Medical malpractice can come in many forms, ranging from surgical errors to prescribing the wrong medication. One common form of medical malpractice is delayed diagnosis, where a doctor fails to diagnose a health issue due to negligence. Delayed diagnosis can have devastating consequences to the health of you or your loved one, leading to further health complications, incorrect treatment, and sometimes even death.
At Davis Levin Livingston, we assist clients from all walks of life in the pursuit of medical malpractice claims. Our firm has helped a number of clients win medical malpractice cases, including suits related to delayed diagnosis. If you or a loved one has been hurt or has died due to delayed diagnosis, we would like the opportunity to explain your legal options. If we can prove that the delay was due to negligence, there is a strong chance our Hawaii delayed diagnosis lawyers can help you get compensation for your injuries. From our office in downtown Honolulu, we serve clients across all the Hawaiian Islands.
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Delayed Diagnosis—Causes & Consequences
Medical professionals are expected to do everything they reasonably can to provide you with appropriate medical care. One of the most important components of proper medical care is diagnosis, where the doctor examines your circumstances, conducts the appropriate tests, and comes to a conclusion about what the problem is. Unfortunately, some medical professionals are more reliable than others.
The reasons for a delayed diagnosis can range from carelessness to willful neglect. The doctor may assume he or she knows what is wrong in spite of contrary evidence and waste valuable time trying to treat you for something you do not have. He or she may be convinced that you are misunderstanding your symptoms and fail to listen to your input about what you are personally experiencing. The doctor may also order the wrong tests, or be so busy with other things that he or she fails to review your test results in a timely manner. There are many, many ways a medical professional can take too long to diagnose your health issue, exposing you to sometimes extreme danger.
Delayed diagnosis can lead to a variety of problems, including:
- Incorrect treatment
- Delayed treatment
- Progression of a dangerous disease
- Failure to arrest aggressive diseases in time, such as cancer
Signs of a Delayed Diagnosis
When you go to the doctor to get advice on a health issue, you expect that your doctor will go through all the available options to determine what the problem is. Once he or she has examined all of the evidence, you expect a diagnosis that will lead to treatment for your issue. But sometimes when you visit a doctor, you do not get satisfying answers to your questions.
Although it is difficult to identify when a diagnosis has been delayed, there are a few things you can look for:
- Are you not feeling any better?
- Do you feel like the doctor is not listening to you when you explain your symptoms?
- How long have you been going to the doctor for the current health issue?
- Does it seem like it is taking longer than it should to come to a diagnosis?
These and other questions can help reveal if you are not receiving the proper diagnosis, treatment, and care that you need.
What to Do If You Suspect a Delayed Diagnosis
If you are in a situation where you suspect that the doctor may be failing to correctly diagnose your issue, it is always a good idea to get a second opinion. It can sometimes take visiting two or three additional doctors to get a satisfactory answer to your questions. There is no shame in seeking another doctor’s opinion when you are worried about your health. If there is any question in your mind, go see another medical professional.
Contact Our Hawaii Medical Malpractice Firm Now
If you have seen another doctor and you have found that your diagnosis was delayed, or if your original doctor has admitted that the diagnosis was delayed, you may have the option of pursuing legal action if the delay led to an injury. Doctors have an obligation to provide quality care to all patients. If a doctor failed to take proper care of you and you were hurt, please contact our Hawaii delayed diagnosis attorneys now. Let us help you understand your legal options and get you the compensation you deserve.
Call us at (808) 740-0633 for a free consultation.