The Dangers of Delayed Diagnosis
A patient’s diagnosis is the first step in that patient’s recovery. The sooner treatment can start, the sooner an individual can move closer to being healed of his or her ailment. Treatment cannot start until there is a diagnosis, making a quick diagnosis vital to a patient’s health.
Unfortunately, some doctors may not make diagnoses in timely manners. This may be due to a number of factors, including unfamiliar symptoms. In other cases, though, this may be due to negligence. This may mean that the doctor put off the diagnosis, did not see the patient in a timely manner, or was overworked and simply did not have the time to make a prompt diagnosis.
Though not all of these issues are the doctor’s fault, most can be traced back to some medical provider, which may make the medical establishment where the individual received treatment liable for any injuries that a person suffered because of a delayed diagnosis.
A delayed diagnosis, first and foremost, may allow an individual’s condition to worsen. This means that instead of having an ailment that could have been curable, the individual’s condition may advance to a level that is impossible to cure.
When an individual suffers harm after a delayed diagnosis, he or she may be entitled to financial compensation from the medical establishment where the delayed diagnosis occurred. The individual fighting for compensation will need to file a medical malpractice lawsuit and, as such, is advised to seek experienced legal counsel to help them build and fight their case.
If you or someone you love suffered harm because your doctor failed to diagnose your medical condition in a timely manner, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries.