or undiagnosed stroke could have lifelong effects.
- Infections. Hospital acquired infections (HAIs) are fairly common, especially for patients who have undergone surgery or whose immune systems are compromised in some way. Healthcare providers who fail to monitor their patients effectively and efficiently may miss or delay the diagnosis of an infection, a potentially fatal error. This is especially true when doctors fail to diagnose sepsis, a dangerous infection of the blood.
- Bowel leak. A perforated bowel can cause serious pain and discomfort, and if left untreated may necessitate surgery or the permanent use of a colostomy bag. In the most tragic cases, an undiagnosed bowel leak may prove fatal to the patient.
Paulson & Nace has spent decades advocating on behalf of patients whose conditions worsened as the result of a failed or missed diagnosis. We are a skilled team of trial attorneys who understand how important it is to file a medical malpractice claim within the legal timelines. We are unafraid to take our cases to court to stand trial, and prepare thoroughly in case a trial is necessary. We know that the future of your family may depend on our aggressive and comprehensive representation.
You are not alone if your doctor failed to diagnose your condition
Paulson & Nace, PLLC, proudly advocates on behalf of medical malpractice victims throughout Washington, D.C. You do not have to go through this experience alone. If you believe that your illness may have worsened because a doctor’s failure to diagnose or missed diagnosis kept you from the treatment you needed, we want to hear your story. Please call 202-463-1999 or fill out our contact form for more information.