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How Do ‘Failure to Diagnose’ Cases Work?

by The Beasley Firm  |  September 9, 2022  |  

Obtaining Compensation for Harm Related to a Doctor’s Failure to Diagnose

When you go to a doctor for treatment, you expect an accurate and timely diagnosis. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. Healthcare providers can miss critical signs or symptoms, resulting in serious harm. If a doctor fails to diagnose your condition, you might be entitled to compensation through a medical malpractice claim.

At The Beasley Firm, LLC, we have secured multiple multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts for individuals injured by a doctor’s failure to diagnose. Our law firm has been obtaining record-setting results for our clients for over 60 years. We work tirelessly to ensure that negligent healthcare providers are held accountable for their wrongdoing. 

If you believe that you were harmed due to a doctor’s failure to diagnose, contact our office at (215) 866-2424 for a free consultation. 

What Harm Can Result from a Doctor’s Failure to Diagnose?

A healthcare professional’s failure to timely diagnose an illness or injury can result in severe harm. Depending on the situation, it may result in a delay in necessary treatment. In some circumstances, it may even prove fatal.

Harm that can result from a doctor’s failure to diagnose:

  • Delay in treatment
  • Improper treatment
  • Worsening symptoms
  • Prescription of the wrong medication
  • Continued pain and discomfort
  • Exacerbation of the condition

It is essential to discuss your case with a failure to diagnose attorney as early as possible. An attorney can help determine whether the healthcare provider was negligent and if you should pursue a claim based on medical malpractice. 

How to Obtain Compensation for a Failure to Diagnose Claim

The most important thing you can do if you believe you have suffered harm from a doctor’s failure to diagnose is to contact an attorney. An attorney will review your case and discuss whether you may be eligible to file a claim for damages. You only have a limited amount of time to pursue compensation against a liable party, so it is imperative to act quickly. 

Is a Misdiagnosis the Same as a Failure to Diagnose?

Despite being discussed together, misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose refer to two different things. 

A failure to diagnose occurs when a doctor or healthcare provider does not diagnose a person’s injury or illness. A failure to diagnose may also be called a missed diagnosis. A misdiagnosis, on the other hand, is when a doctor gives the wrong diagnosis. 

A doctor’s failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis can both lead to serious health problems and are two of the leading forms of medical mistakes in the country. This is true in traditional hospital environments as well as sports medicine, where misdiagnosis is common too.

How We Can Help

At The Beasley Firm, we have helped recover tens of millions of dollars on behalf of failure to diagnose victims nationwide. Our case results include a $5 million settlement for a client who sustained a paraplegia injury resulting from a doctor’s failure to diagnose and treat an infection after spinal surgery.

Our lawyers also recovered a $4.5 million settlement when a healthcare provider failed to diagnose a congenital heart defect in a little boy resulting in brain damage. Additionally, a client received a $4.4 million verdict after their doctor failed to diagnose tongue cancer. 

In a tragic case, we obtained a $4 million settlement on behalf of the family of a young man who died after a doctor failed to diagnose a post-operative bleed. These are only a few of the many victories that we have secured for our clients. 

Contact Our Office for a Free Case Evaluation

If you believe that a healthcare provider’s failure to diagnose resulted in harm to you or a loved one, contact our office at (215) 866-2424. We provide free, no-obligation case evaluations for medical malpractice claims. Call now to get started.

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